Spirituality for the Skeptic

Spirituality for the Skeptic
Author: Robert C. Solomon
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2006-12-04
ISBN 10: 9780195312133
ISBN 13: 0195312139
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spirituality for the Skeptic Book Review:

How to be spiritual without believing in the supernatural.

Spiritual Conversations with a Skeptic

Spiritual Conversations with a Skeptic
Author: Bentinho Massaro
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2020-03-20
ISBN 10: 9780578649245
ISBN 13: 0578649241
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual Conversations with a Skeptic Book Review:

Spiritual Conversations with a Skeptic is the free-flowing dialogue between spiritual teacher, Bentinho Massaro, and Russell D., his long-time friend who is a medical doctor and a self-described skeptic. Together, they explore topics like consciousness, perception, awareness and infinite reality, diving deep into these intellectual and experiential subtleties in the spirit of open-minded inquiry. The dialogue is a delight to read, as the friendship between the two shines through, often with light-hearted humor. For those seeking to penetrate beyond their current level of spiritual understanding, Conversations is a must-read.

The Contemplative Skeptic

The Contemplative Skeptic
Author: Barrett A. Evans
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2020-05-20
ISBN 10: 9781949643497
ISBN 13: 1949643492
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Contemplative Skeptic Book Review:

Skeptical but drawn to spirituality? Explore the best of both worlds. A former evangelical seminarian and ex-Roman Catholic, Barrett A. Evans is an agnostic who has retained a fascination with contemplative spirituality. Building on what he learned in his divinity, counseling, and historical studies, the author draws on hundreds of religious and secular sources in an effort to combine honest doubt with the best of contemplative experience. Presented in a "devotional" format, The Contemplative Skeptic is meant to be an exploration into the value of skepticism, a source of solace from harmful forms of religious indoctrination, and a stimulus for more peaceful, authentic, and compassionate living. While openly discussing the inherent problems with dogmatic faith, efforts are also made to retain the best parts of spirituality--especially a sense of focus and purpose, an encouragement to live for others, and the consolation of certain contemplative and psychological disciplines. The author's rather iconoclastic approach is meant to appeal to agnostics, deists, pantheists, atheists interested in spirituality, and other non-traditional thinkers. In this book, you'll find: A frank exploration of the dubious and harmful aspects of traditional religious belief. An invitation to acknowledge the unverifiable, the improbable, and the unknown. Meditations and exercises for those seeking to enlarge their sense of purpose, wonder, compassion, and contentment. Select wisdom from a variety of religious traditions to help soften those who have an overly negative view of religion or religious people. Suggestions for utilizing a conservative religious past in a positive way. The Contemplative Skeptic is a journey into the nexus of doubt, wisdom, and healthy contemplative practice. If you find value in spirituality but are weary of the fearmongering and appeals to credulity that so often accompany traditional dogmatic approaches, then you'll love this book.

Spiritual Realism

Spiritual Realism
Author: David A. Gurdjieff
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2004-10
ISBN 10: 0595330037
ISBN 13: 9780595330034
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual Realism Book Review:

You are not happy. You may enjoy periods of relative happiness and you may be happier than other people that you know, but you are not as happy as you'd like to be or as happy as you can be. How do I know? First of all, if you were completely satisfied with your life you wouldn't be holding this book in your hands right now. Second, it is very rare to find people that are in touch with certain realities regarding their existence that lead to lasting happiness. Spiritual Realism works in two ways. First, it will challenge the way you think about yourself and your personal reality construct, or in simpler terms, what you think is real. Your illusions need to be shattered in order to achieve the bliss that you desire, yet has been eluding you for so long. Second, this book will teach you a series of techniques that will make you happier and more content with your life if you practice them sincerely over an extended period of time. Spiritual Realism works. It cannot fail to work. Good luck! IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have strong religious beliefs you will likely find views in this book disturbing.

The Fifth Dimension

The Fifth Dimension
Author: John Hick
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2013-04-01
ISBN 10: 1780741820
ISBN 13: 9781780741826
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fifth Dimension Book Review:

The case for a bigger, more complete picture of reality in which a fifth, spiritual dimension plays a central role Many of us today are all too willing to accept a humanist and scientific account of the universe which considers human existence as a fleeting accident. The triumph of John Hick’s gripping work is his exposure of the radical insufficiency of this view. Drawing on mystical and religious traditions ancient and modern, and spiritual thinkers as diverse as Julian of Norwich and Mahatma Ghandi, he has produced a tightly argued and thoroughly readable case for a bigger, more complete, picture of reality in which a fifth, spiritual dimension, plays a central role. ‘Essential reading for anyone concerned with spirituality in the modern world’ Professor Keith Ward, University of Oxford Erudite, provocative and deeply moving, Hick’s persuasive narrative will prompt all curious readers to re-examine their own spiritual horizons.‘This stimulating book opens up many fundamental issues that must concern everyone. It deserves to be widely read. ‘ Expository Times ‘Learned, lucid and engaging, easy to read and easy to applaud for its sheer clarity of style and its breadth of interest, even when one disagrees with it!’ Anvil

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith
Author: Fenton Johnson
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2004-11
ISBN 10: 9780618492374
ISBN 13: 0618492372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Keeping Faith Book Review:

Recounts the author's spiritual journey from the abbey of Gethsemane to the San Francisco Zen Center, during which he explored world religions and considered his role as a faithful skeptic.

How to Talk to a Skeptic

How to Talk to a Skeptic
Author: Donald J. Johnson
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-10-15
ISBN 10: 1441262911
ISBN 13: 9781441262912
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Talk to a Skeptic Book Review:

Share Your Faith Effectively in a Cynical and Skeptical Age Talking about faith with friends and family members can be a daunting prospect. What do you say if they have questions you can't answer or if they're outright hostile toward God? Actually, you don't have to have all the right answers, just the right questions--and a willingness to listen. As trust and understanding grow, the door to fruitful dialogue will open. How to Talk to a Skeptic shows you how to: · Ask probing questions and avoid being on the defensive in spiritual conversations. · Tell God's story of the world in a winsome and easily understood way. · Gently respond to the most common misunderstandings skeptics have about God. Here's a natural, relational approach to evangelism and a proven way to reach out to an unbelieving world.

Spirituality for the Skeptic

Spirituality for the Skeptic
Author: Robert Charles Solomon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:70707823
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat

Seeking Enlightenment   Hat by Hat
Author: Nevada Barr
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2004-05-31
ISBN 10: 9780425196038
ISBN 13: 0425196038
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat Book Review:

The author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series recounts her spiritual quest for meaning in her life, describing her experiences as an actor, writer, and adventure-seeker, and sharing her transition from atheism toward a sense of being part of something greater than herself. Reprint.

God Bless America

God Bless America
Author: Karen Stollznow
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-07-01
ISBN 10: 1939578086
ISBN 13: 9781939578082
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God Bless America Book Review:

God Bless America lifts the veil on strange and unusual religious beliefs and practices in the modern-day United States. Do Satanists really sacrifice babies? Do exorcisms involve swearing and spinning heads? Are the Amish allowed to drive cars and use computers? Taking a close look at snake handling, new age spirituality, Santeria spells, and satanic rituals, this book offers more than mere armchair research, taking you to an exorcism and a polygamist compound—and allowing you to sit among the beards and bonnets in a Mennonite church and to hear L. Ron Hubbard's stories told as sermons during a Scientology service. From the Amish to Voodoo, the beliefs and practices explored in this book may be unorthodox—and often dangerous—but they are always fascinating. While some of them are dying out, and others are gaining popularity with a modern audience, all offer insight into the future of religion in the United States—and remind that fact is often stranger than fiction.

War of the Worldviews

War of the Worldviews
Author: Deepak Chopra,Leonard Mlodinow
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2012-10-02
ISBN 10: 0307886891
ISBN 13: 9780307886897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

War of the Worldviews Book Review:

Two authors -- one from the field of physics, the other from the realm of spirituality -- debate the most fundamental questions about human existance.

Red Hot and Holy

Red Hot and Holy
Author: Sera Beak
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2013-07-01
ISBN 10: 1622031113
ISBN 13: 9781622031115
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Hot and Holy Book Review:

When one person dares to speak her truth, it challenges us all to live our own. With Red Hot and Holy, Sera Beak offers a provocative and intimate view of what it means to get up close and personal with the divine in modern times. With a rare combination of audacious wit, scholarly acumen, and tender vulnerability—vibrantly mixed with red wine, rock songs, tattoos, and erotic encounters—Sera candidly chronicles the highs and lows of her mystical journey. From the innocence of her childhood crush on God; through a whirlwind of torrid liaisons and bitter break-ups with Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, and the New Age; and finally into committed monogamy with her own Red Hot and Holy Goddess, Sera shares transformative insights, encouraging us all to trust our unique path and ignite our own spiritual love affair. Sera Beak's luscious writing and renegade spiritual wisdom that slices through religious and new age dogma made her debut book The Red Book a breakout success. With Red Hot and Holy she offers a far more personal book—an illuminating, hilarious, and above all utterly honest portrait of the heart-opening process of mystical realization. This hot and holy book invites you to embrace your soul, unleash your true Self, and burn, baby, burn with divine love. Excerpt As a child, I was madly in love with God. Gaga for God. In grade school, I used to write “I (heart) God” at the top of all my homework assignments and in the margins of the notes I passed to my girlfriends about which boys we thought were cute. Next to The Little Princess, a children’s bible was kept on my bedside table for nightly reading. Miracles? Prophetic dreams? Angels? Healing the sick? Sign me up for those gigs! And every Thursday I believed J.C. dropped by my bedroom so I could ask him personal questions and tell him which sister was annoying me the most. I was magnetized to rosaries, prayers, and pyramids the way other kids were to doughnuts, MTV and the Cabbage Patch Kids, and every time I saw a religious figure (priest, nun, Buddhist monk, Hare Krishna) out in public, it would take an enormous amount of willpower not to stalk them. When Career Days at school would come around, my questionnaire would look a little something like this: Favorite subject? God Favorite hobby? God What do you want to be when you grow up? God (Okay, there was a brief time when I was six years old when the answer to that last question was “an albino.” I thought albinism would make me glow in the dark.) When I was a child, God was not a belief of a magical Santa Claus type. He was as real as my heart. I felt Him (inside me). I recognized Him (everywhere). I knew Him (personally). We hung out together, and I never wanted our rendezvous to stop. I only wanted us to draw closer. I assumed I was experiencing what many Catholics refer to as “the call” to be a priest, so I matter-of-factly informed my parish priests and Sunday school teachers of my future vocation. They laughed, patted my head, and told me I couldn’t have heard the call to be a priest because I had a vagina. Okay, they didn’t say that last part, but believe me, it was implied. They did tell me that only men were allowed to be priests because Jesus only had male disciples (to which Mary Magdalene juts out her left hip and slaps her round cheek with The Gospel of Mary Magdalene). But, of course, I could always be a nun.

On Dragonfly Wings

On Dragonfly Wings
Author: Daniela I. Norris
Publsiher: John Hunt Publishing
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2014-04-25
ISBN 10: 1782795111
ISBN 13: 9781782795117
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Dragonfly Wings Book Review:

On Dragonfly Wings – a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship, is a candid and personal search for the meaning of life, of death and of grief. It aims to give hope to those who have lost a loved one and to those who are about to pass beyond – hope that this is not an end. Written for lay people, rather than experienced spiritualists or mediums, and for anyone who is curious about exploring further, it provides practical tools to help readers find their own spiritual truth and path.

Waking Up

Waking Up
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-09
ISBN 10: 1451636032
ISBN 13: 9781451636031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Waking Up Book Review:

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Letters from a Skeptic

Letters from a Skeptic
Author: Dr. Gregory A. Boyd,Edward Boyd
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-01-01
ISBN 10: 1434766527
ISBN 13: 9781434766526
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Letters from a Skeptic Book Review:

Greg Boyd and his father, Ed, were on opposite sides of a great divide. Greg was a newfound Christian, while his father was a longtime agnostic. So Greg offered his father an invitation: Ed could write with any questions on Christianity, and his son would offer a response. Letters from a Skeptic contains this special correspondence. The letters tackle some of today's toughest challenges facing Christianity, including Do all non-Christians go to hell? How can we believe a man rose from the dead? Why is the world so full of suffering? How do we know the Bible was divinely inspired? Does God know the future? Each response offers insights into the big questions, while delivering intelligent answers that connect with both the heart and mind. Whether you're a skeptic, a believer, or just unsure, these letters can provide a practical, common-sense guide to the Christian faith.

The Will to Imagine

The Will to Imagine
Author: J. L. Schellenberg
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-04-24
ISBN 10: 0801458021
ISBN 13: 9780801458026
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Will to Imagine Book Review:

The Will to Imagine completes J. L. Schellenberg's trilogy in the philosophy of religion, following his acclaimed Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion and The Wisdom to Doubt. This book marks a striking reversal in our understanding of the possibility of religious faith. Where other works treat religious skepticism as a dead end, The Will to Imagine argues that skepticism is the only point from which a proper beginning in religious inquiry—and in religion itself—can be made. For Schellenberg, our immaturity as a species not only makes justified religious belief impossible but also provides the appropriate context for a type of faith response grounded in imagination rather than belief, directed not to theism but to ultimism, the heart of religion. This new and nonbelieving form of faith, he demonstrates, is quite capable of nourishing an authentic religious life while allowing for inquiry into ways of refining the generic idea that shapes its commitments. A singular feature of Schellenberg's book is his claim, developed in detail, that unsuccessful believers' arguments can successfully be recast as arguments for imaginative faith. Out of the rational failure of traditional forms of religious belief, The Will to Imagine fashions an unconventional form of religion better fitted, Schellenberg argues, to the human species as it exists today and as we may hope it will evolve.

Finding God Beyond Religion

Finding God Beyond Religion
Author: Tom Stella
Publsiher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Total Pages: 126
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 1594734852
ISBN 13: 9781594734854
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finding God Beyond Religion Book Review:

Do you describe yourself as spiritual but not religious? Whether young or old, church connected or not, are you spiritually restless for an authentic faith life but do not find conventional religious teachings pertinent to you? This accessible guide to a meaningful spiritual life is a salve for your soul. It reinterprets traditional religious teachings central to the Christian faith - God, Jesus, faith, prayer, morality and more - in ways that connect with people who have outgrown the beliefs and devotional practices that once made sense to them.

The Spiritual Tourist

The Spiritual Tourist
Author: Mick Brown
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-11-15
ISBN 10: 140881952X
ISBN 13: 9781408819524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Spiritual Tourist Book Review:

This is a narrative recounting a spiritual voyage taking the author around the world in a quest for the divine. A trail of chance, synchronicity, divine providence and the occasional railway and airline schedule, leads Brown from the extraordinary figure of the 19th-century occult adventuress Madame Blavatsky, via the philosopher Krishnamurti, to the genial Scottish clairvoyant who claims that the Christ of the age is alive and well and living in London. In India, he encounters the miracle-working Sai Baba, and discusses reincarnation with the world's most revered spiritual figure, the Dalai Lama. In Germany, he joins the pilgrims who kneel at the feet of the young Indian Woman, Mother Meera, believing she is divine. In a tiny backwoods church in Tennessee, he examines the "Crosses of Light" which are held as evidence of Christ's imminent return to Earth.;Mick Brown is the author of "Richard Branson, The Inside Story" and "American Heartbeat: Travels from Woodstock to San Jose by Song Title".

Three Challenges to Religion

Three Challenges to Religion
Author: Daniel R. Chadwick
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 94
Release: 2019-11-22
ISBN 10: 9781710613827
ISBN 13: 1710613823
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Three Challenges to Religion Book Review:

Three Challenges to Religion presents a way to understand what is meant by religious knowledge and why that is significant for a society well into the Information Age. The challenges of Falsifiability, Confirmation Bias, and the Mirror Paradox of Interpretation reveal what religious discourse does and does not offer. Written for the layperson, the author provides an informal yet organized discussion as to what it means to know religiously and what that means for the future of humanity, both for the faithful and the skeptic.

Thresholds Rethinking Spirituality Through Music

Thresholds  Rethinking Spirituality Through Music
Author: Marcel Cobussen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN 10: 1351539116
ISBN 13: 9781351539111
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thresholds Rethinking Spirituality Through Music Book Review:

In Thresholds Marcel Cobussen rethinks the relationship between music and spirituality. The point of departure is the current movement within contemporary classical music known as New Spiritual Music, with as its main representatives Arvo P John Tavener, and Giya Kancheli. In almost all respects, the musical principles of the new spiritual music seem to be diametrically opposed to those of modernism: repetition and rest versus development and progress, tradition and familiarity versus innovation and experiment, communication versus individualism and conceptualism, tonality versus atonality, and so on. As such, this movement is often considered as part of the much larger complex called postmodernism. Joining in with ideas on spirituality as presented by Michel de Certeau and Mark C. Taylor, Cobussen deconstructs the classification of the 'spiritual dimensions' of music as described above. Thresholds presents an idea of spirituality in and through music that counters strategies of exclusion and mastering of alterity and connects it to wandering, erring, and roving. Using the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, Jean-Fran‘s Lyotard, Jacques Derrida and others, and analysing the music of John Coltrane, the mythical Sirens, Arvo P and The Eagles (to mention a few), Cobussen regards spirituality as a (non)concept that escapes categorization, classification, and linguistic descriptions. Spirituality is a-topological, non-discursive and a manifestation of 'otherness'. And it is precisely music (or better: listening to music) that induces these thoughts: by carefully encountering, analysing, and evaluating certain examples from classical, jazz, pop and world music it is possible to detach spirituality from concepts of otherworldliness and transcendentalism. Thresholds opens a space in which spirituality can be connected to music that is not commonly considered in this light, thereby enriching the ways of approaching and discussing music. In orde