As we advance into the third millennium, it’s clear that people are more confused than ever about the meaning of life, and how to find true happiness.
There are many explanations for this. But at Mind & Spirit, we’re convinced that the main cause is humanity’s flight from God.
This process began centuries ago, but has accelerated since the 1960s. It’s evident today not only in the increasing number of people who call themselves atheists, but also in the many more who limit their faith to the one day a week they attend worship services. The problem is not just unbelief, but that the divine presence is missing from modern life. God just doesn’t matter anymore.
Yes, religious fundamentalism is on the rise, especially in the Third World. But that’s mostly a last-gasp reaction against the powerful secular forces who dominate our globalized world and dictate the rules and values of our culture.
But there is good news. A small but growing number of people are discovering that life without God doesn’t make sense. They’ve discovered that our culture’s dominant philosophy, called “nihilism” – the idea that there is no universal, transcendent source of meaning and truth—leads to broken lives, and ultimately, a broken world. And they’ve discovered that it’s possible to combine strong religious faith—faith in a personal, loving God who is Father—with a total openness to reason and science, and the latest, proven practices in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience.
This is where Mind & Spirit comes in. We’re a new online magazine that covers the intersection of psychology and faith. It’s aimed at religious believers, seekers, and non-believers alike—anyone searching for insights and inspiration about the workings of the human mind and the search for genuine happiness.
Every religious tradition has its own contributions to make to the pursuit of mental health. At Mind & Spirit we will be drawing upon many of them. However, our worldview is influenced primarily by Christian theology and philosophy, and the uniquely powerful way that the Catholic intellectual and spiritual tradition has integrated faith and reason for the past 2,000 years.
Whatever your faith affiliation—or even if you count yourself among the growing number of “nones”—we hope you’ll read Mind & Spirit regularly, and learn how God can help you achieve authentic happiness in this life—and the next.