Week 44: Connectedness

Piety

Religious naturalism is the idea that the sacred is found in nature. (Where else would you expect to find it?) It embraces reality and finds inspiration in it.
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Oneness

All things are part of the whole. Without a unifying theory of knowledge, this idea remains just a way of looking at things, an ideal. But it is noble and inspiring ideal that prompts people to continue to look for order. Bit by bit, here and there, we have found
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Paying It Forward


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Devotion

The political and journalistic world can boast of very few heroes who compare with Father Damien of Moloka’i. It is worthwhile to look for the sources of such heroism. [Mohandas Gandhi commenting on the life of Damien de Veuster] To be devoted to something is to belong to it alone.
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Consilience

Consilience is the unity of knowledge, the religious equivalent of a unifying force or principle in physics. In 1998, Edward O. Wilson wrote passionately and persuasively about this subject, arguing that knowledge in all fields can be united under one framework. If there is one reality, then that should be
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Belonging – Friendship

Much of what we believe is a social construct. In other words, we believe what we believe because the people around us tell us, through their words or actions, to believe it. For thousands of years, human beings have told each other all kinds of things that people know deep
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Connectedness

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ― a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion
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