Enjoy listening to Rob Bell and Richard Rohr discuss the seven themes of an contemplative (alternative) orthodoxy.

The original Robcast (podcast) can be found here: https://robbell.podbean.com/e/episode-86-richard-rohr-and-the-alternative-orthodoxy/

1. Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by Tradition are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview (METHODOLOGY).

2. If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and is on our side (FOUNDATION).

3. There is only One Reality. Any final distinction between natural and supernatural or sacred and profane is a bogus one (FRAME).

4. Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be name and exposed truthfully and they die in exposure to the Light (ECUMENISM).

5. The “separate self” is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the “shadow self” the problem. This leads to denying, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the divine (TRANSFORMATION).

6. The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines (PROCESS).

7. Reality is paradoxical and complimentary. Non-dual thinking [Unity] is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion (GOAL).