A Finger Pointing at the Moon
Transcending Religion to Achieve Unity in the DivineStreaming Video - 2008
If religion is viewed as â€œa finger pointing at the moon,â€ then preoccupation with that fingerâ€”rites, rituals, rulesâ€”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 oneâ€™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 Cityâ€™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 Schoolâ€™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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2007
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (28 min.) : sd., col., digital file
Uniform Title: Transcending religion to achieve unity in the divine