Category Archives: Spirituality

IN THE BEGINNING WAS … THE WISH?

Modern culture poses many challenges to people seeking a credible spirituality. Of them, two are proving especially difficult to overcome. The first is that, as currently practiced, religion too often hinders rather than helps individual maturation, social well-being, and the … Continue reading

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GROWING UP SPIRITUALLY

One of literature’s most famous opening lines is Dante’s, in The Divine Comedy: Midway on life’s journey I found myself in a dark forest, the straight path ahead lost. Dante’s was an explicitly Christian world whose truths, even when expressed … Continue reading

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“AXIAL AGE” SPIRITUALITY: ITS LEGACY AND ITS PROMISE

Across the grand sweep of history, transformational events can occur as if in an instant. One sequence of such events worth contemplating has been referred to as an axial shift in humanity’s thinking about ultimate reality. What I have in … Continue reading

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A GLOBAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Many religious believers around the world are absolutely certain that nothing was worth remembering for very long about humankind’s spiritual journey until Abraham, Jesus, or Muhammad came along. My reading of history suggests otherwise. For decades, I have been contemplating … Continue reading

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THE SPIRITUALITY OF RELIGIONS’ FOUNDERS

Across the grand sweep of history, transformational events can occur as if in an instant. One sequence of such events worth contemplating has been referred to as an axial shift in humanity’s thinking about ultimate reality. What I have in … Continue reading

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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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WHEN SPIRITUALITY WENT GLOBAL

Many religious believers around the world are absolutely certain that nothing was worth remembering for very long about humankind’s spiritual journey until Abraham, Jesus, or Muhammad came along. My reading of history suggests otherwise. For decades, I have been contemplating … Continue reading

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GROWING UP SPIRITUALLY

One of literature’s most famous opening lines is Dante’s, in The Divine Comedy: Midway on life’s journey I found myself in a dark forest, the straight path ahead lost. Dante’s was an explicitly Christian world whose truths, even when expressed … Continue reading

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