Harvard Divinity School Grad Indicts Religion For World’s Ills

February 23, 2006

ED: Is it any wonder
people are abandoning
there faith?
Religion, to serve man,
must not take away
our Faith and
Spiritual Development.
– Rev. Scott L. Newkirk

Vilcabamba, Ecuador (PRWEB) February 23, 2006 — Harvard Divinity School graduate and author Joseph R. Simonetta has released three companion books simultaneously that are a bold indictment of the world of religion: Religion, An Obstacle to Human Progress; The Skeptic’s Book of Religious Quotes & Anecdotes; and, Seven Words Than Can Change the World.

Simonetta writes, “One would have to have his head deep in the sand and his mind intoxicated with dogma not to see the endless problems associated with these old religions. The phenomenon of religion, with all its elaborate rituals, costumes and falsehoods, is likely the world’s longest, most magnificent, and pernicious charade. Humanity must be weaned off of this dogmatic, delusional, and divisive, war-causing form of intoxication.?

In a commonsense and uniquely refreshing approach, Simonetta lays bare the inconsistencies and incredibilities of traditional religion. Not only does he demonstrate that our major world belief systems are antiquated and dysfunctional, he ties them masterfully into seemingly unsolvable political, economic and environmental problems. In the end, he points to the direction that some of humanity is heading and that all of humanity must go.

Neale Donald Walsch, New York Times best-selling author (Conversations With God), describes Seven Words That Can Change the World as “The Formula. The Answer. The Way. A powerful book. Really remarkable. A totally empowering piece of writing.?

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Saint Teresa of Avila

February 22, 2006
by Linda Douty
explorefaith.org

I never expected a sixteenth century saint to enter my twentieth century spiritual journey. After all, my United Methodist background contained no exposure to historical Catholic figures like St. Teresa of Avila. Yet it seemed that every time I turned around, there she was again, with an unexpected word to expand my idea of God or chart the next step of spiritual growth for me.

One of my mentors pointed out that St. Teresa seemed to “expose my spiritual growing edge.? I suppose she spoke a timeless sacred language that had a way of jolting me into the growing awareness that God and I were not separate. Though I had been brought up to say my prayers to God, the Divine Other…to “lift up? my prayers, as if to some far off heavenly realm, St. Teresa spoke of God in ways that exploded those concepts. >>More

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Religion – Solo or Group?

February 10, 2006
by Joseph Wolpert

Historic Christian Faith has always placed a great deal of emphasis upon the “body of Christ” – the corporate aspect of faith.

In fact, Christian theology – is always “corporate” – it is always concerned with the faith of the “group”.

The essential idea goes back to the Old Testament.

Israel, as a group was called or chosen by God – to receive and transmit God’s revelations.

The “church” in the New Testament became a “New Israel” where this was to continue.

Consequently, Christian faith, historically, always contains a “corporate” aspect.

Mainstream, traditional, and evangelical groups today maintain this understanding and concept.

But, there are many people, particularly in the New Thought and New Age movements (and those who share the same mindset) who find this notion quite unusual if not strange.

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Spiritual Clarity

February 6, 2006
By Jackie Wellman,
author of the book

Spiritual Clarity

Who is the more spiritual person? The woman out on a Sunday morning excursion for coffee and a newspaper who swerves to avoid hitting a dog, or is it, the man who hits the dog in his haste to get to church on time? Who knows? My point is that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person.

Questions about religion have always troubled me. I decided to do research to find some answers. The book Spiritual Clarity contains my discoveries. Spiritual Clarity is easy to understand and does not attempt to influence its readers. Writing it has empowered me and led me to a conclusion that I feel good about.

My hope is that someday everyone will achieve spiritual clarity and we will eventually have a more peaceful world. It may take a while, but that is my wish. The path to peace is religious tolerance, realizing that your neighbors thoughts are just as important as yours. People need to get past the absolute thinkingstate of mind; that they belong to the one true religion and everyone else is wrong.

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Spiritual Clarity’: Book about Religion and Tolerance Now Available

January 31, 2006
Spiritual Clarity is a book
about religious tolerance
and the fact that one does
not need to be a part of
organized religion to be spiritual.

West Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) January 31, 2006 — Does it make sense that the creator of the universe and everything in it is the same God that you worship, so all other belief systems are wrong?

Who is the more spiritual person? Is it the woman out for a Sunday morning drive to get coffee and a newspaper, who sees a dog in the road and swerves to avoid hitting it or is it the man, who in his haste to get to his weekly church service on time that hits the dog? Who knows? Being a part of organized religion has nothing to do with being a “good person.? Spirituality can be achieved with or without organized religion.

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