While nearly half of Americans identify themselves with a fundamentalist brand of religion, and a sizable minority has rejected religion altogether, there is a vast middle ground. This book is aimed at that huge group of people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. In other words, people who are open to encountering the divine and the transcendent, and indeed actively seek these experiences. The authors help readers improve their understanding of the religious nature of the psyche, the origins of myths and religions in the collective unconscious, and the ways in which organized religion has often worked to infantilize its followers. They leave the reader with an empowered ability to claim his or her own spiritual authority and lead a more abundant, authentic life.
Many of those who have left organized religion have done so because it has hurt them in some way or because it failed to address their needs, yet they maintain a strong yearning to reconnect with the divine and transcendent level of human existence. As religious fundamentalism continues to influence so much of our national discourse, and as atheistic books rank high on bestseller lists, the time has never been more crucial for a book to address a third way between fundamentalism and atheism - a way that encourages readers to connect with their true religious nature, while at the same time maintaining their intellectual integrity and claiming their own authority. McGehee and Thomas offer that third way.
|Series:||Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of Contents
Series Foreword by J. Harold Ellens
:Why That Old Time Religion Isnt Good Enough for Anybody.
1. The American Pseudo-Religion
2. The Rising Tide of Anxiety and & Fundamentalism
3. The Church as Negative Mother and& Father
4. How Does Religion Wound Us?
Part II: Finding a Healthy Spirituality for the 21st Century
5. Reclaiming Religion
6. Christianitys Symbols and& Sacred Stories
7. The Kingdom Within
8. The (Lighter) Burden of Consciousness
9. Finding a Healthy Spirituality&Encountering
the Transcendent in Everyday Life