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September 30, 2005

vale M Scott Peck

Seems to be the week for deaths... M Scott Peck, author of A Different Drum and the more celebrated The Road Less Travelled, among others, passed away on September 25, aged 69.

These two books were formative in early thinking for me, with Different Drum's more communal focus a welcome shift from the implied individualism of the more popular tome. They are still an excellent read, as is his book on the afterlife: In Heaven as on Earth, which is based on the writings of an earlier author whose name escapes me right now.

Peck's bridging of traditional christianity with the non-christian reader is a hallmark of his work.

A quote from A Different Drum:

How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded! Community requires the ability to expose our wounds and weaknesses to our fellow creatures. It also requires the ability to be affected by the wounds of others...But even more important is the love that arises among us when we share, both ways, our woundedness.

Posted by gary at September 30, 2005 01:19 PM

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