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Confessions of an Unorthodox Priest
“This is a brave and honest book. It is also the book of a devout Christian who perceives Jesus not as the sacrificial lamb of humanity steeped in original sin, but as the universal Consciousness that brings us to universal Love. From the rich perspective of a life committed to ‘the healing of the body and spiritual enlightenment of the soul,’ Fr. Jeremiah Loch explores the interface of science and spirituality and challenges institutional Christianity to embrace its mystic heart.” —Jennifer Kavanagh, author of Heart of Oneness, A Little Book of Unknowing, The World is Our Cloister, etc.
PRIESTS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ARE SUPPOSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS—BUT EASTERN ORTHODOX ARCHPRIEST AND OSTEOPATH VERY REV. FR. JEREMIAH LOCH JUST KEEPS ON ASKING.
In Confessions of an Unorthodox Priest, Fr. Jeremiah invites us to follow his path through years of seeking a means to integrate two dynamic careers, one in medicine and the other in spirituality. In his quest to find “the only way to live life in the Resurrected Christ,” he invokes and examines a train of thought that transcends ego to reach a higher state of evolving consciousness. The death of a patient prompts him to speculate on the absurdity of a physical location of consciousness, which then leads to a profound revelation about the soul.
Confessions of an Unorthodox Priest is gently and kindly aimed at those who have fallen away—those who have begun to find the doctrines of today’s Christianity increasingly meaningless, boring, or unbelievable—those who are about to cut and run. For Christians on the edge, Fr. Jeremiah proposes the alternative solution of casting aside ego and viewing the “tribal” teachings and institutions of traditional worship through the lens of higher human consciousness. He urges seekers to embrace and integrate concepts of mysticism into their own personal Christianity. At this juncture of his path, Fr. Jeremiah pauses before a virtual road sign left behind by the distinguished twentieth-century Jesuit theologian and philosopher Fr. Karl Rahner. The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.
Very Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Loch is an archpriest in the Russian Orthodox Church. For fifty years in a parallel career, he has also practiced the specialty of anesthesiology, devoting the most recent twenty years to pain medicine, including the management of cancer pain. A graduate of the Osteopathic College of Ontario, he has integrated classical osteopathic philosophy with conventional medicine, ancient Vedic perspectives, and Christian theology and spirituality in his understandings and teachings regarding human pain and suffering. A national lecturer and educator, he has served as an adjunct university professor in two university pain management programs.