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Fourth-generation fundamentalist Carlton Pearson, a Christian megastar and host, takes a courageous and controversial stand on religion: he proposes a hell-less Christianity and a gospel of inclusion that calls for an end to local and worldwide conflicts and divisions along religious lines.

The Gospel of Inclusion explores the exclusionary doctrines in mainstream religion and concludes that, according to the evidence of the Bible and irrefutable logic, they cannot be true. Bishop Pearson argues that the controlling dogmas of religion are the source of much of the world's ills and that we should turn our backs on proselytizing and holy wars and focus on the real good news: that we are all bound for glory, everybody is saved, and if we believe God loves all mankind, then we have no choice but to have the same attitude ourselves.

The Gospel of Inclusion also tells the story of a powerful religious figure who watched everything he had crumble due to a scandal. Why? He didn't steal money nor did he have inappropriate sexual relationships. Following a revelation from God, he began to preach that a loving God would not condemn most of the human race to hell because they are not Christian. He preaches that God belongs to no religion. The Gospel of Inclusion is the journey of one man's quest to preach a new truth.

©2008 Bishop Carlton Pearson (P)2008 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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Would you try another book from Bishop Carlton Pearson and/or Bishop Carlton Pearson?

Depends on the topic

What about Bishop Carlton Pearson’s performance did you like?

He's an Evangelical Preacher, so he knows how to project, resonate, and modulate his voice for effect. I'm glad he narrated his own book.

Was The Gospel of Inclusion worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I'm horrible about giving up something for Lent and sticking with it. So in recent years, I decided during Lent to read a book with a religious theme, someone's experience of God or something spiritual and mystical. This seemed a more positive way of participating without torturing myself with giving up bread, alcohol or cake.

This year I choose "The Gospel of Inclusion" because I heard tell of Bishop Pearson's fascinating journey on the NPR radio program "This American Life". Bishop Pearson's transformation, loss, struggle and ultimate gain is a compelling story.

The problem with this book is it preaches to the already converted. As Bishop Pearson found out first hand when he lost practically his whole congregation, you cannot persuade "Christians" away from a dogmatic, rules & regulation, judgmental, bigoted, fire and brimstone mentality. This type of church-goer needs this way of thinking, otherwise they feel lost in the vastness of this world.

So everything he imparts in the book is to those who already have a more open, inclusive, spiritual way of looking at God, religion and faith. I didn't really come away with any new revelations.The book does touch on what was lost of the real message of Jesus and his teachings, due to the formation of "religion". So much of what we are taught has been influenced by the politics and power struggles which took place starting year 1.

I believe Jesus came to remind us of our own power and divinity, but this message was deliberately obliterated, and manically stamped out to keep control on societies. It was good to hear Bishop Pearson speak on this in similar terms.

I recommend the book, but be prepared for some redundancy.

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I absolutely loved this book!!!

I have questioned God many times about what he has shown me as a believer! This was absolutely confirmation for my soul! I received peace!

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Awesome!!!!!!!!

This is an amazing book by an amazing man. Shedding light on a new perspective of good news!

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  • Joseph
  • Sun Valley, CA, USA
  • 08-14-08

Wow!

Excellent story of what can happen when a Christian actually tries to hear God/Holy Spirit instead of blindly swallowing eternal damnation/tithing church dogma.

I was kicked out of my church years ago for questioning their teachings but didn't lose all I had.

Inspiring and about as biblically accurate a representation of God as I've ever heard -- and yes I do read my bible quite a bit!

God is Love and his mercy endures forever!

Preach on Brother Carlton!!!

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Brilliantly presented and enlightening!

I loved hearing Bishop’s voice and his audio interpretation of his book. His revelations explained and supported his experience as real. I didn’t want the book to end as I was inspired into confident clarity as my faith has always been an inclusive one and I feel validated in my spiritual walk! Thank you Bishop Carlton for richly blessing us all with Gods Loving message!

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A Breath Of Fresh Air

Thank you Dr. Pearson for your insightful and spirit filled book. I have long not believed in hell and wondered why the Christians God showed signs of paranoid schizophrenic behavior. I mentioned to a parent that I didn’t believe in hell and that God didn’t send people there. I was immediately told I didn’t believe in there God. It hurt a lot.
Thanks so much Bishop Pearson.
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A great read

It a delight to hear someone of this caliber expose his truth & transformation for a much needed audience...whether agree or not. Another voice sounding a message that many hearts have been waiting to receive.
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Amazing book

I have struggled with many of the points brought forward by Bishop Pearson. presented in a clear, well thought out, and loving fashion. I look forward to his next book and my continued Spiritual growth.

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Rational And Loving Theology

This is the only theological book I’ve read about the Christian religion that makes any sense. That Jesus died for our sins and that any barrier between us and god is abolished. We are all loved and forgiven no matter who we are, what we believe, or what we’ve done. It is the original message of the Church that was distorted to introduce the concept of eternal damnation. If we worship a god that picks and chooses whom he will save, then we can do the same. However, if we worship a god that loves and saves everyone, then we must do that, too. However, most of us would rather punish those of our choosing than live in a world where everyone is loved and cared for. That’s why we live in the hellish world we have today. Another more loving way is possible. Read this book to find out how.

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  • Douglas
  • Parker, CO, United States
  • 12-17-17

refreshing reminder of god so loved the world

loved it. not for everyone if you are not ready for it. and that's ok. it will challenge your beliefs