Can someone point me into a direction on research of other religions (I guess thats the term I am thinking of). I am mixed up right now. I certainly don't believe in the Bible and God (Christian). But feel there may be something out there. I just don't know how to explore it. Pagan? Budhist?
Another question. I guess I don't understand the differance between Spirituality and Religion. Aren't they the same?
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
|1. The state, quality, manner, or fact of being spiritual.|
|Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material.|
|a. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers.
b. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
Personally... I found the Unitarian Universalist website/religion (http://www.uua.org/visitors/index.shtml but it's changed a bit since I first found it) to be a great aid in my journey from catholicism to pagan. DH and I still attend our UU church since they have a wonderful religious education program for the kiddos...
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If you can find the book of transcripts from the Bill Moyers series of interviews with Joseph Campbell, that's an education in itself right there too.
Ask "the thing out there" to draw you in. "God" (or whatever you want to call "it") will put materials/teachers/churches/ideas into your path that send you to the right location.
How does that sound? weird? I hope not. My dh is raised catholic-its hard to break free of those rules and black and white stuff. (It would be for me!)
Try reading the first chapter of Alasdair Macintyre's book After Virtue. If you decide you like him, go to a book by him called Three Rival Versions of Moral Inquiry. It really lays out what the general alternatives are to the way we think about these things in the West (no matter who one is).
If you want to read something rather difficult but very rewarding, try Sources of the Self by Charles Taylor. Two books in one; one looking at the question via philosophy and one via history.
-Spirituality is a solitary, personal thing; religion is a community-oriented, not- so-private thing.
-Spirituality is perfectly tailored to the individual; religion involves compromise for the greater good of the group.
-Spirituality is itself a higher power; religion is the organized worshipping of a higher power.
(This is the one that's going to get me in trouble, so let me just give a gentle reminder that is just my opinion.)
-Spirituality is gift from God; religion is humanmade.
You're in my prayers. I hope you find what you are looking for.