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The New Enlightenment - A Search for Global Civilization, Peace, and Spiritual Growth in the 21st Century Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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Given the tone and argumentation of this original commentary, some readers may be puzzled to discover the author is a prominent Republican who has served in the White House, a formerly active Catholic layman, and a successful businessman who has managed billion-dollar global management consulting practices and authored books on international business. Yet, he is now the author of a provocative and incisive critique of serious deficiencies in Catholicism and other major world religions.
One of his primary theses is that these belief systems in their "doctrines, rituals, and codes" are "following the same path -- a path that cannot represent God's intent." He argues that they "tend to separate and rank human spirits rather than bringing them together under the rubric of love."
His concern is that "doctrinal religions are, by their very nature, opposed to values" such as "individual initiative, human liberty, fairness to the less fortunate, human equality" and "when applied in a fundamental form in the political arena can be corrosive to human peace and liberty."
Highly recommended for those who are open to exploring new roads on their spiritual journey.
I was brought up in a protestant household, attended Sunday school, sang and toured in a choir, played guitar and composed religious songs and assisted in running group events for children.
I watched as lives were destroyed (alcoholism, depression) around arguments about service formats, modern or traditional hymns, guitar vs. pipe organ and the hierarchy implied by being "born again". I began to think about the schism between faith and religion. I stopped attending church.
I can only agree with the conclusion that all doctrinal religion is corrosive, and the text articulated what I had "sensed" over the many years I have considered the man made nature of religion. Grady offers powerful tenets to renew our spirituality, the framework neatly dodging creation of a new dogma by asking us to connect and follow our spirit.
I have noticed that politics and religion have become intertwined. The move away from God and the Spirit has left a vacuum for many people, whether they admit it or not. As someone once observed, people keep saying "God is dead" (meaning religion), but addressing the reasons why God needed to be there in the first place are in short supply. "The New Enlightenment" covers this subject well.
I observe that politics has become like religion - unreasonable beliefs that are maintained by ignorance and enforced by like minded communities. The polarization of the US populace along feuding party lines is a testament to that. I see discrimination along party lines with exclusion by membership on both sides.Read more ›
There are also some thought provoking sections on the ten commandments, and so many of the things I have wondered and thought about in terms of life, death, salvation, eternity....and when it all began.... This is a book that I think anyone who has the slightest doubts or questions about their own spirituality vs.Read more ›