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Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review
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ISSN (Print) 1946-0538 - ISSN (Online) 1946-0538
Published by Philosophy Documentation Center Homepage  [89 journals]
  • The Many Gods of Deuteronomy - A Response to Michael Heiser’s
           Interpretation of Deut. 32: 8–9

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      Authors: Christopher M. Hansen
      Abstract: In the study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel, a consistent area of debate between mainstream and conservative scholars is whether or not the ancient Israelites were monotheists who worshiped El Elyon as their highest god, and whether or not the Hebrew Bible retains any of this. One particular passage of interest has been Deuteronomy 32: 8–9, which most academics interpret as El Elyon distributing the nation to his children, one of whom is Yahweh. This essay seeks to address the rebuttals of conservative scholars who have sought to deny this, by arguing that ancient Israel’s conception of Yahweh was and that he was not a son of El in Deut. 32. This essay rejects these conclusions, principally arguing against the work of Michael S. Heiser, bringing attention to some neglected data which conservative academics (and mainstream ones) have often overlooked in trying to elucidate this passage and demonstrating that the consensus reading of the passage makes the most sense of the text.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:29 GMT
       
  • Authenticity, Workplace Spirituality and Mindfulness

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      Authors: Mira Karjalainen
      Abstract: Authenticity has become one of the key ethics in contemporary society and culture. This research analyses the present ideals of authenticity in work-life, building on theories on post-secularization and new spiritualities, neoliberalism, and the concept of ideal worker deriving from organizational studies. Corporate mindfulness is looked at as a topical example of authenticity practices in current work-life. The research utilizes interview data was produced in a knowledge work organization that had launched its own mindfulness program and become part of the wider workplace spirituality movement. The research question focused on what kind of discourses on authenticity are born when the organization simultaneously discourages full expressions of one’s personality as not being professional or adequate in work-life context, and roots for mindfulness, which hails for recognizing reality as it is, accepting oneself and finding authentic self. Using discourse analysis, four themes were found in data, each revealing a different discourse on authenticity.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:28 GMT
       
  • Ancient Aliens, Modern Fears: Anti-scientific, Anti-evolutionary, Racist,
           and Xenophobic Motifs in Robert Charroux

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      Authors: Stefano Bigliardi
      Abstract: The French author Robert Charroux (1909–1978) contributed to the popular discourse about alien visits to earth in the remote past, that he advanced in voluminous books replete with narratives of anomalous “facts.” According to Charroux, humanity is divided in “races” whose existence is explained in reference to greater or lesser “genetic” similarity to the “ancient aliens,” as well as to radiation that genetically modified humans on the occasions of major catastrophes (natural as well as human-induced). Additionally, he was convinced that a factor in humanity’s decadence was its attachment to technology, that he regarded as detrimental in various ways; science, in his opinion, was overrated, a case in point being the theory of evolution. Extending the analysis of Charroux’s work offered by scholars like Wiktor Stoczkowski and Damien Karbovnik, I scrutinize Charroux’s books, reconstructing his ambiguous attitude towards science, his criticism of evolution, his racist theories, and his xenophobic worldview.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:27 GMT
       
  • Buddha Bowls: Enchanting a Secular Skinny

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      Authors: Zoe Alderton
      Abstract: Appearing on the food landscape in the 2010s, “Buddha bowls” are a meal consisting of healthy food elements artfully arranged. This name carries with it a notable spiritual significance, allowing buyers to feel as though they are consuming something more elevated than an average meal. The kind of Buddhism that is consumed here is related to exotic choices and health secrets from the Orient. Discourse around Buddha bowls shows a limited grasp of the religion’s actual history or practices, including frequent confusion between Gautama Buddha and the Chan figure Budai. What is more important in the spiritual dimension of this meal is the sense of elevation and the power of the ascetic choice in an obesogenic consumer environment. Buddha bowls also feed into a “healthist” society where neoliberal self-governance places responsibility for health on the individual and their own choices. By making a healthy choice, a person can feel safe and protect against harm and pollution to the body. In this way, Buddha bowls also perform a common religious role by warding off danger like a talisman. While they offer little towards an exploration of Buddhist history and global praxis, the Buddha bowl has much to reveal about neoliberal spiritual landscapes.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:27 GMT
       
  • The Silence Around Non-Ordinary Experiences During the Pandemic

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      Authors: Bettina E. Schmidt;Kate Stockly
      Abstract: The article presents new research about spiritual experiences during COVID-19. It starts with a wider discussion about the relationship between spirituality and wellbeing, based on research carried out in Brazil and the United Kingdom before the pandemic. The research showed a strict division between personal faith and medical treatment, reflecting a professional distance when treating patients that results in patients’ unwillingness to speak about their experience to anyone in the medical profession, even when these experiences impact their mental health. The article then explores findings of a new research project about spiritual experience during COVID-19 and reflects on three themes that emerged from the data: 1) changes in patients’ relationships with their religious communities, 2) seeing spiritual figures and near death experiences, and 3) interpretations of COVID-19 as a spiritual contagion. These themes contribute to a nuanced understanding of how spiritual experiences that arise in moments of crisis are interpreted by the people who have them, potentially contributing to resiliance and coping. The last section discusses the reluctance to speak about non-ordinary experiences and reflects on the importance of integrating non-ordinary experiences for mental health.
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:26 GMT
       
  • Handbook of Religion and the Authority of Science

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      Authors: Essi Mäkelä
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:26 GMT
       
  • Minority Religions and Uncertainty

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      Authors: Carole M. Cusack
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:25 GMT
       
  • Journal of Daesoon Thought and the Religions of East Asia

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      Authors: Mary Briggs
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:01:25 GMT
       
 
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