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Behind the Altar

Robert Henman

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ISBN 10: 1436324874 / ISBN 13: 9781436324878
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Title: Behind the Altar

Publisher: Xlibris

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:GOOD

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BEHIND THE ALTAR by Robert Henman
Xlibris Publishing 2008
ISBN 978-1-4363-2487-8

This is a work of fiction reflecting on the role of contemporary institutional religions in the modern world. Over the past 500 years science has emerged as a challenge to contemporary religions that have their origins in the mythical and classical consciousness of the past 3000 years. Those modes of consciousness have collapsed into an eclectic mix of consciousness. Do traditional forms of religion have a role in the future of humanity? This story, based on the author's 24 year experience of working in pastoral and educational positions with the Roman Catholic Church, attempts to raise this question. It challenges the reader to reflect on their own authentic "way" of moving forward. As all issues in contemporary society, the issue is global and serious, as we witness the tension between religions, not unlike that of the Medieval Period in Europe and its destructive colonization of valid cultures world wide. History, or perhaps the longer cycle of decline, will perpetuate itself until some cross cultural, cross gender, and foundational human commonality is empirically discovered. This story is an attempt to reveal local functioning problems as a manifestation of a much larger historical problem. The story ends with a subtle pointing towards solution.

This novel is about personal survival within the context of modern institutions, more specifically, contemporary religions. The main character, Jimmie Deveau, and his wife Mel, work as pastoral associates with the Roman Catholic Church. The institution begins to take its toll on their personal lives. Jimmie has had to deal with numerous problems in his career and he accepted them as part of his job and life in general. As ongoing problems emerge within the institution, Jimmie discovers a secret about his childhood that has been kept from him. Jimmie finds himself wondering whether

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Behind the Altar is Robert Henman's first work of fiction. He has published articles in philosophy, psychotherapy, theology, and ethics. He is the author of a text on the Educational Psychology of Religion, The Child as Quest, University Press of America, 1984. He recently retired as a Pastoral Associate with the Archdiocese of Halifax. For over two decades Robert has been lecturing in philosophy and ethics to undergraduate and medical students. He and his wife Olive Dewan have two adult children and live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information or to contact Robert see his website

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