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Holy Clues : The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes

af Stephen Kendrick, Arthur Conan Doyle

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If God is the greatest mystery of them all, then why not, in pursuit of God, consult the greatest detective of them all? In this imaginative and surprisingly profound book, Stephen Kendrick reveals Sherlock Holmes as spiritual guide. Drawing on the teachings of Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism--as well as a host of thinkers as varied as Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Vincent van Gogh--Kendrick explores the stories of Sherlock Holmes and finds remarkably prescient religious insights. He shows us the link between careful observation of clues and the Buddhist concept of "Bare Attention." He illuminates the parallel between the great sleuth's pursuit of justice and God's actions on the scene of the first murder, when Cain slew Abel. And in the detective's open, engaged mind, Kendrick finds a model for uniting the principles of science with a sincere spiritual quest. The result is a book of inspiration for the modern, skeptical searcher--and an entertaining work that sheds new light on the methods of the world's greatest detective.… (mere)
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Investigating Life's Mysteries with Sherlock Holmes. Review: This book is very hard to categorize. It is most easily described as a series of informal lectures on the religious viewpoints inherant in the published Sherlock Holmes stories. The individual essays are lively and interesting without feeling at all "Preachy" to one who has heard far too many sermons in the past. It is obvious that the author has thought extensively about the material and has concluded that there are strong religious elements in the tales.
The fact that the author is a Universalist minister with postgraduate degrees in Divinity and Writing indicates the main viewpoint of his writing. Rationalism and scientific examination of the universe provide a strong basis for religion that can de-emphasize Revelation as a source for faith. The strongly rational point of view of the Canonical writings fits well into this viewpoint and provides ample materials for religious analysis. The author makes a good case for the religious content of the tales and provides a number of insights into the thinking behind them and the assumptions buried therein. It also manages to be a warm and humane book by an author whose own nature gives his words a special glow.
This book is an intriguing analysis of the Canon. It is thought-provoking and well written by an enthusiastic Holmesian. If you enjoy such materials and enjoy speculating on philosophy and religion, this book belongs in your library.
Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, 2003
  mmckay | Apr 7, 2006 |
Investigating Life's Mysteries with Sherlock Holmes. Review: This book is very hard to categorize. It is most easily described as a series of informal lectures on the religious viewpoints inherant in the published Sherlock Holmes stories. The individual essays are lively and interesting without feeling at all "Preachy" to one who has heard far too many sermons in the past. It is obvious that the author has thought extensively about the material and has concluded that there are strong religious elements in the tales.
The fact that the author is a Universalist minister with postgraduate degrees in Divinity and Writing indicates the main viewpoint of his writing. Rationalism and scientific examination of the universe provide a strong basis for religion that can de-emphasize Revelation as a source for faith. The strongly rational point of view of the Canonical writings fits well into this viewpoint and provides ample materials for religious analysis. The author makes a good case for the religious content of the tales and provides a number of insights into the thinking behind them and the assumptions buried therein. It also manages to be a warm and humane book by an author whose own nature gives his words a special glow.
This book is an intriguing analysis of the Canon. It is thought-provoking and well written by an enthusiastic Holmesian. If you enjoy such materials and enjoy speculating on philosophy and religion, this book belongs in your library.
Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, 2003
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If God is the greatest mystery of them all, then why not, in pursuit of God, consult the greatest detective of them all? In this imaginative and surprisingly profound book, Stephen Kendrick reveals Sherlock Holmes as spiritual guide. Drawing on the teachings of Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism--as well as a host of thinkers as varied as Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Vincent van Gogh--Kendrick explores the stories of Sherlock Holmes and finds remarkably prescient religious insights. He shows us the link between careful observation of clues and the Buddhist concept of "Bare Attention." He illuminates the parallel between the great sleuth's pursuit of justice and God's actions on the scene of the first murder, when Cain slew Abel. And in the detective's open, engaged mind, Kendrick finds a model for uniting the principles of science with a sincere spiritual quest. The result is a book of inspiration for the modern, skeptical searcher--and an entertaining work that sheds new light on the methods of the world's greatest detective.

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