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Entries in mysticism (2)


Losing my religion (1)

I'm probably a little slow to the races on this subject. It has taken a lot of study and heart searching over the last couple of years to arrive at my current state, which is somewhere between "recovering fundamentalist" and "reverential agnostic." I've spent a lot of time studying Dawkins too, a fine and elegant writer, with an appealing streak of humility, at times. Some of the other New Atheists, however, seem to be little more than fundamentalists themselves, absolutely intolerant of views that differ from their own on subjects about which there can be no certainty.

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Mystery vs. magic

Much of my recent reading has focused on how to find ways to deal with the losing of religion while still maintaining the sense of wonder that seems to my eyes to be perhaps the greatest aspect of faith. I have resolutely refused to retreat into mystery because this seems to me to be just a way of avoiding the difficult questions. But the refusal of an explanation is not really a solution, and I wasn't really sure why I objected so much until I sat down with my 9-year-old daughter and

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