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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Perspectives of a Former Fundamentalist Christian, Contemporary Architecture Goes Spiritual, How Japan’s Religions Confront Tragedy…

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Steve McSwain: Perspectives of a Former Fundamentalist Christian
“As a former fundamentalist Christian, I felt the need to defend my beliefs almost continually. While I thought I was being a good “Christian apologist,” defending the faith against heretics and disbelievers, I realize now that all I was really defending was a threatened little ego — (that very “self” Jesus counseled us to deny – Matt. 16:24) with it’s belief system.”

2. Chris Mooney: New Point of Inquiry: Spirituality, Friend or Foe?
“Recently, it has come to light that many scientists—scientists who don’t believe in God–nevertheless claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” Some in the secular movement have responded favorably to this new trend-one unfolding against the backdrop of an increasingly secular America, and a millennial generation that is also discarding traditional religion while extolling spiritual meaning. Yet others are sharply opposed, calling secular “spirituality” little more than a semantic gambit, a misappropriation of misleading, faith-infused language.”

3. Kyle Chayka: Contemporary Architecture Goes Spiritual
“A New York Times Magazine profile of Pritzker Prize winning-architect Peter Zumthor shows the his work engaging with the spirituality of space and human history, and exploring the most basic aspects of our sensual experience… Why “spiritual”? It’s not because Zumthor is particularly religious. Rather, his work speaks to a kind of humanist sensibility that’s all about architecture of a personal, intimate level rather than the global brandings attempted by starchitects.”

4. CNN: How Japan’s Religions Confront Tragedy
“Proud of their secular society, most Japanese aren’t religious in the way Americans are: They tend not to identify with a single tradition nor study religious texts. “The average Japanese person doesn’t consciously turn to Buddhism until there’s a funeral,” says Brian Bocking, an expert in Japanese religions at Ireland’s University College Cork… For most Japanese, religion is more complex than adhering to the country’s ancient Buddhist tradition.”

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