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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 …

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Am I Still a Deist After 7 Years?

In Reasoned Spirituality by Dave Gaddis

I have been actively promoting deism since I realized I was one back in 2008. While I still refer to myself as a deist, I must admit that I am a less enamored with the label. The deistic notion of God has not lost its reasoned allure for me, but there are challenges within the deist community. I use the …

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On Reasoned Spirituality

In Reasoned Spirituality by Dave Gaddis

In the interest of honesty and openness, I am a deist. Deist’s believe in God through reason, experience, and observation of the universe. That said, you do not have to believe in God to be part of our community. In fact, you can be a theist, deist, atheist, humanist, or whatever. The only requirement is that you seek greater enlightenment …