"Cowboy Infidel" Confronts Religious Pluralism

February 21, 2004

Source: The Toledo Blade


On February 21, 2004 The Toledo Blade reported, "Bernie Keating grew up in the badlands of South Dakota, riding horses and running away from organized religion. He was, he says, 'a cowboy infidel' raised by 'a lukewarm Catholic father and a fallen-away Methodist mother.' His work as an engineering executive for Owens-Illinois, Inc., took him around the world and expanded his awareness of different cultures and religions. After retiring in 1989, Mr. Keating began to concentrate on writing and recently published the book Riding the Fence Lines: Riding the Fences that Define the Margins of Religious Tolerance. The 180-page soft-cover book, published by BWD Publishing of Toledo, includes first-person essays and reflections by clergy and laymen of the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, and Protestant faiths."