Topic: Most people today, it seems, hear the word religion and immediately think of institutions, ancient traditions, dogma, authority, moral demands and rituals that are more or less meaningful. In Thomas Moore’s new book, as examples of religious people he refers to people like the astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Henry David Thoreau, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Glenn Gould who found and expressed a sacred point of view in their personal experiences and their art. Steeped in Jung, he sees religion as the result of an individual movement toward depth and an awareness of the mysterious and the beyond-ego elements in ordinary living.
Still, the book is not about a self-centered quest or personal psychology. It suggests a re-visioning and deliteralizing of community, so that the newly imagined religious person finds fellowship with all beings on the planet, and beyond. The book spells out various ways, inspired and guided by the spiritual traditions, but far-ranging, we can make our lives thoroughly religious, avoiding the creeping secularism of the age. It is for everyone—church-goers, seekers, agnostics and even atheists. Instead of a vague spirituality, it recommends a freshly re-invented notion of religion suited to the 21st century.
Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor and a psychotherapist, and today he widely lectures on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts. He has a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work.
Length: 90 min