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Near-Death Experience: How to Live Without Fear

THE new age movement heralded by Theosophy in the late 19th century, is at last bearing meaningful fruit here in the 21st.

“Theosophy is indeed the life, the indwelling spirit which makes every true reform a vital reality,” wro...

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Neuroscience — Religion Shaped the Very Structure of Our Brains

Religion and neuroscience are not an obvious pairing. But earlier this week, a study published in Social Neuroscience demonstrated that spiritual feelings activate the neurological reward systems of devout Mormons. The study used fMRI...

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The Difference Between Religion And Spirituality

Ken Wilber, America’s most cited philosopher, makes a case for separating the 2 “modes of knowing” that we see in all religions — relative and absolute (or, myths and spirituality).

Separating the two, he says, is essential for ...

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Esoteric Australia

In 2001 as Australians celebrated the centenary of federation, no attention was paid to the role of mystic thinkers and esoteric ideas in Australian history. The vast majority of Australians know nothing of the “inner side” of their c...

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Reclaiming Spirituality for Lovers of Life
Does spirituality pertain exclusively to the realm of religion? Many people think so. But this is an error—and a spiritually destructive one at that.

A spirit is the nonphysical part of a person, t...
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Spirituality Without Religion — But What About The Sacred?

There is a current trend toward ‘Religion without God’ — churches are cropping up without God as the center of attention and simply building community. This is not entirely new, Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind has been in this area, al...

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Why a Gnostic Catechism?

"A Gnostic Catechism? What a preposterous idea and a contradiction in terms to boot!" Such and similar objections are likely to be forthcoming in response to the present effort. The word "catechism" readily conjures up visions of dogm...

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Mosaic of Modern Spirituality: Drawing on Different Traditions

We like to see the ancient world as filled with a lot of certain religions, all somehow clear and authentic in themselves. But the reality is more complex, for sure. Muslims, Christians, and Jews debated each other at times, and their...

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At a Time of Zealotry, Spinoza Matters More than Ever

In July 1656, the 23-year-old Bento de Spinoza was excommunicated from the Portuguese-Jewish congregation of Amsterdam. It was the harshest punishment of herem (ban) ever issued by that community. The extant document, a lengthy and vi...

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The Physics of Angels: Where Science and Theology Meet

It may seem unlikely that a scientist and a theologian would discuss angels in the twenty-first century. Both disciplines at the end of the modern era appear equally embarrassed by this subject. For theologians it became an embarrassm...

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