More than three-hundred people came to hear Dr. Thomas Moore, bestselling author and practicing psychologist, speak about spirituality and relationships during a fascinating evening talk co-hosted by Antioch New England’s Department of Applied Psychology and MAPS Counseling Services. Moore has an easy, relaxed delivery style that kept the crowd listening intently to his thoughtful insights about the nature of love, the soul, spirituality in the modern world, and the joys and difficulties of relationships.
Dr. Moore uses his wide reading, deep erudition, and wry humor to explore what it means to be a spiritual being in the modern world. He joked that when people are disappointed to hear he has not read a particular author, he tells them he does not read anything written in the last five hundred years. While it’s true that he does often cite Heraclitus, Erasmus, or Buddha, he is also well-versed in the writings of Carl Jung. Responding to a question after his talk, he said career atheist Christopher Hitchens would have a worthier opponent in a theological scholar such as Erasmus, rather than spending his energy attacking Pat Robertson.
In order to be fully present in a relationship, Dr. Moore contends that we need not only to let go of worrying about ourselves and our effect on others, but also to be prepared to see and accept and love the other, both in their unknowability and in their constant state of change.
Dr. Moore is one of America’s best-known and respected lecturers and authors on spirituality and life. A theologian and psychotherapist, he is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Care of the Soul and eighteen other books. He has appeared on The Oprah Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Sunday Morning on CBS.
This presentation can be streamed and viewed here (70:00) or downloaded as a podcast in 4 parts.