Spiritual Development Blog

The Spiritual Development Blog is a mini-journal about how the spiritual development stages play out in our culture. It...

--points out correlations between the spiritual development of individuals and that of the larger culture.

--aims to show how those displaying the traits of spiritual maturity lead our culture forward while those holding back progress tend toward spiritual immaturity.

--occasionally offers opinions on the spiritual development stage of some public figure or group, based upon comments or values they put forth.

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Mar 31, 2013

Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind Reviews

professional reviews of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind

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Jan 19, 2013

Down with the Ten Commandments in Schools.

Up with Something More Universal!

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Jan 09, 2013

One Reason Typical "Christians" Fail to Understand Our President

A little-known distinction: "Is Your Belief System the Result of Choice, or Epiphany?"

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Jan 03, 2013

Les Miserables - spiritual types in Valjean and Javert

Even Victor Hugo understood the spiritual stages. His two main characters in Les Miserables exemplify the two main stages.

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Dec 19, 2012

Introducing Readers' Stories

Readers of my book, Faith Beyond Belief are invited to send in their own story for possible posting on my Patheos blog (and here) This is the first one.

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Nov 27, 2012

Globalization vs. Traditional Religion

We may as well face some facts... Religious leaders interested in maintaining a vibrant flock would do well to adapt their message to this snowballing trend of globalization, which they cannot fight. Traditional religion will soon render itself irrelevant if fails to adopt more universal, more unitive themes into its teachings.

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Nov 27, 2012

Greta Vosper - a voice of truth

If only we had more religious leaders willing to speak out as she does.

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Nov 27, 2012

Why Spirituality?

...If spiritual practices don’t foster a universal compassion – an all-inclusive compassion – they cannot lead to spiritual maturity. Realizing the benefits of a heart hatched out of its shell, and the compassion that ensues from it are what lead us to the most authentic and fulfilling life.

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Nov 20, 2012

The Self versus Spiritual Growth

At Huffington Post, Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses other avenues to spiritual growth besides meditation.

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Nov 20, 2012

Where Do Atheists Get Their Morality?

At Patheos, Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses why we don't need God to be good.

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Nov 07, 2012

Choose Courage - Not Fear.

At Patheos, Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses the spiritual courage needed to move beyond the need for rules and comforts provided by traditional religion.

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Oct 30, 2012

The Problem with Religious Belief

Religious beliefs are fine so long as they can be appreciated as local expressions chosen by a particular tradition to express a larger universal truth that is otherwise hard to explain. When we insist on taking them literally, they become weapons to use against those who believe differently and they speak of an immature spirituality.

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Sep 11, 2012

Do we dare doubt religion?

At Patheos, author Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses the evils of religious certainty and the importance of allowing doubt into one's belief system.

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