This book investigates the current state of religion and offers insights into the growing phenomena of the 'spiritual but not religious' individual. While many people identify themselves with a fundamentalist brand of religion, and a sizable minority has rejected religion altogether, there is a vast middle ground occupied by people who describe themselves as 'spiritual but not religious'. This book is aimed at those people, who are open to encountering the divine and the transcendent, and indeed actively seek these experiences. The authors help readers improve their understanding of the religious nature of the psyche, the origins of myths and religions in the collective unconscious, and the ways in which organized religion has often worked to infantilize its followers. They leave the reader with an empowered ability to claim his or her own spiritual authority and lead a more abundant, authentic life.Many of those who have left organized religion leave because it has hurt them in some way or because it failed to address their needs, yet they maintain a strong yearning to reconnect with the divine and transcendent level of human existence.As religious fundamentalism continues to influence so much of our national discourse, and as atheistic books rank high on bestseller lists, the time has never been more crucial for a book to address a 'third way' between fundamentalism and atheism - a way that encourages readers to connect with their true religious nature, while at the same time maintaining their intellectual integrity and claiming their own authority. The author, here, offers that third way.
The Invisible Church by Damon Thomas; J. Pittman McGehee was published by ABC-CLIO in November 2008 and is our 66550th best seller. The ISBN for The Invisible Church is 9780313365300.