Now, with less rambling!
(The lack of rambling, like most things, is only temporary.)
OK, so here’s the question of the month: What is spiritual?
A few popular options:
- Nothing is spiritual. Only matter exists. The existence of matter and the way it’s configured itself can account for everything human beings experience. People make up spirituality to account for things outside themselves (like the weather) or inside themselves (like conscience) that they can’t explain. But these things can be explained by evolutionary processes.
Everything is spiritual. All is God and God is all.
- Spiritual and material are two different things, but everything material has something spiritual “in” or “behind” it.
- The world is full of different kinds of things. Some are spiritual, some are material. Some are a little of each.
- God is transcendent, above everything created. God created the universe (which does contain material things, and may contain spiritual things as well—but these things are still all created, and beneath God), but maintains a relationship with what God created.
- God is transcendent, above everything created. God created the physical world. God has no relationship with the physical world other than having created it.
- The spiritual and material are different things, completely separate and opposed. A person can seek and attain some form of higher spiritual life through disciplines that ween him or her off the demands of his or her physical existence.
So there are some perspectives painted in very generic and broad strokes. Here are some questions you can answer to turn this into a discussion: Which one do you tend towards? Or do you believe something altogether different? A mix of two or three above? And since a broadly painted worldview can’t really summarize yours, nuance it a little bit so we understand where you’re really coming from, why you’re coming from there, and how your beliefs might impact the way you see things or how you live.
See you on the boards and/or at Gray’s, 8pm, on Thursday.
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