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Friday, May 27, 2011

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The Basic Steps of a Spiritual Path, Has Atheism Become a Religion?, Saint’s Severed Head Up for Auction…


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Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Will Meecham: The Basic Steps of a Spiritual Path
“Although psychotherapists long shied away from discussing spirituality, people suffering from depression and the clinicians who treat them are learning that symptoms diminish with spiritual practice. Many mental health clinics now offer meditation classes along with cognitive behavioral training, and therapists have begun to ask clients about transcendent beliefs.”

2. David Lose: Has Atheism Become a Religion?
“Taken together, these four elements suggest that Atheists regularly demonstrate attributes — desire for spiritual sustenance, the importance of self-identification, offering their worldview as an alternative to other religious systems, and an assertive if not competitive style of engagement with other religious points of view — usually exhibited by religious folk of all persuasions.”

3. The Toronto Sun: Saint’s Severed Head Up for Auction
“A severed head alleged to belong to the patron saint of genital diseases will hit the auction block in Ireland Sunday. Saint Vitalis of Assisi died 640 years ago, but the Italian Benedictine monk’s encased head can now be yours.”

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