SS: Atheist Spirituality

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 Atheist Spirituality

by Sigfried Gold

Sam Harris is not the only atheist offering a replacement for something that’s gone missing after the rejection of religion, but what’s needed now, he claims, is a “rational approach to spirituality.” He courageously offers such an approach in Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. Courageously, I say, because his presumed audience shares his rejection of religion, but not necessarily his judgment that something is missing, much less his diagnosis of what that thing is; and many in his audience can be expected to have a positive hostility to his suggestion that they suffer a malady whose indicated treatment is spirituality, rationally approached or otherwise.  

But, of course, our contributor, Dr. Lex Crane argued for a similar  approach earlier in these pages.

Read his piece here.

6 thoughts on “SS: Atheist Spirituality

  1. Regarding the first sentence: “Sam Harris is not the only atheist offering a replacement for something that’s gone missing after the rejection of religion, but what’s needed now, he claims, is a ‘rational approach to spirituality.'”

    The “Goodlife Zen” website suggests that everyone is a spiritual person and that spirituality is a natural human attribute – a gift that comes with being human. “Spiritual traditions fail to acknowledge that we all have natural spirituality.”

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  2. Bob-dear, Many thanks for broadcasting my considered thinking to the world at large. On the page you offered it, I also explored the extremely interesting items listed in the left hand column of the of your website. It’s a goldmine of insight, especially the “Bob’s Photos” item, which is an awesome collection of data on world literature and philosophy. Bless you for creating it. Lex

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