Spirituality For The Skeptic


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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.

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Author by Robert C. Solomon
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 0195312139

The Contemplative Skeptic


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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.

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Author by Barrett A. Evans
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 1949643492

Spiritual Realism


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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.

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Author by David A. Gurdjieff
Genre eBook Self-Help
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ISBN Number 9780595330034

A Place For Skeptics


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The authors provide a spiritual journey for those who may have given up on Church, but not on God.

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Author by Scott Larson
Genre eBook Apostles' Creed
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ISBN Number 0830737057

Love


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Love - our hearts yearn for it, we fall into it or out of it, we'll do almost anything to attain and keep it. Those who have experienced the power of love whirl from its embrace. It is delicious anguish, gut-wrenching pain, and intoxicating allure. Nations go to war over it, crimes are committed to satisfy its demands, lives are often ruined because of it, and extraordinary feats of courage and sacrifice are performed in its name. But beyond the cliches and greeting card platitudes, do we really understand what love is, and how it alters the way we think, feel, and behave?Should love be viewed as little more than a lusty romp, or is there more to it? What is the relationship between love and romance, caring, concern, compassion, thoughtfulness, sex, and the many other components that our society jumbles together in this potent potpourri whose power can give strength to the weakest among us, or turn powerhouses of strength into emotional mush.It is precisely because love is such an important part of our lives that we owe it to ourselves to reach beyond overwhelming passion and the roadblocks of illusion to achieve real understanding of this extraordinary human phenomenon. It won't always be easy - in fact, it's sometimes quite painful. But the rewards are many for those who will risk exploring their own cherished attitudes about a subject that has held us in its grip for centuries and shows no signs of letting go.Some of the topics covered are:- What I Feel in My Heart- On the (Alleged) Origins of Romantic Love- What Do I Want When I Want You?- Why Do I Love You?- The Importance of Being Honest- Love, Sex, and Intimacy- Beyond Sex and Gender- What's So Good About Love?

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Author by Robert C. Solomon
Genre eBook Family & Relationships
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Spirituality And Human Nature


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Evans (philosophy, U. of Toronto) discusses spirituality and depth psychology being open and closed, loving oneself, sexuality, and therapy; and spirituality in connection with skepticism positivism and the paranormal, positivism and the genuinely spiritual; ethics mystical humanism and morality, go

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Author by Donald Evans
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 0791412792

How To Talk To A Skeptic


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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.

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Author by Donald J. Johnson
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 9781441262912

Religious And Spiritual Experiences


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What is the value of religious and spiritual experiences within human life? Are we evolutionarily programmed to have such experiences? How will emerging technologies change such experiences in the future? Wesley Wildman addresses these key intellectual questions and more, offering a spiritually evocative naturalist interpretation of the diverse variety of religious and spiritual experiences. He describes these experiences, from the common to the exceptional, and offers innovative classifications for them based on their neurological features and internal qualities. His account avoids reductionistic oversimplifications and instead synthesizes perspectives from many disciplines, including philosophy and natural sciences, into a compelling account of the meaning and value of religious and spiritual experiences in human life. The resulting interpretation does not assume a supernatural worldview but incorporates religious and spiritual experiences into a positive affirmation of this-worldly existence.

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Author by Wesley J. Wildman
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 9781139495240

55 Reflections Of A Searching Skeptic


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Peppered with personalized poetic commentary that embellishes a wide variety of readings, Melcher integrates spirituality, mental health, and self-enrichment with honest and poignant memoir.Enjoy the eclectic offerings of hope and enlivenment in 55 Reflections of a Searching Skeptic and experience many moments of stunning openness and helpful insight.

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Author by Rich Melcher
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ISBN Number 1728312361

Spiritual Conversations With A Skeptic


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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.

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Author by Bentinho Massaro
Genre eBook
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ISBN Number 0578649241