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A Finger pointing at the moon : transcending religion to achieve unity in the divine

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; KTWU-TV (Television station : Topeka, Kan.)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2008], ©2007.
Series: 29173s.; Films on Demand.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If religion is viewed as?a finger pointing at the moon,? then preoccupation with that finger?rites, rituals, rules?can actually be an obstacle to spiritual experience. This program considers the idea that religion is a means to sanctity, not an end in itself; the importance, in a time of rising global threat levels, of dissolving strictly sectarian conceptions of God; the profound unanimity of the religious quest;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
KTWU-TV (Television station : Topeka, Kan.), 2008
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; KTWU-TV (Television station : Topeka, Kan.)
OCLC Number: 709675802
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 09, 2008.
Title from distributor's description.
Description: 1 streaming video file (28 min.) : sound, color, digital file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet.; System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Contents: Religion: A Means or an End? (3:42) --
Notions of God: Expansion of Human Consciousness (2:00) --
Personal and Cultural Roles of Mythology (2:52) --
Modernity and Religious Pluralism (3:18) --
Reality of Religious Diversity (3:58) --
Concept of God Beyond Theism (4:12) --
Divisiveness of Religions Practices (4:26).
Series Title: 29173s.; Films on Demand.
Other Titles: Transcending religion to achieve unity in the divine
Responsibility: KTWU-TV (Television station : Topeka, Kan.).

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If religion is viewed as?a finger pointing at the moon,? then preoccupation with that finger?rites, rituals, rules?can actually be an obstacle to spiritual experience. This program considers the idea that religion is a means to sanctity, not an end in itself; the importance, in a time of rising global threat levels, of dissolving strictly sectarian conceptions of God; the profound unanimity of the religious quest; approaches to connecting with one?s own inherent divinity; and the influence of personal and cultural mythology, as defined by Joseph Campbell. Participants include retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong; James Forbes Jr., of New York City?s Riverside Church; author and futurist Peter Russell; religious mythologist Karen Armstrong; Sister Joan Chittister; Diana Eck, of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University; Harvard Divinity School?s Harvey Cox; Robert Bellah, of U.C. Berkeley; Rabbi David Rosen; Huston Smith, philosopher of world religions; and Buddhist scholar and translator B. Alan Wallace.

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