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Forget “God.” Believe In Love


Every person's journey includes moments when everything makes sense. Struggles cease, craving ends, and divisions disappear. We tend to describe these episodes in 'spiritual' terms, but such wording makes some people uncomfortable. Since these numinous feelings occur regardless of belief system, we should try to treat them as inclusively as possible.

In a recent post on my primary blog, I announced readiness to believe in cosmic and pervasive love, which seemed reasonable to...
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Contradiction: Get Used To It


This post continues the progression of the last three, and derives from comments left by a fellow blogger, SaraJoyM. Relatively new to this game, she blogs about philosophy and ethics and touches on similar themes as those explored here in recent times. In her commentary, and in a nice piece on her own site, she explores the upside of belief. Her take on this subject awakens me to a wrinkle that...
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Faith in Faith


A blog is forever a work in progress, never a polished and completed tome. Unlike a book that gets reorganized and revised many times before publication, a blog flows with only a little more planning and control than stream of consciousness writing. Sometimes I write a series of posts in which each new piece serves as a corrective to the last. This is such a time.

First I wrote a post describing an...
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Hold the Light, But Hold It Lightly


My last essay described how one can find reassurance in any situation by developing the right attitude toward life. It gave the impression, perhaps, that I believe spiritual pursuits unnecessary. However, that’s not my stance. Transcendent development is important. The problems arise when people hold fixed beliefs about the nature of reality.

Because we can’t know ultimate truth, any idea or theory is provisional. New data could appear at any moment to undermine...
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