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Book Title: How Good Do We Have to Be?: A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness|
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The author of the book: Harold S. Kushner
Edition: Little Brown and Company
Date of issue: September 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780316507417
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Reader ratings: 5.6
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Objectively reviewing a book is hard at the best of times. Typically one finds it hard to tone back scathe, or worship. Oddly I've found one harder in How Good to We Have to Be?
Let me explain.
I agree with the basic thesis of this piece - high standards are OK, but don't forget we are fallible imperfect humans who should forgive ourselves and each other.
My problem is where this comes from. Its driving philosophy directly from the Bible is controversial than interpreting the Bible metaphorically is surely more dire. After all while Kushner believes the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is symbolic of understanding our own imminent mortality (amongst other things,) there are surely infinite analogies to be made.
Kushner relies on personal stories, literature, and psychotherapy to back up his point. Not the worst makings of a non-fiction piece, however Kushner is trying to argue here 'how good we have to be' - to put my criticism bluntly: What if he's wrong?
Perhaps I'm being mildly unfair, I suspect it is in fact impossible to truly answer such a question spiritually, only logically.
Anyways, babbles aside. This is short in stature, surprising in its tolerance, treatise on religious morality, and while things get a little weird towards the end when Kushner discussing familial relationships, his philosophy is agreeable if only essentially his opinion on the matter.
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