Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cafeteria? no, Savitri Era? yes

[One Cosmos: The Absurdity of Absolute Relativity (12.27.08)
I do not believe in "cafeteria style" spirituality. It is more like being able to appreciate, say, Arvo Part, Dexter Gordon, Merle Haggard, ...]

["Are there any boundaries?" America's most reknowned authority on religion, and author of Why Religion Matters, expounds his views on why religion does matter in the context of historical progress, personal perspective, and New Age thought. A Conversation With... Huston Smith, phd. MARCH, 2002
I have a chapter on that for spiritual personality types, but there is a .... the cafeteria style of just going for amorphous self-indulgent spirituality.]

[so whenever someone asks me whether i’m a Buddhist, i can now answer with a straight face: i’m technically a non-practicing Catholic who does Buddhist practice. Re: Secularizing Buddhism–Making it Accessible or Stripping the Roots?
from ~C4Chaos by c4chaos]

[Thirty percent of Americans call themselves "spiritual, not religious," according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent in 2005. Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for "the divine-deli-cafeteria religion" as "very much in the spirit of Hinduism." We Are All Hindus Now By Lisa Miller NEWSWEEK Published Aug 15, 2009 From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009 3:18 PM]

Savitri Era Religion seeks to stop this rot by inviting people to savor the charm of an authentic and inventive religion. [TNM]

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