Category Archives: Religious traditions

BEING RELIGIOUS AND BEING SPIRITUAL: BRIDGING THE DIFFERENCES

One sure way to turn an enlightening conversation into an overheated one is to introduce religion or politics into it. Rather than bringing people together for a common purpose, both tend to push people apart — and keep them there. … Continue reading

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OUT OF DATE TRADITIONS AND UP TO DATE FAITH

One reason religious institutions have difficulty maintaining credibility is that the questions put to them often have no precedent in their traditions. Questions such as: Should historical research alone determine for faith whether Jesus, or the Buddha, or Muhammad believed … Continue reading

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WHEN RELIGION BECOMES UNHEALTHY FOR THE SOUL

 For some people, religion isn’t something that can become unhealthy. It’s something that is unhealthy, all the time. Freud’s classic statement on the subject was that religion is a “universal obsessional neurosis.” Many mental health professionals still agree with him. … Continue reading

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OUT OF DATE TRADITIONS AND UP TO DATE FAITH

One reason religious institutions have difficulty maintaining credibility is that the questions put to them often have no precedent in their traditions. Questions such as: Should historical research alone determine for faith whether Jesus, or the Buddha, or Muhammad believed … Continue reading

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