SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT GODS:
DEVELOPING OUR CAPACITIES OF SPIRIT
Facebook Seminar
   

    Can we be persons of spirit even if we no longer believe in anything supernatural?
Will this on-line group enable us to discover other kindred spirits?

    Our organized discussions take place as part of a Facebook Group
called "Spiritual Atheists":
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SpiritualAtheists/
The other communications of this existing group
(which had 160 members in March 2014)
continue alongside these organized discussions.
Our discussions begin in April 2014.
And newcomers can join us even after we begin.

    Participants use their home computers or hand-held electronic devices.
Each discussion begins with reading a free on-line chapter
linked below.
Then participants share their responses, questions, & further thoughts.
These comments from participants appear in the Facebook display
below the chapter-link to which they are responding.

    Participants in the seminar can respond to each other's comments.
The time-commitment is less than one hour per week.
And participants can join the discussion at any time during the week.

    Because this is a Facebook GROUP (not a Facebook PAGE),
each discussion-starter and all responses
are sent by e-mail to members of this Facebook Group
(if they have set their membership to receive all postings).
Each week (or so), we start a new theme, as listed below.

    In contrast to a face-to-face seminar,
this Facebook Group does not require being at a certain place at a certain time.
But we can still see the faces of the participants,
at least those participants who use their real faces on Facebook.
And even those who use some other image or icon
will be identified by how they present themselves on Facebook.

    Another advantage of this way of organizing discussions
is that potential participants can see future themes in advance.
So they can find the most appropriate occasion for thoughts they plan to share.
Which of these following themes are already alive in your mind and spirit?


PART I:  WHICH GODS DO NOT EXIST?

Chapter 1.    No Gods Created the Universe .

Chapter 2.    No Gods Wrote Holy Books .

Chapter 3.    No Gods Are Watching Our Behavior .

Chapter 4.    No Gods Are All-Powerful .
  
Chapter 5.    No Gods Can Save Us from Death .


INTERLUDE:  WHICH GODS MIGHT EXIST?

Chapter 6.    God-Talk Might Be a Way of Expressing Our Spiritual Dynamics .


PART II:  WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY? SIX CAPACITIES OF OUR HUMAN SPIRITS

Chapter 7.    Beyond the Life of the Body, the 'Heart', & the Mind .

Chapter 8.    W a y s  t o  E x p a n d  O u r  S p i r i t s .
                           
Chapter 9.    Self-Transcendence, Self-Criticism, & Altruism .

Chapter 10.  Freedom: Transcending Enculturation and Choosing for Ourselves .

Chapter 11.  Creativity: Making Something Genuinely New .

Chapter 12.  Love: The I-Thou Encounter, Discovering Other Persons of Spirit .

Chapter 13.  The Disclosure of Existential Anxiety
                        and other Manifestations of Our Existential Predicament .
       
Chapter 14.  Glimpses of Joy and Fulfillment .


PART III: WITHOUT GODS, THE FUTURE OF SPIRITUALITY

Chapter 15.  The Next 1,000 Years of Spiritual Progress .

Chapter 16.  Asking the Ultimate Questions .




TEASERS FROM THE TEXT:

    To help visitors decide whether these discussions might be worth-while,
here are a few selected paragraphs from the book.
These illustrate the style of the book
and introduce some of the themes of our discussions.



PRINTED BOOK:


    A book of the same name collects the 16 discussions of this seminar. 
This 72-page book costs $10 wholesale,
plus postage and handling to have it delivered anywhere on Earth.
See full details about the printed book here:
Spirituality without Gods:
Developing Our Capacities of Spirit
.

    But all chapters of this book will always be available free-of-charge
at the URLs listed above.
Thus, there is no charge for reading the book on the Internet
and no charge for joining the Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SpiritualAtheists/



Created January 25, 2013; Revised 1-30-2013; 1-31-2013; 2-8-2013; 11-27-2013; 12-31-2013; 3-13-2014;3-15-2014;


Go to the book that is the printed resource for this Facebook Seminar:

Spirituality without Gods:
Developing Our Capacities of Spirit.



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