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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Up with Something More Universal!
A little-known distinction: "Is Your Belief System the Result of Choice, or Epiphany?"
Even Victor Hugo understood the spiritual stages. His two main characters in Les Miserables exemplify the two main stages.
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.
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.
If only we had more religious leaders willing to speak out as she does.
...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.
At Huffington Post, Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses other avenues to spiritual growth besides meditation.
At Patheos, Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses why we don't need God to be good.
At Patheos, Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses the spiritual courage needed to move beyond the need for rules and comforts provided by traditional religion.
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.
At Patheos, author Margaret Placentra Johnston discusses the evils of religious certainty and the importance of allowing doubt into one's belief system.