What religious belief does…

What religious belief does is attempt to explain in a compelling narrative the unseen reality that lies at the heart of spiritual experience.

— Barbara Bradley Haggerty, Fingerprints of God:

What Science is Learning about

the Brain and Spiritual Experience

What Has Not Yet Been Revealed
In Memoriam: Kenneth Leech
Pentecost and Ecstasy
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://diamondpanes.blogspot.com Leanne Hunt

    I really like this definition, Carl. Religious belief is like a processing funnel. Love for God or raw passion is unmanageable and rather scary. A compelling narrative takes out the unpredictability, thereby making it palatable. However, ultimately, we want to strip away the extraneous elements and feel again the raw passion, don’t you think?