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.