David Gregory is bridging the gap between Christianity and Judaism with his new book How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey.
Being expelled from a high-profile television post, on a public platform, could cause damage for anybody, but this is far from true for David Gregory. Gregory was fired as the NBC Meet the Press moderator, in a rather unceremonious way, in 2014. This followed after a huge drop in the show’s ratings.
Gregory got to know about this news after the network decided to leak it on social media, namely Twitter, when he was in the hills of New Hampshire, picking his kids up from camp.
But, Gregory, who is 45 years old, has actually taken this sudden unemployment as a chance to author a book which talks about the religious lifestyle that he has been leading for years.
The opening chapters of the book make it obvious that Gregory, who was born to a Catholic mother and Jewish father, started off as a traditional Jew and then became religious. The book is a sort of travelogue and talks about the ways in which Gregory grounded himself in his faith.
He says that he has been asking difficult questions throughout his life and in his career. However, three questions in particular that he asked set him on a path to find answers.
In order to make the book relevant to all faiths, Gregory has avoided using the traditional Jewish word. Instead, he has diligently referred to the Bible study. Also, the book is almost devoid of any particular theology and doctrine.
Gregory was reported saying that he was immensely inspired by Jesus and his teachings. The book has conversations with rabbis and also with the evangelical leaders like Tim Keller, Joel Osteen, Russell Moore and others.
According to Gregory, there a slight gap between the Christian comprehension of salvation and the Jewish understanding of life (which is based on study, prayer and good work). Gregory further commented that the differences fail to create any tension in their Jewish family. Bridges are found in universal truths of Christianity and Judaism.
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Gregory has described his childhood as a combination of numbness and anger. His parents got divorced and he had an alcoholic mother. Gregory focused on his study and career goals with aggression and spent very little time on introspection. However, in the book, he writes that he did not turn inward, owing to Beth Wilkinson, his wife, to whom he married to in 2000.