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Spirituality for the Skeptic

Spirituality for the Skeptic Book
Author : Robert C. Solomon
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2006-12-04
ISBN : 9780195312133
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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By examining the ideas of great thinkers from Kafka to Socrates, this text arrives at an alternative vision of spirituality, one that is non-dogmatic and practical, that should appeal to many seekers looking to make sense of the human condition.

Spirituality for the Skeptic

Spirituality for the Skeptic Book
Author : Robert C. Solomon
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2006-12-04
ISBN : 0195312139
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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By examining the ideas of great thinkers from Kafka to Socrates, this text arrives at an alternative vision of spirituality, one that is non-dogmatic and practical, that should appeal to many seekers looking to make sense of the human condition.

The Contemplative Skeptic

The Contemplative Skeptic Book
Author : Barrett A. Evans
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2020-05-20
ISBN : 9781949643497
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Book
Author : David A. Gurdjieff, Ph.D.
Publisher : iUniverse
Release : 2004-10
ISBN : 0595330037
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Spiritual Conversations with a Skeptic

Spiritual Conversations with a Skeptic Book
Author : Bentinho Massaro
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2020-03-20
ISBN : 9780578649245
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Skeptics And True Believers

Skeptics And True Believers Book
Author : Chet Raymo
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2012-01-31
ISBN : 1448129893
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He ilustrates his arguement with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the Red Knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. 'Miracles are explainable, ' Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, 'it is the explanations that are miraculous'. For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncomprimising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.

Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat

Seeking Enlightenment    Hat by Hat Book
Author : Nevada Barr
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2004-06-01
ISBN : 9780425196038
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A refreshingly honest spiritual exploration from the New York Times bestselling author of the Anna Pigeon novels. Actor, adventuress, seeker of truth, and author of the New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon mystery series, Nevada Barr beckons readers to share her spiritual search for meaning in life. Hat by hat, step by step, Barr leads readers down her path to enlightenment by sharing personal episodes, some of them funny and revealing, others painfully honest. Each chapter offers a truth or an answer forged through experience and deep reflection, and a nugget of insight certain to encourage thought and discussion among readers, who may, in turn, find their own spiritual language.

Red Hot and Holy

Red Hot and Holy Book
Author : Sera Beak
Publisher : Sounds True
Release : 2013-07-01
ISBN : 1622031113
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

True to Our Feelings

True to Our Feelings Book
Author : Robert C. Solomon
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2008-10-02
ISBN : 0195368533
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We live our lives through our emotions, writes Robert Solomon, and it is our emotions that give our lives meaning. What interests or fascinates us, who we love, what angers us, what moves us, what bores us--all of this defines us, gives us character, constitutes who we are.In True to Our Feelings , Solomon illuminates the rich life of the emotions--why we don't really understand them, what they really are, and how they make us human and give meaning to life. Emotions have recently become a highly fashionable area of research in the sciences, with brain imaginguncovering valuable clues as to how we experience our feelings. But while Solomon provides a guide to this cutting-edge research, as well as to what others--philosophers and psychologists--have said on the subject, he also emphasizes the personal and ethical character of our emotions. He shows thatemotions are not something that happen to us, nor are they irrational in the literal sense--rather, they are judgements we make about the world, and they are strategies for living in it. Fear, anger, love, guilt, jealousy, compassion--they are all essential to our values, to living happily,healthily, and well. Solomon highlights some of the dramatic ways that emotions fit into our ethics and our sense of the good life, how we can make our emotional lives more coherent with our values and be more 'true to our feelings' and cultivate emotional integrity.

Body and Soul

Body and Soul Book
Author : Susan Scott
Publisher : Caitlin Press
Release : 2019-03-08
ISBN : 9781987915938
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers is a spiritual journey through experiences that can be liberating but also awkward and sometimes even dangerous, because women are so often excluded from conversations about spirituality. Liberation comes with breaking that age-old code of silence to talk about the messiness of faith, practice, religion and ceremony, to confess our sublimely unconventional modes of spiritual yearning. The writers in this volume, including Sharon Bala, Carleigh Baker, Eufemia Fantetti, Sue Goyette, K.D. Miller, Zarqa Nawaz, Alison Pick, Sigal Samuel, Ayelet Tsabari, Betsy Warland and others, many from marginalized or misunderstood communities, are speaking out so that others will speak up. Enough of fear. Enough of hiding out, tongue-tied. It's time for joy, humanity and frankness. It's time to step up and lead--not by running after answers, but by asking caring, daring questions. It's time for body and soul.

How to Talk to a Skeptic

How to Talk to a Skeptic Book
Author : Donald J. Johnson
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2013-10-15
ISBN : 1441262911
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Waking Up

Waking Up Book
Author : Sam Harris
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2014-09-09
ISBN : 1451636032
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Finding God Beyond Religion

Finding God Beyond Religion Book
Author : Tom Stella
Publisher : SkyLight Paths Publishing
Release : 2013
ISBN : 1594734852
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Skeptic and the Rabbi

The Skeptic and the Rabbi Book
Author : Judy Gruen
Publisher : She Writes Press
Release : 2017-09-05
ISBN : 1631523031
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As Judy Gruen walked down the aisle and into her Orthodox Jewish future, her bouquet quivered in her shaky hand. Having grown up in the zeitgeist that proclaimed, “If it feels good, do it,” was she really ready to live the life of “rituals, rules, and restraints” that the Torah prescribed? The Skeptic and the Rabbi is a rare memoir with historical depth, spirituality, and intelligent humor. Gruen speaks with refreshing honesty about what it means to remain authentic to yourself while charting a new yet ancient spiritual path at odds with the surrounding culture, and writes touchingly about her family, including her two sets of grandparents, who influenced her in wildly opposite ways. As she navigates her new life with the man she loves and the faith she also loves—surviving several awkward moments, including when the rabbi calls to tell her that she accidentally served unkosher food to her Shabbat guests—Gruen brings the reader right along for the ride. Reading this wry, bold and compelling memoir, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when you’re finished, you may also have a sudden craving for chicken matzo ball soup—kosher, of course.

The Skeptical Believer

The Skeptical Believer Book
Author : Daniel Taylor
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2013-02
ISBN : 9780970651150
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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When it comes to God, there are believers and there are skeptics. But there are also Skeptical Believers, a particular kind of believer who lives with an Inner Atheist that is constantly raising objections. The Skeptical Believer is a book about making peace with your Inner Atheist, and about working out useful responses to questions that have no definitive answers. It steers a middle course between the modernist conviction that faith is agreement with a set of statements about God and the postmodernist assertion that religious faith is just one story among many, no more or less true than any other. The Skeptical Believer proposes that one can live a rich and meaningful life of faith without proof (and despite the weaknesses of the church) by seeing oneself as a character within an ancient story. As believers, skeptical or otherwise, always have.

More to Life

More to Life Book
Author : Britt Sevitt
Publisher : Balboa Press
Release : 2020-12-16
ISBN : 1982257717
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Do you believe that there is more to this world than can be perceived and experienced with your five senses? Well, Britt didn’t. She liked facts, reality, science and things she could explain. Although, somewhere deep down, she did always have a gut feeling that there was more to life than the daily routine of wake, work, eat, sleep, repeat. One day, after almost two decades of clinical depression and anxiety, Britt was suddenly bowled over by an unexpected spiritual awakening and her attitude towards life changed overnight. Years of debilitating depression melted away. It was as if the cover had been removed from her eyes and she was suddenly able to see that there is so much more to life and this world than we can possibly perceive. It was not easy for Britt, a complete cynic and skeptic, to go from thinking it was all a bunch of nonsense to embracing her spiritual ‘woo’ side. This book traces Britt’s life through her depression, her awakening and her on-going journey as she tries to reconcile her new-found wisdom and spirituality with her utter skepticism for anything alternative or non-scientific, not to mention with her long-held traditional Jewish beliefs.

War of the Worldviews

War of the Worldviews Book
Author : Deepak Chopra, M.D.,Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher : Harmony
Release : 2012-10-02
ISBN : 0307886891
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship. In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience. How did the universe emerge? What is the nature of time? What is life? Did Darwin go wrong? What makes us human? What is the connection between mind and brain? Is God an illusion? This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive?

The Universe in a Single Atom

The Universe in a Single Atom Book
Author : Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2010
ISBN : 9781448713509
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download The Universe in a Single Atom book written by Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

I Didn t Believe Any of This Hippie Dippy Bullshit Either

I Didn t Believe Any of This Hippie Dippy Bullshit Either Book
Author : Julie Rasmussen
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2018-06-26
ISBN : 9780692080900
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Do our souls know each other before we're born? Does the universe send us signs through license plate numbers? Is Barney Rubble the yang to my yin? What's the acceptable number of napkins to take from Taco Bell? Am I going batshit crazy? Does God care if I swear? What is God? These are the questions one perplexed woman asks after a spontaneous online date leads her on a spiritual odyssey that includes motorcycles, drag queens, psychics, orgasms, aliens, a frozen dead guy, and a cow named Helen. What she finds is an unexpected, hippie dippy awareness of who she really is. Of who we all are.

Making Sense of God

Making Sense of God Book
Author : Timothy Keller
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2016-09-20
ISBN : 0525954155
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We live in an age of skepticism. Our society places such faith in empirical reason, historical progress, and heartfelt emotion that it’s easy to wonder: Why should anyone believe in Christianity? What role can faith and religion play in our modern lives? In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Written for both the ardent believer and the skeptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives.