By David G. Myers

ISBN-10: 0470290277

ISBN-13: 9780470290279

A pleasant Letter to Skeptics and Atheists is helping readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their universal flooring. For these whose pondering has moved from the spiritual thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers deals tips to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He indicates how skeptics and folks of religion can percentage a dedication to cause, proof, and demanding pondering, whereas additionally embracing a religion that helps human flourishing—by making feel of the universe, giving intending to lifestyles, connecting us in supportive groups, mandating altruism, and delivering desire within the face of adversity and dying.

Show description

Read or Download A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil PDF

Similar spirituality books

Download e-book for kindle: When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary by Stanislav Grof

Emotions of oneness with people, nature, and the universe. Encounters with extraterrestrials, deities, and demons. Out-of-body studies and past-life stories. technology casts a skeptical eye. yet Dr. Stanislav Grof—the psychiatric researcher who cofounded transpersonal psychology—believes another way.

Download e-book for kindle: Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life by Robert Schwartz

Do you want to appreciate the deeper non secular which means of actual disease, parenting handicapped young children, drug habit, alcoholism, the dying of a family member, injuries, deafness, and blindness?

Your Soul’s Plan (which used to be initially released below the identify brave Souls: will we Plan Our existence demanding situations ahead of start? ) explores the basis that we're all everlasting souls who plan our lives, together with our best demanding situations, sooner than we're born for the aim of religious development. via compelling profiles of people that knowingly deliberate the reviews pointed out above, Your Soul’s Plan exhibits that discomfort isn't really purposeless, yet really imbued with deep that means. operating with 4 proficient mediums, writer Robert Schwartz unearths the importance of every person’s lifestyles plan and permits us a desirable check out the “other part. ”

Each own tale makes a speciality of a particular lifestyles problem, equipped via variety for simple reference. obtainable either to these acquainted with the metaphysical points of spirituality and to the final reader, the relocating narratives that contain Your Soul’s Plan support readers wake up to the truth that they're transcendent, everlasting souls. With this stirring booklet as a advisor, emotions of anger, resentment, guilt, and victimization are healed and reworked into reputation, forgiveness, gratitude, and peace.

Robert Schwartz can also be the writer of Your Soul’s present: The therapeutic energy of the existence You deliberate prior to You have been Born, which explores the pre-birth making plans of non secular awakening, miscarriage, abortion, caregiving, abusive relationships, sexuality, incest, adoption, poverty, suicide, rape, and psychological ailment. There’s additionally a bankruptcy concerning the pre-birth making plans we do with our destiny pets.

Robert Schwartz is a hypnotherapist who bargains common religious tips classes, earlier existence Soul Regressions, and among Lives Soul Regressions.

Download e-book for kindle: Tao Te Ching by Laozi, Stanley Lombardo, Stephen Addiss, Burton Watson

Writer notice: Stanley Lombardo (Translator), Stephen Addiss (Translator), Burton Watson (Introduction)
------------------

This translation captures the terse and enigmatic fantastic thing about the traditional unique and resists the tendency towards interpretive paraphrase present in many different variations. besides the total translation, Lombardo and Addiss offer a number of key traces from the unique chinese language for every of the eighty-one sections, including a transliteration of the chinese language characters and a word list commenting at the pronunciation and that means of every chinese language personality displayed. This tremendously complements the reader's appreciation of ways the chinese language textual content works and feels and the several methods it may be translated into English.

"This crystalline translation of the Tao Te Ching is exact all the way down to the nuance and as concisely poetic because the unique. It preserves the quirks and flavors of the unique textual content. The translators hearkened to the message of the e-book itself, and saved it transparent and lightly robust. Of the numerous translations i've got learn in English, this is often certainly the simplest. " — Gary Snyder, collage of California at Davis

"This variation combines an earthy—as against esoteric—translation with a welcome entrée into the chinese language textual content in case you don't know that language. the attractive ink work upload good looks to the variation. I can't think a greater approach to current this article, and that i can't think ever utilizing a distinct variation. " — Greg Salyer, Huntingdon collage

"This is through a long way the easiest translation out there this present day, and i've been praising it to whoever could pay attention. " — Livia Kohn, Boston college

Download e-book for kindle: The Path of Initiation: Spiritual Evolution and the by J. S. Gordon

Info the method of non secular initiation from aspirant to the top Adept:

• Explains the features of every degree of initiation, together with the linked mental matters that have to be confronted to maneuver to the subsequent degree
• Explores the lengthy background of the secret traditions from old Egypt, Babylonia, and India to the trendy Theosophy of Blavatsky and Bailey
• unearths how the Brotherhood of non secular Adepts is expanding international tensions to organize humanity for the Age of Aquarius and religious revelation

As the precessional cycle transits from Pisces to Aquarius, nice shifts in religious evolution are at the horizon--not for all of humanity as many within the New Age move have generously hypothesized yet should you have undertaken the required non secular instruction and initiatory paintings.

Drawing from his deep immersion within the secret traditions of either East and West, writer J. S. Gordon investigates the initiatic direction from precedent days to trendy day, detailing the step by step technique of initiation and the series from religious aspirant to the top Adeptship. He explains the ordinary good judgment and features of every level of initiation, together with the linked difficulties and mental concerns that have to be confronted with a purpose to circulation ahead to the following degree. He indicates how humanity is of course prone to religious evolution and the improvement of upper awareness. we're a part of the general evolutionary technique of Nature, a method guided through the main hugely advanced Adepts and increasing past Earth to the full kosmos.

Exploring the lengthy background of the secret faculties starting with historic Egypt, Babylonia, and India, Gordon examines the sacred metaphors and allegories of esoteric philosophy, metaphysics, occult technology, and the technological know-how of the Seven Rays in addition to the Adept-inspired theosophical works of H. P. Blavatsky and A. A. Bailey. He appears on the Adept Hierarchy of the nice White Himalayan Brotherhood and considers intimately much-discussed mysteries: The Jesus-as-Christ secret and the Maitreya-Buddha secret. Revealing how advancement--spiritual, clinical, and cultural--erupts out of hysteria, he explains how the Adepts were expanding neighborhood and international tensions to organize humanity for the Age of Aquarius, thereby developing the precise preconditions for non secular evolution and an eventual recovery of the Mysteries in our personal sleek period.

Additional resources for A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil

Sample text

The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio illustrates this point with the case of one man who lost his ability to experience emotion after surgery for a brain tumor. Although his rational intelligence remained intact (he could think but not feel), his social judgments became dysfunctional, and he lost both his job and his marriage. Other patients, having lost their memories of emotions related to their experiences of success and failure, erred more when assessing risks in a laboratory gambling task. On this task, most people make money, as the emotions generated by their unconscious brain figure things out ahead of their conscious reasoning.

The unchallenged verdict: we easily misperceive our behavior as correlated with subsequent events, and thus we easily delude ourselves into thinking that we can predict or control uncontrollable events. indd 33 6/21/08 6:25:04 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s So, you understandably ask, might illusory thinking contaminate people’s beliefs regarding the power of their petitionary and intercessory prayers? If we are predisposed to find order in random events, to interpret outcomes guided by our preconceptions, and to search for and recall instances that confirm our beliefs, then might we overestimate the efficacy of petitionary prayer?

Radiocarbon dating has revealed the antiquity of the earth and its fossil remains. Intermediate life forms have been discovered precisely where and when evolutionary theory has predicted. indd 45 6/21/08 6:25:32 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s shared by humans and mice. ” Collins’ “theistic evolution” perspective Either half my colleagues are has been shared enormously stupid, or else the science by many kindred of Darwinism is fully compatible with spirits throughout conventional religious beliefs—and modern Christian equally compatible with atheism.

Download PDF sample

A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil by David G. Myers


by John
4.5

Rated 4.78 of 5 – based on 32 votes