Review: “Holy Rascals”

We review “Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries” by Rami Shapiro.

Andrea Miller
7 March 2018

Holy Rascals

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.

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller is the editor of Lion’s Roar magazine. She’s the author of Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life, as well as the picture book The Day the Buddha Woke Up.