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Topic: Daily Quote from: Spirituality Without God
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Daily Quote from: Spirituality Without God
on: October 4, 2011, 14:55


Here is another part from Chapter Two: SPIRITUAL HUMANISM: The Quest for human-centric spirituality.



….This movement, away from the creator-God as sustainer of its creation, towards scientific materialism makes some sense if one considers the less-than-accurate information about so many aspects of human life which was forthcoming from the religious schools of thought. However, when the human mind began to question its dependence on its own God-projection and shifted its focus instead to a dependence on rational thinking and scientific materialism, it committed yet another error of judgment: it moved from an uninspected religious certainty to an equally uninspected rationalist/materialist view of things without first investigating the fundamental problems both these styles of human enquiry were attempting to address.

In this, the humanist movement, in its reactive urgency to rid itself from the stigma of the God-paradigm committed the same error which previously led to the error of the God-concept. It moved from the belief in God to the belief in knowledge and science. Unfortunately both these beliefs are based on an uninspected view of the nature of the unique problems facing us. In addition to this, this approach fails to appreciate the limited potential of the instruments employed by both rationality and religious belief to deal with human life in an intelligent, comprehensive and effective manner.

The movement from God to rationality is therefore a mere modification within the projective ability of thought, rather than a radical shift into the exploration of other, more subtle, areas of our human potential. Belief in a God is as much a product of thought as is the belief in rationality and science as panaceas for all our ills. Both these beliefs are created and sustained by thought. Without sensitizing ourselves to the inherent limitations of thought, all the steps we take towards solving our problems via the agency of rationality alone will be conditioned and controlled by the challenged nature of the instrument we use.

If Humanism were to become the basis for a truly integral approach to human well-being, it would be prudent for it to sensitize itself to the vast well of human potential which lies beyond mere scientism and the power of the rational mind. In fact, at some point in its enquiry, Humanism will be forced to re-look at the question of transcendent living, much as the eastern traditions had to do, but without any of the religious dogmas and presumed revelatory, mystical ‘truths’ associated with these ancient metaphors for integral living and the wholeness of life……

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