Tapestry

Spirituality Is Not Like Stamp Collecting

David Webster thinks it's dangerous to treat religion as a hobby. He argues that modern spirituality is not only unhelpful, it can make you stupid, selfish and unhappy....

Season 19: Episode 38

David Webster thinks it's dangerous to treat religion as a hobby. He argues that modern spirituality is not only unhelpful, it can make you stupid, selfish and unhappy.
The author and teacher says that the mind, body, spirit movement is a lot like a cocktail - and not in a good way. You start with a little Buddhism, add a dash of meditation, shake it all up with some chanting, and what do you end up with? A hot mess. 

David Webster is the author of Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy. He teaches philosophy, religion, and ethics at the University of Gloucestershire.

In the second half of the show, Kevin Miller's documentary, Hellbound?, asks whether Christians should be rethinking eternal damnation. The British Columbia fimmaker found that even asking the question gets some believers anxious, antsy and angry.

 

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