Margaret Placentra Johnston

As a practicing Optometrist Dr. Margaret Placentra Johnston has spent the last three decades helping people see better in the physical world. But she now also writes to promote clearer vision of a different sort: a broader perspective about religion and spirituality than that recognized in the conventional world. Her book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, was named the gold winner of the 2013 Nautilus Book Award in Religion/Spirituality.

Margaret is adamant that new concepts in both science and religion are calling us to rise above the typical religious belief versus nonbelief divide. Scientists are recognizing that a strictly materialist view of science is not the most reliable road to existential truth. Recent findings by bible scholars are shedding new light on what Christians have always considered to be revealed truth. In theology new definitions of God are opening up, most of which involve something quite other than an actual Supreme Being.

Neither religious literalism nor literal atheism can stand up to the influx of new information with which we are being bombarded. We must come to appreciate the paradoxes a fully honest encounter with our complex, multifaceted reality offers us.

Dr. Johnston holds a BA and MA degree from the Catholic University of America, a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She offers courses and speaks to groups on spiritual development.


Book Reviews by Margaret Placentra Johnston

Out of Many Faiths is an important read for anyone hoping to understand factors causing the increased discrimination non-white groups and minorit

For anyone not familiar with the term, this book’s title will make little sense until a definition of treyf has been supplied.

How God Became God is an excellent tool for furthering spiritual development.”


Atheism: The Case Against God is a reissue of a 1979 title by the same name. Author George H.