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Religion and Reality Deficit

In Featured, Reasoned Living by Dave Gaddis

I assert that there can be only one Absolute Reality or Truth. Most of humanity’s thinking regarding Absolute Reality has come through it’s religious doctrines, which purport to have a divine origin. If there is only one Truth, especially a god-given one, then why are there so many different explanations for the same aspects of existence? Consider this circle to represent …

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Rethinking Our Imagined Reality: The Way Ahead

In Featured, Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

At the beginning of this article series, I made a single assumption. There is only one Absolute Reality (AR) or Truth. We each experience and conceptualize AR differently, but the underline components of our existence are universal. In Illusory Separation from Nature, we looked at the underlying constituents of existence and how they are interconnected and whole. We discussed Neil deGrasse …

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Rethinking Our Imagined Reality: Our Imaginary Constructs

In Featured, Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

How many times have you or a friend claimed to have limited or no imagination? For everyone that thinks that is the case, I offer that you are sorely mistaken. Our lives are awash in imaginary constructs. They are not only pervasive, powerful, and immersive but also collective. Let’s consider some examples. Does the United States, Australia, or South Africa …

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Reasoned Mindfulness

In Featured, Reasoned Spirituality, Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

I was discussing mindfulness with a fellow deist and it dawned on me that most of us have an incomplete understanding of mindfulness itself. I spent some time researching the Buddhist concept of mindfulness and from that research I developed my concept of Reasoned Mindfulness, which I present below. Mindfulness is comprised of three elements: (1) a frame of reference; (2) directed alertness; …

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Reasoned Clarity and Presence

In Featured, Reasoned Spirituality by Dave Gaddis

My greatest hope for humanity in 2016 is that we move forward with greater clarity and presence, achieved through these two core ideas. Reason demands that we examine the Universe as it is in itself. “The word of God is the creation we behold and it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God …

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Rethinking Our Imagined Reality: Evolution of “Truth”

In Featured, Reasoned Spirituality by Dave Gaddis

One often hears the religious “preach” the truth about the universe and life. In this article, we will survey the evolution of “truth” (i.e., religion) over the millennia. This topic is the subject of doctoral degrees, so it is impractical to think that I can cover every aspect and nuance of these religions. While the overviews are simplistic, I think …