Friday, November 24, 2017

Why Consultation Should Replace Debate

The Origin of Debate: An Alternative to War Although tone and content differ widely, human discourse occurs in a few, well-established modes that we all...

Forgiveness

The Origin of Forgiveness is Found in Religious Precept Forgiveness is a specifically religious concept and practice. While organized secular programs exist that feature forgiveness...

Elevating the Conversation

“A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning,...

Meditation: Rational and supra-rational functions

Distinguishing Meditation from Prayer Generally speaking, meditation is more widely practiced in the religions of South Asia (Hinduism and Buddhism), while prayer is more prominent...

Prayer: Communion With God

“Strive to make all your actions beautiful prayers.” ‘Abdu’l-Baha The Pew Research Centre US Survey (2014) Prayer is a specifically religious activity. As a prescribed, normative...

The Twenty-First Century: Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Gain

“Oh, where is the sea?” said the little fish as they swam along. In attempting to assess the bigger picture of where we might...

Finding meaning in life’s tests with help from Dr. Viktor Frankl

I am framing the following reflections by combining a skeletal outline of the thought and medical practice of Dr. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) with the...

Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century (Part 2)

I suggested in Part 1 that religion had a viable future in this age of global interdependence on condition that we recognize: the organic...

Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century: Part 1

I ventured in my first column that religion and spirituality, despite the sway of certain contemporary ‘isms’ (consumerism, materialism, terrorism, secularism, atheism), still have...

Can the faith state apply to theist, agnostic and atheist alike?

Dichotomous thinking has it that “faith”  is confined  exclusively to the religious and spirituals. Non-believers, according to theists, have no faith. This easy assumption...
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