Month: January 2015

Buddhas on table |Spiritual apologetics

Beyond Spiritual Apologetics

I recently began to present my view that spirituality is often threatened by truth. This article examines one of the most common symptoms of that sense of threat: spiritual apologetics. In this article, I’ll define spiritual apologetics, and examine what I believe to be the inherent failings of an apologist’s approach to truth—as well as how these failings commonly play out in individual apologetic projects. I’ll also look at the origins of the apologetic impulse, and how to go beyond it by understanding the true nature and purpose of spirituality. Understanding Spiritual Apologetics “Apologetics” is the formal attempt to provide a rational basis for existing ideas, and especially for spiritual or religious beliefs. In the present day, “apologetics” usually entails working to reconcile spiritual beliefs with knowledge gained from other fields of study, especially the sciences. This article is specifically about these present-day apologetic attempts: Spiritual apologetics is the effort to reconcile spiritual claims with non-spiritual bodies of knowledge. A few examples of recent apologetic projects include: “Proof of Heaven,” as advanced by an American …