Filed By Alex Blaze | May 17, 2007 9:01 AM | comments
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Where are you right now religiously?
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Nada. Religion as has been done on this planet is run by men, for men.
I'm happy with where I am. I'd call it spiritual, but not religious. Rather a mixture of several beliefs.
Exploring and learning about Buddhism...still recognizing that I have to separate the spirit of true Christianity from the work of "christian" zealots.
Although I have ranted and quoted Bible verses in previous posts ad nauseam, I consider myself spiritual and post-religious. My notions about "God" are more about a divine, transcendental, cosmic "connectedness" and less about the apprehension of a "personal God" that is so common among Chrsitians. (But I also believe that God is both.)
About ten years ago I discovered the book Stages of Faith by Dr. James Fowler of Emory University. It describes in psychological terms how faith matures for many of us as we age, and helped me immensely in my efforts to understand the religious positions of others. I recognized my own stage of questioning/agnosticism that I went through during my early adulthood (which Fowler calls Stage 4), and my current interest in inter-faith mysticism (which seems to be a lot like Fowler's Stage 5).
I wish that Fowler's faith development theory was more popularly understood, because it goes far to explain how religion is used and mis-used: to foster neighborly love and social healing, or to disseminate hate and distrust against those one mentally constructs to be "the other."