Within this website I explore whether there is a spiritual realm, a supernatural realm, containing God, mind, souls, consciousness with its contents (ideas, emotions, love, reason, etc) — this, from a purely philosophical and unreligious point of view. I first assume there is a spiritual realm so as to explore the implications; then I present my conclusions.
What's conspicuously missing is: spiritual philosophy. I hope to fill in this gap, just a little.
I assume: revealed religions and revealed spiritual paths are untrustworthy sources of knowledge and truth. I therefore reject all their teachings and doctrines (unless verified independently from philosophy or science).
Therefore, I postulate another realm (mind-body dualism), a non-physical realm, containing at a minimum consciousness with its contents. This, I call the "spiritual realm".
Certain aspects of reality seem foundational and defy explanation by science, so I postulate also that these have components within the spiritual realm:
But such a God must be evil, because he/she created or allowed for conscious suffering of conscious creatures.
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Materialists/physicalists are fascinated by science; and yes, the universe (the physical realm) with its workings are indeed thrilling. But more thrilling is the spiritual realm; that's where life and love reside — all the things most important in living.
Many atheists assume materialism/physicalism. But consciousness doesn't seem to fit this model, so I instead postulate non-materialism/non-physicalism (mind-body dualism) to discover the implications. Or, more accurately, I combine these:
But note: I reject the spooky spiritual aspects of nondualism, such as; that reality is in essence the manifestation of pure and universal consciousness.
I also postulate that we can't know anything about God, or about the structure or functioning of the spiritual realm; this, because the spiritual is impervious to scientific analysis and experimentation. All we can do about it is to reflect philosophically about what it contains.
All of the above is the only spiritual viewpoint I know of which doesn't in some way reject science.
And so, all these factors are the starting point for my investigation.
To find articles:
Symbols for links (click on them):
Article summaries (for quick reading). I highlight my views on key topics. To view a random one, click on the pretty blue circle having arrows. This is probably the fastest way to get a summary of all my views.
Regarding writing style: on occasion I use colons: and ellipses... wrong and violate other rules of grammar and syntax. I do this (usually) on purpose, hopefully to good effect to add a bit of color for an otherwise humorless topic. Regarding "he" vs. "she": I use "they". And I don't like saying "their minds" when each has only one, so I prefer "their mind". (Likewise for "husbands, love your wives".) Also, sentence fragments.
On my website I have no links to external sources for these reasons: (1) I don't want broken links littering my site and am tired of fixing them all the time, and (2) I don't want to defend the views of the people providing the ideas.
The URL for this website is misspelled on purpose — spir(no i)tual-philosophy.com
When I first started this website I postulated the existence of a spiritual realm containing God, souls, mind, consciousness with its contents, and etc. But as a result of subsequent analysis and reflection, I abandoned this view. Rather than rewrite the whole thing with my new view and lose the thoughts I originally had, I instead add comments (and also the "Conclusions" and summary articles).