Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 2 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Sci Tech    H3'ed 1/4/09

A Methodology for the Mature Spiritual Seeker

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   13 comments
Author 28369
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Ben Dench
1. Actively seek out and have your own direct spiritual experiences.
Testimony is not sufficient for believing in paranormal phenomena. Direct experience is.

2. Think critically about the experiences you have had.
What can you legitimately conclude from experience X? To what extent might you be reading into your experience based on your own religious / cultural preconceptions?

3. Form your own tentative conclusions.
Don't get too attached to any one conception about the way things are. Remain open to revising your ideas about reality based on new information.

4. Dialogue with others and rigorously test your hypotheses.
If there are other interpretations of your experience, listen to them. See what experiments you could do and what background information you could find to determine which explanation best fits the reality of the situation.

5. Seek to integrate all areas of objective knowledge into a coherent narrative.
To what extent does our knowledge from other areas of study (anthropology, psychology, biology, history, literary criticism, etc.) support or oppose your interpretation of reality?

6. Repeat.
This is a continuing process. Always be open to new experiences and to revising your beliefs based on new information.

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Ben Dench Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Ben Dench graduated valedictorian of his class from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the Spring Semester of 2007 with a B.A. in philosophy (his graduation speech, which received high praise, is available on YouTube). He is currently (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Interview with Richard Carrier

The Origin of Hell

Violent Jesus

How We Know That Christianity Is Not True

The Origin of Satan

On Masochism