"The portion of religiously affiliated adults who say they regularly read scripture, share their faith with others and participate in small prayer groups or scripture study groups all have increased modestly since 2007. And roughly four-in-ten religiously affiliated adults (41%) now say they rely mainly on their religious beliefs for guidance on questions about right and wrong, up 7 percentage points in seven years." [Read Article]
Backed by groundbreaking clinical research, Columbia psychologist Lisa Miller is proposing a new vision of parenting that makes nurturing "natural spirituality" the first priority for a child’s mental health and happiness. Could her work spark the next religious awakening?
"When followers of naturalism (such as scientists and humanists) face the question of whether life has transcendent meaning, they typically answer 'no, at least not any that humans can discern..." Are traditional religions advantaged over naturalistic philosophies by virtue of their claim to provide such meaning, and if so, is this an advantage that they will always maintain?" [Read Article]
"Trauma too often leaves us estranged from self, family and a future in an unsafe place. For many, spirituality and/or a community of believers offer that home. Spirituality and religion offer the bridge to reconnection with the essential goodness of self and others, an appreciation of life, reunion with nature and a reason to hope." [Read Article]