Background to The Ferry Boat.
When I was thirteen years old, I looked up at the star-filled night sky and realised that I was just a tiny speck of humanity on a small planet circling a minor sun in a far corner of a vast universe. If God was bigger than the Universe, as I had been taught to believe, then such a God could not possibly be interested in me. With this bleak realisation I abandoned the faith the nuns at my primary school had instilled in me and decided that I was an atheist.
Later, when my so-loving mother died of cancer at the age of 52, just as the grandchildren she had longed for were beginning to arrive, my disbelief in any loving, caring and almighty God was reinforced. Reading the work of Richard Dawkins provided me with an alternative but depressing solution as to why we are here.
However, when at the age of 55, I started my writing career, I discovered that I was not an atheist but a seeker. The characters in my novels, both human and animal, seemed to know much more about the real Meaning of Life than I did and I felt that my squirrels, dolphins, whales and elephants were conspiring to enlighten me.
A series of synchronistic experiences, most dramatically the making of rain in the Kalahari Desert, forced me to stand back and evaluate what I had learned; and I became aware of the presence of a benign, father-like but less than all-mighty god here on Planet Earth.
Wishing to share this knowledge with other seekers, I wrote this book. The Ferry Boat of the title is the vessel that will carry the open-minded seeker across the River of Disbelief when traditional bridges offered by established Faiths have proved impassable. If you too are a seeker of truth, or even just unhappy about some aspects of your present faith, you will find much of interest in this book.
Summary of The Ferry Boat.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One describes my spiritual journey from boyhood through a period when I believed I was an atheist, in which I describe the events which brought me to the conclusion that there is a God here on Planet Earth who will take a fatherly interest in each of us if we invite him to.
In Part Two I discuss the reasons for this conclusion and explain, by use of analogies, how the reader can test out these ideas and see if they can reach the same conclusion.
In Part Three I suggest what the reader might do if they want to progress on this path. The final chapter is an allegorical story of a couple who are seeking Godlovesyouland, and the failure of established Faiths to provide a satisfactory way to cross The River of Disbelief. Could the answer be to use The Ferry Boat?
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