The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God ~ Dr. Steve McSwain

In a groundbreaking new book, author Steve McSwain summons a new kind of spirituality—one that truly connects people to God and to each other, regardless of race, nationality, or faith.

The survival of humanity is at stake,” writes McSwain. “Virtually every conflict—between nations, religions, even between people within the same religion—has been the inevitable consequence of the narcissistic notion in practically every religion that assumes, ‘We’re right; You’re wrong!’ ‘We’re in; You’re out!’ ‘We’re the chosen ones; You’re not!’ Such insanity must end, if humanity is to survive.”

The Enoch Factor is a disarmingly candid memoir on how misdirected religion has become, including Christianity. It calls for an end to religious dogmatism and fundamentalism and the consequential crisis of faith that is driving millions to question lifelong beliefs, to change religions, or to abandon faith altogether.

More than a personal odyssey, The Enoch Factor is a testament to the possibility of a spiritual awakening, one that genuinely transforms the human condition. With fresh insights into the teachings of Jesus, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and New Age thought, Dr. McSwain shows readers how to experience a spirituality beyond the distinctions and divisions that have divided people and religions for eons. It is in The Enoch Factor that readers discover what the author describes as “the sacred art of knowing God.”

Dr. McSwain’s Bio
He grew up in the Baptist church, but he’s an advocate of interfaith dialogue. He was a Christian minister for over 20 years, but didn’t receive his spiritual awakening until he quit going to church. Today, he is devoted to his Christian faith, but argues that Christianity isn’t the only path to God.
Dr. Steve McSwain may be a walking contradiction. Or, he may speak for a growing number of Americans who have left the church, but are blazing roads to God on their own.

Inside The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God (ISBN: 978-1-57312-556-7, Smyth & Helwys, June 2010, $18.00), McSwain reaches out to an ever-growing segment of the American population: those who came to church to find God, but discovered a complex and frustrating set of rules and burdens instead. Disenchanted, they switched denominations, or left entirely.

“Instead of a bridge to God, religion is often a barrier to God,” says Dr. McSwain. “Why else would over 34 million Americans have left the church in recent years? My goal isn’t to bring these people back to church, but help those who hunger for an authentic spiritual life create the conditions for one.”

Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. McSwain was a minister for two decades in some of America’s largest churches. He received his Doctorate in Theology during that time (in 1986), and preached feverishly to God’s followers. But while steeped in religion, his life lacked spirituality.

“Sometimes I wonder if being ‘Christian’ for many people is little more than some ego identification, a role they play. It was for me,” says Dr. McSwain. “I mistakenly thought being a Christ-follower was subscribing to a certain set of beliefs, holding membership in a Christian church, or both. When I awakened, however, this all changed: I now realize there’s a day-and-night difference between labeling yourself a Christian and living a Christ-conscious life, one in touch with what Buddhists call your ‘Buddha-nature.’”

He experienced his “awakening,” what he describes as a satori in Eastern terms, on a normal Sunday, but outside the church. Detailed in The Enoch Factor, this event inspired Dr. McSwain to embrace a new kind of spirituality: One that connects people to God and to other human beings, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or religious persuasion. He hopes his circuitous spiritual path helps others re-discover their sacred selves.

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