”To know that a person is in some sense ’religious’ is not as important as to know the role religion plays in the economy of his life” (Allport & Ross, 1967)
Episode 2 (16 min)
Episode 1 (16 min)
Intro (3 min)
“Psychological perspectives on ‘A silent God’ within us all?”
This episode takes an online lecture by Brian Swimme (“The journey for the Universe”) as one of its departure points. Another point of departure is a tv-program about a young woman looking for her unknown father. References to attachment theory, Sigmund Freud and some of his followers, different types of spirituality, among other things.
“Spirituality with or without ‘a God’?”
“Man’s existential conditions & The New Age”
Some reflexions upon the nature of, and the place of, “God” within New Age spirituality. A youtube-clip with Alan Watts makes a place for departure on thinking around the absence of a relational god within modern spirituality, in general.
“In 1939, in a sermon preached at Oxford University in the midst of a different global crisis, CS Lewis made a distinction that’s worth revisiting today. It wasn’t the case, he pointed out, that the outbreak of war had rendered human life suddenly fragile; rather, it was that people were suddenly realising it always had been.
‘The war creates no absolutely new situation,’ Lewis said. ‘It simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice… We are mistaken when we compare war with ‘normal life’. Life has never been normal.’”