We began this book by asking several important questions: What is religion? What is spirituality? Are religions functional and healthy for individuals and groups? How do we scientifically study the phenomenon of religion; indeed, how do we even define it? Are religions and spiritualities true and, if so, in what ways? To answer these questions, we took a long journey from the outside in, considering many sciences of religion, and from the bottom up, working from a contemporary scientific worldview toward a concept of God-by-whatever-name. To paraphrase the poet W. H. Auden: to ask hard questions is simple, but the answers are hard, and hard to remember.1
KeywordsReligious Tradition Human Language Grand Unify Theory Ultimate Reality Religious People
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