The Spiritual Journey of a Baptist Minister From Christianity to the Laws of Noah By J. David Davis (224 Pages)Publisher: Ktav, 1996
In 1991 the Wall Street Journal reported that "right smack in the middle of the Bible belt, a group of Christian fundamentalists eager to explore the roots of their faith turned for spiritual guidance to Judaism." The headline declared: "Tennessee Baptists Turn to Judaism For New Inspiration," inspiration that led to the removal of the steeple from the Emmanuel Baptist Church -- the congregation had decided it was a pagan fertility symbol that had no business being on a house of worship. In Finding the G-d of Noah, a memoir of his religious life, Mr. Davis tells of the doubts and perplexities which first led to a deepening of his commitment to Southern Baptist theology, his successful career as a Baptist minister, and his progressive estrangement from it and from Christianity. It is also the story of a congregation which shared in Davis' religious quest.