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To build a fire: The spiritual art of socialization

image enhanced from original – by B. T. Newberg “You don’t really think that’s going to work do you?” said my dad.  I had arranged the twigs, kindling, and birch bark in a tepee, just exactly so, and he came…

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Nontheistic ritual: Is it effective?

photo by B. T. Newberg – by B. T. Newberg Two weeks ago I completed a seven-day Humanistic Pagan retreat.  In this post, I evaluate the effectiveness of the retreat, and then focus on one of its most controversial aspects:…

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An experiment in spiritual socialization

This Memorial Day weekend will be spent with my folks and relatives up in Ely, Minnesota.  I’m taking the opportunity to experiment further with Martin Buber’s spiritual practice of dialogue.  Expect a post on this next weekend. Meanwhile, tomorrow’s post…

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No rapture: Resonance, not transcendence

photo by B. T. Newberg, May 20, 2011 – by B. T. Newberg This post celebrates Non-judgment Day, the day which is not the May 21st Judgment Day predicted by Harold Camping and followers, but rather a day for celebrating…

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Retreat, day seven: Reflection, vulnerability, and the goal

Photo by B. T. Newberg, May 8, 2011 – by B. T. Newberg Yesterday was the final day.  In the morning I performed the final rituals and meditations, and at noon rode my bicycle in a cool, damp drizzle to…

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