Why – Spirituality?

Many people are intuitively attracted to the idea of spirituality - and probably just as many are repelled by it. Why is that? Some of the connotations of spirituality can be quite negative for rational-minded people, which can explain the latter situation. Communing with the dead, seeing past lives, and accessing other non-local realities is not appealing to those who pride themselves on their focus on the here and the now. To the strictly rational mind, anything that is not about the about our … [Read more...]

Where Do Atheists Get Their Morality?

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Some atheists, to be sure, are without morals.  But many/most who have actually thought through their beliefs sufficiently to call themselves atheist have moved beyond the need for moral rules supplied by the church.  Such people are principled and self-regulating and their morality comes from something deep inside themselves.To such people, the rules of a Church, or even the Ten Commandments seem superficial and too black and white. For example “Thou Shalt Not Steal.”  Well, there are cases … [Read more...]

Are You Ready for Faith Beyond Belief? Take the Challenge!

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Are you ready to consider what a faith that is not grounded in religious belief might consist of? I am taking this opportunity to announce that my book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, was published by Quest Books in October, 2012, and is now available.Despite its title, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind is not a book against religion. Instead it challenges readers to consider a broader, more sophisticated … [Read more...]

Reexamining the Definition of Religion

Did you know that words like f-bomb, sexting, brain cramp, and earworm have now earned an official place in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? Each year hundreds of new words are added to the dictionary in order to account for our ever-changing vocabulary. New words, such as copernicium, are introduced to account for scientific advancements. Other words, like e-reader, are included in the dictionary due to technological advancements. And some words, such as man cave and gastropub, are added due to … [Read more...]

The Problem with Religious Belief

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Religious beliefs present many logical problems. If hell is a fiery place under the earth, why have geologists never found sign of it?  Where would heaven actually be in the skies that astronomers have never located? If the Christian God would only save Christians, doesn’t that make him mean, unfair and unjust? Could a good God really not care about all those people who lived before Jesus, and those in different parts of the world who will never hear of him? If the Bible really contains the tr … [Read more...]

Trust…and the Religious Believer

How does the issue of trust figure into religious belief? Who shows greater trust—religious believers, or nonbelievers?In their article, “Trust in a “Fallen World”: The Case of Protestant Theological Conservatism,” researchers Hempel, Matthews and Bartkowski[1] shed light on this issue that helps us reason it through. Following their argument to its natural endpoint, and adding spiritual development theory into the mix brings us to a most counter-intuitive and paradoxical conclusion. But then … [Read more...]

The Big Misunderstanding

  There is something religious believers don’t understand. It is about humanists (and others who don’t explicitly believe in God)—and it is important.Unfortunately some types of preachers imply that without belief in God we are forced into sinful, chaotic lifestyles and empty, meaningless lives.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. While some nonbelievers may lead completely lawless, undisciplined lives, there is another whole type of nonbeliever for whom this is just not so. Many human … [Read more...]

Oneness—Not Just for Buddhists

Most people are probably somewhat aware of the oneness principle of Buddhism.  For Buddhists, oneness means there is no separation between one person and another, no separation between people and the substance of the universe, and no separation between the physical and the spiritual parts of one’s being. But it turns out even non-Buddhists can benefit from incorporating some oneness wisdom into their lives.Let's start by considering the opposite of oneness—divisiveness. Unfortunately, there i … [Read more...]

Beware about Back to Church Sunday!

As part of a growing national movement to ignite "spiritual awakening" in America, more than 14,000 churches are expected to invite people to come back to church on National Back To Church Sunday (NBTCS), Sept. 16, 2012. http://backtochurch.com/This sounds like a very good movement – until you consider two things:1)          The organization’s statement of faith http://backtochurch.com/add_your_church/statement_of_faith includes only the most insular and parochial view of spirituality. It … [Read more...]

Do You Have to Believe in God to Be Spiritual?

A careful study of the spiritual development literature reveals that you most certainly do NOT have to believe in God to be spiritual.  Various academic theorists who have studied this empirically, and some highly spiritual people writing about  their own path, have all described a similar process by which a person comes into spiritual maturity. Taken together their writings can be lumped into a general category called spiritual development theory.[1]Though often cryptically worded, these w … [Read more...]


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