Spirituality For Our Global Community

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Overview

In this groundbreaking book, Daniel A. Helminiak provides a crucial spiritual option-a middle path between society's secular materialism and traditional religion's other worldly focus and institutional dogmatism. The functional atheism of contemporary society doesn't satisfy the human desire for lasting meaning and value. But parochial, inflexible religious beliefs can foster personal, local, and global conflicts in a postmodern world of pluralism, globalization, and respect for science and progress.

In response, Daniel A. Helminiak offers a compelling vision of a spirituality that downplays beliefs and emphasizes the essential spiritual dynamics of the common human quest for wholeness, goodness, freedom, and community.

About the Author:
Daniel A. Helminiak is professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia

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Editorial Reviews

Elena Mustakova-Possardt
In search of a sustainable vision of global harmony, Daniel Helminiak offers an honest and careful analysis of the divisiveness of traditional religion as most people know it, and its failure to meet the needs of a global community. He proposes a well-differentiated analysis of our common spirituality, which lies at the core of both religious commitments and secular humanistic pursuits. This book is an important contribution to the current dialogue on human wholeness, and on what constitutes a responsible approach to life in a globalizing world.
Anthony J. Marsella
This book is brilliant. The scholarship, communication, and thinking are superb. A real advance for the field of cultural psychology and for the global community.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559172
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel A. Helminiak is professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia. His books include the international bestseller What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. His personal website is www.visionsofdaniel.net.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction     xiii
The Current Cultural Crisis     1
The Relevance and Irrelevance of Religion     19
The Spirit of Humanity     41
The Structure of the Human Spirit     55
The Problem of God     75
Otherworldly Beliefs and Spiritual Community     97
The Psychological Housing of the Human Spirit     121
Our Global Community     139
Index     169
About the Author     185

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