Researchers are working with religious teachers to better understand the healing potential of hallucinogens.
His millions of fans and admirers around the world have known this was coming. Religion scholar Huston Smith was well into his 90s. His mind was sharp, but his hearing was failing. He had taken to a wheelchair in recent years. His last books were inspired -- but short.
He was tutored on Vedanta by the learned swami for the next ten years. Those studies would inform his entire body of work
Huston Smith was 93-years-old, plagued by hearing loss, weakened eyesight, and debilitating osteoporosis. You'd think he'd be ready to take it easy.
All religious traditions are different in important and often disturbing ways. And yet, when diligently pursued to their innermost depths, they meet, like rivers in an ocean, in oneness and universal love.
The absurdity of God condemning non-Christians to hell is enough to destroy the childhood faith of many a thoughtful adolescent. A God who created the universe by merely wishing it into existence is almost as fatal.
The truth is, religions are both different and alike, depending on where one looks. And we need to look at the whole picture, because when we lean too far in either direction we lose our balance.
In Stephen Prothero's new book, what seems like an intense conflict is ultimately just a marketing gimmick.
As we learn to tap into the hidden ally within every nightmare image, we discover that many things once fearful to us can become sources of joy and freedom.