How to Be an Adult in Faith and Spirituality

How to Be an Adult in Faith and Spirituality

by David Richo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809146918
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 05/02/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,274,254
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Healthy Self, Healthy Beliefs 9

The Power of Childhood 14

Stages of Growth and Faith 16

Auditing Our Religion 48

Pondering the Criteria of an Adult Religion 22

Chapter 2 What Is Religion? 26

Four Elements 29

Early Religion 35

The Religion of Patriotism 40

When Patriarchy Rules 43

Chapter 3 What About Spirituality? 50

A Cosmic Dimension 54

Egoic Religion and Spiritually Aware Religion 55

How Spirituality Makes Love Universal 57

Showing the Wholeness That We Are 59

Chapter 4 What Is Faith? 64

Faith and Fact 68

Room for Both Science and Faith 70

Firsthand Faith 72

Poems, Not Headlines 74

When Faith Falls into the Void 77

The Void and Depression 83

Walking through the Valley of the Shadow 85

Chapter 5 Practicing Adult Faith 88

We Accept Life's Givens 88

We Are Open to Many Traditions 89

We Appreciate Metaphor 91

We See Prayer Differently 95

We Are Free from Superstition 99

We Are Free from Obsession with Religion 103

We Ponder the Afterlife 106

Chapter 6 What Is Meant by God? 112

Out There or in Here? 112

The Supernatural 118

Three More Ways of Describing the Divine 121

A Mystical View 121

The Depth View 123

An Evolutionary View 126

Chapter 7 Mystery and Metaphor 130

Are There Atheists? 134

How We Might Take God Personally 137

God and Evil 141

Noticing Our Own Dark Side 145

Befriending the Shadow through Loving-kindness 150

Epilogue: The Call to Be Cosmic 153

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