religious studies discussion 3 paragraphs 2

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Here is a succinct review of Holy Clues: “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.”

For this posting I want you to not only react to and with the book, but I would also like you to apply some of its themes to some of the literature. There is a link to Sherlock Holmes stories on the homepage, and you can find the same stories in any library or bookstore, but as well there has been a host of post Arthur Conan Doyle depictions especially in film. A favorite of mine is The Seven-Per-Cent Solution which was both a novel and a film about the collaboration of Sherlock Holmes with Sigmund Freud. Among its plot themes are the addiction and rehabilitations of both Sherlock’s and Sigmund’s cocaine addictions. At any rate, field is ripe for harvest, so please do start gathering in the sheaves.

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