Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World

Gospel means good news!

Chris Highland’s A Freethinker’s Gospel is indeed good news. In a time of chasms that divide, this is a book of bridges. In a time of polarized certainties, it is a book that models how clear commitment to a humanistic, naturalistic approach to life can walk hand-in-hand with genuine curiosity about differences of belief.
~ The Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs

 Chris Highland was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and lived for over 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a Protestant minister and Interfaith chaplain for many years before becoming a Humanist celebrant.

With a degree in Religion and Philosophy from an evangelical Christian university (Seattle Pacific) and a Master of Divinity degree from a diverse consortium of seminaries (Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley), he has been active in “presence ministry” and nonprofit work in a private school, a county jail, homeless shelters, and affordable housing.

Chris Highland

He is the author of ten books including Meditations of John Muir, My Address is a River, Life After Faith, the novella Jesus and John Muir, as well as an essay collection, Nature is Enough. He has taught courses on Nature Literature and Freethought in California and North Carolina.

Chris blogs at Secular Chaplain. As a member of The Clergy Project, he contributes to Rational Doubt on Patheos. Seeking wider connections, he also holds membership in the American Humanist Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Religious Naturalist Association, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Since 2016 he has written weekly “Highland Views” columns for the Asheville Citizen-Times (a USA Today affiliate), addressing humanism, the natural world, and sensitive issues of faith. Previous books include his “Meditations” series of Henry David Thoreau (2002), Ralph Waldo Emerson (2004), Walt Whitman (2004), Margaret Fuller (2007), and John Burroughs (2007).

Chris Highland will speak and read on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Malaprops, 55 Haywood Street downtown, at 6 p.m., and Thursday, October 25 at Grateful Steps, 30 Ben Lippen School Road in Leicster, at 7 p.m. For more details, call (828) 301-8968.

Chris Highland and his wife Carol, a Presbyterian minister, live in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit his website at www.chighland.com.


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