An Atheist Defends Religion: Why Humanity Is Better Off with by Bruce Sheiman

By Bruce Sheiman

A new perspective.

Defending faith as a cultural establishment within the face of resurgent atheistic proposal. for hundreds of years, the theism-atheism debate has been ruled by way of positions: stringent believers devoted to the "yes, there's a God" argument, and atheists vehemently pushed to repudiate not just God, but additionally faith as a cultural establishment. to this point, this can be the 1st and basically mainstream e-book during which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms faith. An Atheist Defends faith persuasively argues that faith is overwhelmingly important for humanity, whether God exists, in line with a brand new paradigm of 10 affirmative dimensions that make up spiritual event. It additionally places to leisure the idea that faith is at the back of lots of the world's sectarian violence by means of displaying that faith turns into evil whilst it truly is politicized. Readers will research they don't have to be fundamentalists to be believers, and in regards to the worth and advantages of faith itself.

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Recall, for example, Shirley MacLaine's 'spiritual search' and Evelyn Glennie's self-identification as a 'spiritual person', cited earlier. In this regard, Campbell (1982: 235) persuasively argues that the real significance of the NRMs of the 1970s and 1980s lies in their role as harbingers of a 'more diffuse phenomenon . . an ethos or cluster of values and beliefs which accords a general place to spirituality'. , 236) notes the existence of a population of what he calls 'incipient seekers' - ' a sizeable number of people sympathetically disposed towards some form of spirituality but not participating members of any particular church'.

Grossberg et al. {eds) Cultural Studies (London: Routledge, pp. 53 1-55). Shallcrass, Philip, 1998: 'A Priest of the Goddess', in J. Pearson et al. {eds) 1998, pp. 157-69. - 35 - STEVEN SuTCLIFFE Spangler, David, 1996: Pilgrim in Aquarius (Forres: Findhorn Press). ), 1970: The Aquarian Guide to Occult, Mystical, Religious, Magical London and Around (London: Aquarian Press). Straus, Roger, 1976: 'Changing Oneself: Seekers and the Creative Transformation of Life Experience', in J. Lofland, Doing Social Life {New York: John Wiley, pp.

The boy's education, hitherto non-existent, was taken in hand by a number of Theosophists, European and Indian. In 19 1 1 a movement was started called The Order of the Star in the East (OSE) whose object was to prepare for 'the near coming of a great Spiritual teacher'. Krishnamurti was the 'Head of the Order' and the implicit suggestion was that he would be the 'vehicle' for the embodiment of the 'World Teacher' at some stage in the near future. 7 This movement was again organised quite separately from the TS but attracted most of its leading figures.

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