visitor to the site wrote:
religion as we know it is elementary school, will the
spirituality that you are describing be a continuation
of that faith, or of another (such as Buddhism), or
a combination, or are you trying to create something
entirely new, not based on the previous faiths."
believe Jesus came to say, "The time for religion
is past. The Kingdom of God is here among us. So dump
the rules and the politics of the old religions and
live in the Kingdom of God."
grammar school is an essential part of our education.
We need to learn how to read and write. In our case,
we need to learn to read and write in English, since
we live in an English-speaking culture.
is the grammar school of spirituality. We live in a
so-called "Christian" culture. Christianity
is the spiritual language most of us first learn, although
there are many other spiritual grammar schools available
to us. If we happen to be brought up in a Christian
environment, we need that early indoctrination in the
stories of the Christian tradition, because it's a simple
way for children to learn about God. If we lived in
Japan we would need a similar indoctrination in Shintoism.
This kind of training provides us with a spiritual language
without which we would be illiterate. Theology is the
grammar of our spiritual thinking.
then we need to go the next step. We need to graduate.
We were never intended to remain in grammar school for
the rest of our lives. There is high school, college,
grad school, and then the world in which we become our
own teachers. We need to go on a personal spiritual
quest, and that can best be done in committed long-term
the same as graduating from college. At that point,.we're
on our own among others who think in a variety of ways
about life and business. In the groups, we disassemble
what we were taught, decide what to keep and what to
abandon. We learn to value every religious point of
view as a slice of the one big spiritual pie. But we
make our quest for God the focus of our life. Each of
us is his or her own temple. We come to worship the
God that we find within ourselves, not the external
God of some ancient tradition.
purpose of education is to teach us to think, not to
fill our heads with facts. But the church is still stuck
at the fact-filling stage, and is frightened that its
people might learn to think for themselves.
John W. Sloat 2005