Tag: Religion

Ecstatic Experience How the West Can Find Itself by Losing Control Erraticus Image by Philippe Siguret

Ecstatic Experience: How the West Can Find Itself by Losing Control

In the West, we resist ecstatic experience, fearful of losing control—this hyper-rationalistic mindset excludes us from crucial paths to insight and connection. But there is a dark side to ecstasy.

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Kierkegaard, Knausgaard, and the ‘Kingdom of God’

Karl Ove Knausgaard often uses religious language in his fiction—but as religion recedes, does he think literature can create ecstatic experience?

Religion is About Emotion Regulation and Shared Experience Erraticus Image by Hakan Nural

Religion is About Emotion Regulation and Shared Experience

Religion is a social glue that unifies individuals into cooperative social groups and helps us regulate our emotions—even if it can't explain nature.

Cult, New Religious Movement, or Minority Religion? Erraticus Image by Sarah Noltner

Cult, New Religious Movement, or Minority Religion?

We need to change the language we use when talking about religion, starting with the word "cult."

Breaking Free of Societal Systems in Order to Revitalize Them

Jeff Savage, a non-academic-minded-academic, discusses the challenges of growing beyond three stagnate and authoritarian systems—academia, schooling, and the organized religion of his youth.

Lead with the Destination, Not the Engine

Raj Balkaran, a scholar of Religion and Mythology, and personal coach, uncovers the power of myth as an engine for individual growth.

As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery Erraticus Image by Edwin Andrade

As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery

Throughout most contemporary discourse about God and practiced religion, God is conceptualized as a literal being, leading believers to harm, vilify, and limit the potential of other people. While atheists ridicule the religious for believing in such a temperamental God, they have also limited their own potentials.

A Divided World Needs to Make God a Useful Idea, Again Image by Eberhard Grossgasteiger

A Divided World Needs to Make God a Useful Idea, Again

In his newest book, God: A Human History, Reza Aslan seeks to provide an explanation for this rise of what he refers to as “the humanized God.” He proposes a more pragmatic idea of god, instead.

Building a Faith Community Without Belief in God Image by Andrew Dong

Building a Faith Community Without Belief in God

Tranquil chaos surrounded me, but I fervently believed that the humanities could offer answers to the big questions. Could a commonwealth of non-believers offer the same benefits of a faith community?

How to Keep Jews Jewish by Being More Like the Amish

How to Keep Jews Jewish by Being More Like the Amish

A Jewish version of Rumspringa offers a proactive and holistic approach for developing religious identity in youth, while respecting individual autonomy.