How Fundamentalist Language Destroys Spirituality
Ever notice how many spiritual leaders talk in stories, parables, poetry and mysterious sayings?
There's good reason for that. Ever notice that many people who know all the statistics about cancer still smoke? There's good reason for that. Literal facts do not move us, poetry does. In this little book, I explain how literal language is deadening and how symbolic language is the natural means of communication of spiritual truth. The cultural fundamentalism of America shows up in politics, religion and science with a constricting influence on all three. I'll explain where literalism comes from, what it looks like and how it works.
To read the bible or any spiritual literature, we need the kind of language that moves us. Mary Oliver, a fine poet, wrote "The road to heaven does not lie down in flat miles, it's in the imagination with which you perceive this world." Blake, Isaiah and Jesus would agree. Learn the language of spiritual nourishment.
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