PZ’s Panopticon: An Off-the-Wall Guide to World Religion


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Imagine you have ten minutes to live. You’re in a near-death situation, like the patient who’s being operated on and suddenly finds himself looking down on the action as the doctors try to save his life. What do you need to know when your life’s end is near? What is there to know? What can this religion or that religion say to you when you really need some light? PZ’s Panopticon weighs the world’s organized religions, such as Christianity and Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism; but it also weighs “dead” religions like those of the Aztecs, the ancient Egyptians, and the Greeks and Romans. There are also religions that are not called religions, like money and fame and sex; family and children; ideology and power. PZ’s Panopticon is a wild ride. But it’s part of a trip we’re all going to take.

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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x .5 in


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    What would you do if one day something happened to knock you off every prized axiom and slam you into an alternate universe where you have to learn “God” without the benefit of religious rails? Paul Zahl tells of such an experience in PZ’s Panopticon, working through the world’s religious systems to finally discover, not the god of modern-day American Christianity, but the strong, sustaining God who lives in the valley of the Springs of Baca (Psalm 84). His voracious appetite for fiction and movies makes this a colorful and enjoyable guide, especially for those of us who were nearly destroyed by the church. I highly recommend a careful reading for those sentences and phrases that only Paul Zahl can manufacture.

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