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Spiritual Life

Worshipping God while bitter and frustrated detracts from experience

In a recent column, I stated that leaders of the Jews during Jesus’ lifetime led the Jewish people away from God. In retrospect, I wish I had explained that comment further.

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Transitioning from tragedy to hope in contemporary Christian music

This is part one in a two-part series.

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Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours past my bedtime, so I prayed a bit less coherently than usual) and we prayed in the new year.

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Spiritual Briefs

Christ Episcopal hosts art history lecture

Christ Episcopal Church has scheduled an art history lecture, “Rethinking the Oriental Carpet in Early Renaissance Paintings,” 5 p.m. Saturday in the church’s sanctuary, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

Art historian Lauren Arnold of the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco will discuss new research and show Renaissance paintings.

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Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann finds that social, physical and cultural contexts shape and give meaning to spiritual experiences. Her research compares the religious experiences of Buddhists in Thailand and evangelical Christians in the U.S.

Buddhism inspires a different set of spiritual experiences than evangelical Christianity, and culture makes a significant difference in how people experience spirituality, according to new Stanford research.

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