The Books

Whether you are interested in comparing spiritual worldviews like Buddhism, Hinduism, Secular Humanism, and Islam, or a deep understanding of Christianity, or an academic discussion on spirituality without religion, The Spiritual Puzzle Project has a book for you.

Understanding the Spiritual Puzzle

Comparing Spiritual Worldviews

A Christian’s Guide to Speaking Secular

From the Spiritual Puzzle Project

Literacy 101

Spirituality Without Religion

Understanding the Spiritual Puzzle

Comparing Spiritual Worldviews

Most of the people in the world believe in some sort of spiritual component to existence. There are over two Billion Christians throughout the world. There are a billion Hindus in India where the religion is so pervasive it is hard to separate the culture from the religion. There are over a billion Muslims, many of them pray multiple times a day. Throughout South America, Africa and Asia there are hundreds of millions of spiritual folks: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and many other religions. As important as spirituality and religion are to most people throughout the world it is rather unusual that the education system in the Western World looks down upon any real discourse, or ongoing education about the different spiritual beliefs in the world. In Western culture, it is not ” politically correct” to discuss religion or spirituality. Understanding the Spiritual Puzzle gives an overview of all major Spiritual and non-spiritual worldviews presented in an academic approach.

The author believes that most people have their own concept of spirituality, and that these ideas can affect everything they do. The goal of this book is to help you understand the “big picture” of spirituality, and then to use this understanding to help you activate your spiritual life in the physical world. This book was written to help you understand and think about many different opinions of what spirituality is and how it affects everyday life. It is the author’s hope that by understanding more about spirituality you will better understand how reality works and how you can have more control over your physical life through a better understanding of your spiritual life.

If you do not have the picture on the box you are trying to put your life together by matching colors and shapes without a real understanding of how everything fits together.

This study starts by dividing all types of thoughts, or worldviews, into the spiritual and non- spiritual. The book discusses non- spiritual thought first, followed by spiritual worldviews and religions. Spiritual thought is divided into three categories. 1. Historical based religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 2. Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. 3. Non secular spirituality of all forms such as secular humanism and naturalism.

The author believes that your understanding of spirituality or non- spirituality influences your thoughts and actions much more than most of us realize, so it is important for everyone to try and better understand the big picture of spirituality and how it affects every one of us in our daily lives.

Trying to understand reality without a big picture understanding of spirituality is like trying to put together a puzzle without seeing the picture on the box.

Table of Contents

  1. What is your worldview
  2. Understanding the non-spiritual worldview
  3. Darwinism
  4. Secular Humanism & Naturalism
  5. Difficulties of non-spiritual belief
  6. The spiritual worldview
  7. Hinduism
  8. Buddhism
  9. New Age Spirituality
  10. Islam
  11. Judaism
  12. Christianity
  13. Jesus
  14. Forgiveness
  15. Free Will, Good/Evil, Salvation
  16. Faith, Prayer, Resurrection
  17. Summary –Activate your spirit

A Christian’s Guide to Speaking Secular

To teach someone a second language the teacher must have command of both languages. To teach someone about the depth and beauty of the Christian message it helps to be able to explain it in the secular language most people understand.”

The book translates deep spiritual insights from the Gospels into common language through historical, psychological and Biblical references. A Christian’s Guide describes the Christian message as: “The history of the spiritual consciousness development of the human race”. It analyzes how Judeo- Christian beliefs have impacted the spiritual consciousness development of each individual, as well as the spiritual consciousness of the culture as a group.

A big problem with trying to help non-Christians learn about Christianity is that many Christians struggle with knowing how to express the true depth and beauty of the Christian message. Most people are not comfortable sharing the good news for many different reasons.

The first goal of this book is to help Christians and non-Christians understand the remarkable and beautiful spiritually uplifting message of Christianity. The second goal is to help Christians learn how to explain the good news in familiar language that is comfortable for non-Christians to understand. If you are a non-Christian and you want to understand the spiritual basics of Christianity in a comfortable way you have not heard before, this book should help. This book is not intended to be a scholarly work. It is intended to be an easy-to-understand description of Christianity with suggestions on how to help non-Christians understand the beauty in common, non-religious, non-threatening language.

This book will explain why I translate the good news of the gospel into secular language by calling it: The history of the spiritual consciousness development of the human race.

The Bible tells a story that is very deep and complex in some ways, but very simple in other ways. Part of the story is about God helping humanity realize what I call The Great Paradox of Human Existence.

A Christian’s Guide to Speaking Secular helps you understand the basic principles of Christianity, and how to translate those principles for non-Christians. Understanding the Spiritual Puzzle helps you compare and contrast those principles to other spiritual worldviews.

Table of Contents

The Psychological Foundation of Spirituality

  1. Spiritual Consciousness Development
    The Great Paradox of Human Existence
  2. Three Stages of Individual and Social Development

The History of Spiritual Development

  1. The History of Ancient gods, Abraham to Moses
  2. The Image of God – What it means
  3. Jesus, The first Human Rights Advocate
    Forgiveness Grace Mercy and Equality
    New concepts to humanity
  4. The Spiritual Revolution, The Holy Spirit
    The New Covenant
    From a physical to a spiritual worldview
  5. The History of the Christian Church
    Paul to Constantine to The Reformation
    To the American Pilgrims
  6. The United States of America founded on God’s laws
  7. A Step backwards, Darwinism and Existentialism
  8. Understanding Worldviews
  9. Politics and Spirituality
  10. The Way Forward – Spiritual Life and Spiritual Death
    A Spiritual based society

 Questions and Answers

Spiritual Literacy 101

Spirituality Without Religion

Many people in Western Culture have a sense of Spirituality but they have had bad experiences in religious institutions, or they have witnessed people who claim to be religious, but they are very hypocritical, and they do not “practice what they preach’

Spiritual Literacy is the process of learning about the spiritual dimension of reality. Many people confuse spirituality with Religion. The goal of this book is to help people understand spirituality through psychology, history and science and how it differs from Religion.

For all but about the last 200 years in the Western World, humans never questioned whether there was a spiritual dimension to reality. In the non-Western countries like India, almost everyone believes there is a spiritual dimension to reality.  The expansion of the Existentialist and Atheists movement in Europe in the mid to late 1800’s by philosophers such as Nietzsche, Darwin, and Marx, is where discussions about a worldview without spirituality began in earnest.  At that time America was still an unsettled land going through a Civil War, and most people were arguing about whose side God was on.

Today many people have a spiritual sense but the whole concept of spirituality seems complex, and they are turned off by religions, so they just don’t deal with it. The Goal of Spiritual Literacy 101 is to help people understand spirituality without being caught up in religious rituals or arguments. The author believes it is very important to have a basic understanding of spirituality because it affects everything else you do.

We hope to have Spiritual Literacy 101 polished up and ready for publication by the end of 2023.