The key points in this "speaking":
Why our age doesn't "get" religion (including religious believers).
Do religious beliefs inhabit the same epistemological sphere as scientific or historical facts?
Even today's non-religious spiritual movements (like many forms of witchcraft) are often shrouded in supernatural thinking.
God as “Santa Claus" vs. the God beyond atheism, theism, and all categories of belief or disbelief
Jesus as archetype, incarnation of love, and non-dual teacher (and so, so much more, as the meaning of Jesus—like the meaning of every great person or event— changes in every age).
Anything true is already here, always present, and always happening. Religious truth claims should not be essentially historic or predictive.
Can there be religion beyond historical claims to authority?
In this episode, I mentioned Richard Rohr's wonderful work, including his phrase that "God is the face of reality," and the meaning of Jesus as a universal blueprint or archetype. Check out more of his work here, and his book The Universal Christ here.
Some of the thoughts I shared are expressed in greater depth and breadth in a lovely interview I had with Suma Gowda. Check it out here.
Do you think religious belief is misunderstood? Do you believe religion is largely helpful or something society should move beyond?
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