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Monday, May 2, 2011

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Religious ‘Truths’ Reconsidered, Is Theatre Your Spiritual Home?, Why Do Americans Still Dislike Atheists?…

Happy Monday! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Meditation:

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“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.”
~ Hubert H. Humphrey

A meditation on opening your heart to the healing power of unconditional love.


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Harry Eagar: Religious ‘Truths’ Reconsidered
“Princeton University Press is introducing a series of volumes called Lives of the Great Religious Books, and if the first issues are any indication, there is an overarching theme: People have been reading these books for centuries, or even millennia, without any accurate conception of what their authors were thinking.”

2. Chris Wilkinson: Noises Off: Is Theatre Your Spiritual Home?
“Is theatre sacred? Writer and director George Hunka (an atheist, as it happens) certainly thinks so. In this recent post, he argues that “the theatre is a church for the faithless”. Given the long and interwoven history that religion and theatre have – going right back to Greek drama – this is not necessarily an especially controversial statement. What makes Hunka’s argument remarkable, however, is the lengths that he says the theatre should go to in order to fulfil its sacred role…”

3. Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman: Why Do Americans Still Dislike Atheists?
“A growing body of social science research reveals that atheists, and non-religious people in general, are far from the unsavory beings many assume them to be. On basic questions of morality and human decency, the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.”

4. Michael Graziano: The Spirit Constructed in the Brain
“The implications for spiritual belief are rather startling. In this theory, the spirit world is the complex, richly detailed universe of social perception, the perception of mind. We not only perceive consciousness in ourselves and in others, but we perceive it in the objects and spaces around us. Spiritualism is a fundamental mode of perception by which humans relate to the world. In this view, spiritualism is not an incorrect theory; not a misapplication of rational thought; not pseudoscience.”

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