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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
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
About the Author 185