Spiritual truths and fundamentalism

This started from a comment someone made about this story regarding a recent tragedy:

http://gma.yahoo.com/psychic-said-amanda-berry-dead-silent-berry-found-212849667–abc-news-topstories.html

In the end, I certainly don’t see the purported psychic as spiritual but a charlatan using the language of spirituality and superstition to make money off people.  However, it leads to an important lesson for those on the more mystical/UPG/Invisible Stars side of things.

Spiritual truths are individual and non-transferrable.

I have had powerful revelatory experiences which gave me the calling that started this blog.  I have to remember, however, that those truths matter most to me and not to others.  It is possible for those experiences to match or guide others but they will NEVER be universal.

Fundamentalism comes from the assumption that there can be universal truths at a spiritual level:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is the demand for a strict adherence to specific theological doctrines usually understood as a reaction against Modernist theology, primarily to promote continuity and accuracy.[1] The term “fundamentalism” was originally coined by its supporters to describe a specific package of theological beliefs that developed into a movement within the Protestant community of the United States in the early part of the 20th century, and that had its roots in the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy of that time.[2] The term usually has a religious connotation indicating unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs.[3] “Fundamentalism” is sometimes used as a pejorative term, particularly when combined with other epithets (as in the phrase “right-wing fundamentalists”).[

I should note that I use the term for any assumption of universal truth, not just religious.  I use it for any dogmatic approach to life.

The truths we find in life are hard won, but that doesn’t mean they become truth to others without careful examination and review.

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One response to “Spiritual truths and fundamentalism”

  1. aeddubh says :

    Have you ever attended Ivo’s workshop “The Touchstone”? A lot of it is an exploration of the *types* of truth. He uses the terms “Perennial” (universal) and “Parochial” (personal) [I think the latter term has a derogatory connotation, but YMMV]. It’s a useful and thought-provoking workshop, like most of his, whether you agree with or differ from him.

    This is also relevant:
    http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Studies-Blogs/chosen-belief.html

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