Spirituality News & Posts:
1. Robert Alison: Friendships are Secret Ingredients of Religions
“Godliness spawns happiness, but not for theological or spiritual reasons. Accumulating evidence shows deism and personal satisfaction are inextricably linked, but it is not communal devotion to divinities that is primarily responsible. Rather, the good feelings flow from powerful friendships that develop among congregation members.”
2. Karl Giberson, Ph.D: Is Free Will a Mystery?
“I think it is a mistake to try and weave tight arguments about some of the Big Questions from the tangled threads of our experience. Topics like God, free will, morality, evil, eternal life, the ultimate origin and fate of the universe, the purpose of life, the source of the order in the natural world, and so on simply do not open up to our investigations in any satisfactory way.”
3. Steve McSwain: Confusing Faith for Belief
“Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about faith. It seems to me that many religious people mistakenly confuse faith as trust with faith as belief. The latter is all about what you believe — the content around which the ego-mind constructs an illusory fortress of “truth” and so the illusion of certainty. It’s all about your specific beliefs, the “rightness” of your beliefs and how your beliefs are more right than the beliefs of others.”