For years now, our higher educational system has sought to separate church from state. Unfortunately, in their efforts to sanitize education from religious or spiritual beliefs, they have become secular indoctrination machines. The result is that the majority of young people graduating from college know better than to believe in anything like a so-called higher power.
My own two sons came away from University with their science degrees and a conviction that Freud was correct, “Religion is a sugar-coated neurotic crutch.” Indeed, young people, for the most part, are convinced by educators that spirituality is both unscientific and irrational.
Finding the Truth
Neither of these two notions is in fact true. Something I sought to demonstrate in my latest book, Questioning Spirituality. Early readers indicate that I have been successful with one reader saying, “If you ever wanted an existential argument for why spirituality is important in your life, here it is!”
Kirkus Review wrote this:
A pragmatic case for the rational viability of a spiritual belief in a higher power. [Taylor] makes a compelling case that the scientific worldview—one that sees humans as meat machines—is inconsistent with people’s experiences of themselves and is not nearly as rationally superior as it is so often presented. This alone makes the author’s compact consideration a worthwhile read. A philosophically astute challenge to the rational supremacy of science over its spiritual rivals.
Meeting a Need
When I began this book, it was with the idea that there must be many parents who felt the same frustration I did over this unintended educational outcome—unintended at least by way of parents who send their young people off to university. There must also be many young people who find the absence of a spiritual belief akin to the loss of hope and meaning in life.
Questioning Spirituality is the result of meeting the ideas used to dissuade people from any religious practice, and then working forward logically and pragmatically. It worked for my sons, it may just work for you. I know this work will be challenging to some simply because, in order to reach those who have been educated away from religion, I have had to acknowledge their beliefs and enter the woods where they live.
Questioning Spirituality is now available for preorder. You will find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million. Should you go down the rabbit hole with me, please let me know your thoughts.
As always, thanks for the read,
Eldon Taylor, PhD
NY Time Bestselling Author of Choices and Illusion