Last Sunday the conversation was about the differences between Religion, Science and Philosophy: One topic that arose was the way that people in general are not concerned about the mystery of life so much, but seem to take events simply as a matter of course. This may be because the human mind is bound up with worldly affairs and the attainment of human desires most of the time.
Subjects for discussion next Sunday, 8th October;
The book by Eckhart Tolle, “The Power of Now” (A guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)
One question from page 99 of "The Power of Now" is whether Eckhart Tolle is a Pantheist. (Pantheism is the belief that all reality is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god, and hold a broad range of doctrines differing with regards to the forms of and relationships between divinity and reality.
Pantheism was popularized in Western culture as a theology and philosophy based on the work of the 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza,:p.7 particularly his book Ethics, published in 1677. The term "pantheism" was coined by Joseph Raphson in 1697 and has since been used to describe the beliefs of a variety of people and organizations.
Pantheistic concepts date back thousands of years, and pantheistic elements have been identified in branches of Eastern religions such as Hinduism. (Refer Wikipedia)
Cafe Philosophy Conversations
Sunday 9.00 am until 10.30 am
Ellen Melville Centre,
High St., Central Auckland.