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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

(1973)
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A kind of "mongrel litter" by way of Pascal, Voltaire and Ambrose Bierce, this theological run through the alphabet goes from Abraham and Agnostic straight through to YWHW and Zaccheus--the tax collector who shimmied up the tree on Palm Sunday to get a good look at Jesus. In between we get a heady brew of humour and wisdom. On Anger, for example, Buechner writes: "Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun ... In many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you". Or this, on wine: "Unfermented grape juice is a bland and pleasant drink ... [but] it is a ghastly symbol of the life blood of Jesus Christ, especially when served in individual antiseptic, thimble-sized glasses. Wine is booze, which means it is dangerous and drunk-making. It makes the timid brave and the reserved amorous. It loosens the tongue and breaks the ice especially when served in a loving cup. It kills germs. As symbols go, it is a rather splendid one".

And the book's title? Find it under "W": "Christianity is mainly wishful thinking ... Sometimes wishing is the wings the truth comes on. Sometimes the truth is what sets us wishing for it". --Doug Thorpe

 
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Hardback Editions

1973 : USA Hardback
Title: Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-061155-3 / 978-0-06-061155-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper & Row
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November 1973 : UK Hardback
Title: Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-00-215880-9 / 978-0-00-215880-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins
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Paperback Editions

September 1994 : UK Paperback
Title: Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-264-67358-1 / 978-0-264-67358-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mowbray
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September 1993 : USA Paperback
Title: Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-061139-1 / 978-0-06-061139-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperOne
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