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Blogs on the kind of spirituality that stands between Silly Fundamentalism and Flat Secularity.
Charles Blow in the New York Times recently noted that the religious composition of the 112th congress is completely without representation of one of the largest religious groups in America, the unaffiliated. No-one. Nada. Zippo.
Most religions seem reasonably represented or over-represented. While 51% of America is titularly Protestant, nearly 57% of our congress claims to be. Actual Catholics make up about 24% our our country, but have a 29% representation. The Jews do the
Updated 02-01-2011 at 07:22 PM by Bob-ji
well said, Bobbyji.
christianlity has a bias toward the poor " tis easier for a camel to pass thru the eye of a needle, than a rich man to gain the kingdom of heaven"
'blessed are the poor...." Its as though the early Christians were aiming at the masses from the beginning, as Christianity quickly became a religion of conversion under Paul ( who was not an original disciple, yet certainly was spirited!)
to a vedantist, its all their karma, shouldnt
Many in the spiritual world connect spirituality with compassion, and effectively say, if you are compassionate, of course you will want to see greater income equality. My colleague Jeff Utter writes,"my religion teaches me that human beings have a responsibility for all the members of a society, that wealth is a great temptation, that our standing obligation is to guard against the greed which can take hold imperceptibly more and more and blind people to how selfish they have become." Andy
I've been pondering what sane spirituality has to say in the political realm. We articulated much of that in the Call to Global Spiritual Citizenship, which we invite you to read and sign if you haven't already. But that's abstract, and we need to articulate what it has to say today, right now.
One clear and present danger to the US and the world situation is the financial situation. The US is running up a deficit, the mere payment on which will approach 1 Trillion dollars
NY Times, Wed, Nov 10. "Four separate and competing national organizations representing various streams of atheists ... will soon be spreading their gospel through advertisements on billboards, buses and trains....Their campaign juxtaposes particularly primitive passages from the Bible and the Koran with quotations from non believers and humanists like Albert Einstein and Katharine Hepburn."
They recognize, says the Times, that 15 percent of America is "unaffiliated," and they want
Updated 11-10-2010 at 06:12 PM by Bob-ji