This web-site complements my book Dispirited (Zero books, 2012), and extends the discussion of topics within it. As I am now writing another book, which seeks to extend this discussion into the Atheism/Theism debate, as it relates to ethics, I will blog about that as the manuscript develops…
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The main concerns of this site/blog are the relationship between spirituality, religion and atheism. Below is a passage from the book, which gives a sense of my view – but please do use the blog pages to give your own take on these issues.
My overall aspiration here is not merely, or at all really, to dispute the existence of a ‘spiritual’ component in the psycho-physical phenomena of human beings. Neither is it to rehearse increasingly tired, and tiring, arguments about a supposed clash between atheists, secularists and theists. What I find both more compelling, and more urgent, is the extent to which discourses of spirituality, from new-age ’Mind, Body and Spirit’ advocates, and to a minor extent from within established traditions who propagate an account of their own ‘contemporary spirituality’, are intellectually and culturally harmful. I would go further, and at the risk of sounding alarmist and bombastic, suggest that these discourses are a form of poison that taints not only critical and social realms, but also does violence to our potential to be authentic, happy(ish) and fulfilled human beings.