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Lecture series digs into today's religious issues


Diana Butler Bass spoke at the most recent Mountain Top Lecture series.

     Speaking over the weekend at the Mountain Top Lecture series at Amicalola Falls,  professor and author Diana Butler Bass led a discussion exploring the dimensions of religion and spirituality in today’s world while looking at how our opinions of organized religion have changed over the years.

    Bass was hosted by The Mountain Top Lectures group which, now in its fifth season, holds three lectures per year bringing in noted theologians and authors to speak about the origin and evolution of our religious heritage. Her most recent book, Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, was published in 2012.
    Bass began her lecture by quoting Buddhist Monk Chognam Trungpa: “We cannot change the world as it is, but by opening ourselves to the world as it is, we may find that gentleness, decency, and bravery are available not only to us but to all human beings.”
    Bass said many people ask her how to change the church, the world, and politics but she said that’s not the right question.
    “We cannot change the world as it is. But for people who want to achieve a passion of insight, to open ourselves to what is, we need to try and figure out where it is in this world that we find those deepest connections of the divine,” she said. “We need to find the things that we have to embody in order to live well in the world we have.”
    The first part of Bass’ book deals with seeing the world as it is - without judgment and without fear. She then delves into how we nurture a more passionate form of faith, one that resonates with life on earth.
    “This emerging pattern equals a spiritual awakening,” she said.

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