By Paul Kurtz

During this greatly acclaimed and hugely arguable ebook, Paul Kurtz examines the explanations why humans settle for supernatural and paranormal trust platforms inspite of huge facts on the contrary. in line with the writer, this is why there's in the human species a deeply rooted tendency towards magical pondering - the "transcendental temptation" - which undermines serious judgment and paves the way in which for willful ideals. He explores intimately the 3 significant monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - discovering impressive mental and sociological parallels among those religions, the spiritualism of the nineteenth century, and the mystical trust structures of this day. There are sections on mysticism, trust within the afterlife, the life of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurtz additionally explains the character of skepticism as an antidote to trust within the transcendental.

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Pilgrims on Croagh Patrick, County Mayo (from Smyth, 2006). A. Griffin being at an angle of almost 45 degrees … the ever-present danger for the climbers of being flattened by loose, moving stones being dislodged by climbers higher up! … It is pure Hell! Take my personal, unbiased word for it! … Until recent years … the first climbers began the ascent after midnight but some time ago the Archbishop of Tuam [banned] night-time climbing. (Mayo Gazette, undated) Knock From Fátima to Bethlehem and from Lourdes to Kiltimagh I’ve never seen a miracle like the airport up in Knock.

Maureen Boyle, personal communication, 2006) Notwithstanding this deep spiritual reward, numbers visiting Lough Derg for the ‘traditional’ 3-day pilgrimage have dropped throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. This may be linked to the boom of the Irish economy at this time, and a recognizable decrease in general religious observance. To cater for falling numbers, the site has adapted its pilgrimage ‘product’: The tradition of the historical three-day pilgrimage has been preserved, but other services have been offered in recent years.

Distinction between Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism: Implications Spiritual destination management involves responsibility for satisfying the needs of pilgrims and religious tourists. Motivations for pilgrimage will differ from those of religious tourism, and it is these differences that can have a significant impact on the ability of destination managers to satisfy their ‘customers’. We can see that, whilst it is the experience at their destination that has significance for the religious tourist, perceptions will be different for the pilgrim, since the destination constitutes only one part of the experience of pilgrimage.

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