From the March 2018 issue of Lion’s Roar.
Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries
By Rami Shapiro
Sounds True 2017; 232 pp., $16.95 (paper)
Rabbi Rami Shapiro isn’t against religion, but he believes there is something religious bigwigs don’t want you to know: “Brand-name parochial religions are concerned with their respective truths rather than the Perennial Wisdom at the mystic heart of all religion. Knowing this allows you to learn from and even participate in all religions without becoming trapped by any of them.” Shapiro rejects any belief that incites fear and hatred of the other, and celebrates any belief that opens minds and hearts. He advocates using religious, spiritual language to unmask the absurdities of religion and spirituality and he calls himself and all those engaged in this endeavor “holy rascals.” As he sees it, the most effective tool in the holy rascal’s toolbox is humor, a tool that he puts to work in this book.