Long Live Salvation by Works
A Humanist Manifesto
by Harry T. Cook
The idea of salvation by faith is dangerous. It has convinced generations of Christians that, if they only had faith, things would get better and wrongs would be righted. Harry Cook proposes that “salvation” is a here-and-now initiative, a do-it-yourself project—what the New Testament calls the domain of God. Human beings, he says, have at hand the wherewithal to save themselves and their environment.
Praise for Long Live Salvation by Works:
“Cook’s manifesto proclaims an essential rubric: do the next right thing, live in hope, carry on.”
—Thomas Lynch, winner of the Heartland Prize for non-fiction
“Harry Cook gives voice to the skepticism that many feel about institutional religion and theism. He offers a blueprint for us to take responsibility for our thoughts, actions, morality and lives. This important book will cement his place as an intellectual hero for those in exile from traditional Christianity.”
—Ian Lawton, author of The Book of the Soul: Rational Spirituality for the Twenty-first Century
Harry T. Cook is an Episcopal priest, journalist, author and peace-and-justice activist. He is the author of several books, including What a Friend They Had in Jesus: The Theological Visions of Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Hymn Writers (2013) and Resonance: Biblical Texts Speaking to 21st Century Inquirers (2011).