What to Do With Holy Writ

It seems to me that in our modern day we are inclined to categorize literature into the neat categories of ‘fiction’ vs. ‘non-fiction’. But I wonder if literature in general, and Sacred Literature in particular, doesn’t fit in that tidy dichotomy very well. Consider Homer’s epic Iliad & Odyssey. In ancient Greek times they were…

Good People Are Neither Easy Nor Impossible to Find

American Christians can be divided between those who believe a good person is easy to find and those who believe a good person is impossible to find. Those who believe good people are easy to find frequently take stances along the lines of “I’m not perfect — God is not finished with me yet.” Thus we’re all as good…

Post Progressivism

In response to an article about how folks who end up rejecting Evangelical Christianity frequently become Atheists I wrote the following comment in reply: I’m an “Evangelical Church Survivor” myself. And would have ended up an atheist if it weren’t for an Experience. When I was a teen I survived some really terrible family calamity….

“Sad music” is helpful when you’re sad?

You might reasonably assume that when you’re sad, put on ‘happy’ music to cheer yourself up. Sousa marches, for example. But a 2019 study suggests otherwise: “The strong appeal of sad music to people with MDD [Major Depressive Disorder] may be related to its calming effects rather than any desire to increase or maintain sad…

Mystery in the Lord’s Prayer

In the Lord’s Prayer there is a curious feature in the original Greek. And that is: in the first petition it reads “Our Father in the HEAVENS” [plural], but later it reads “on earth as it is in HEAVEN” [singular]. Why is ‘heaven’ plural in one place and singular in the other? I searched the…

Life and the Afterlife

In terms of the ‘ultimate destination’ of our individual lives, there is a remarkable similarity among the religions of the world in this sense: that our ultimate destination is a kind of ‘perpetual stasis’. As important as ‘heaven’ is to Christians, the Bible itself has remarkably little to say about it, but the consensus view…

Article: “New study suggests meditating on emptiness might be better than mindfulness”

This from “Lion’s Roar”. I note that ’emptiness’ is also part of the Abrahamic tradition as well: “Emptiness of emptiness, all is emptiness” (Ecc.1:1) “In a recent study, meditating on emptiness led to a 24 percent decrease in negative emotions.” Emptiness meditation may be more effective at improving wellbeing than mindfulness meditation, according to psychologists…

“Prayer in a Time of Peril”

Last night I attended an interfaith event at our church called “Prayer in a Time of Peril” in which Christians from a broad spectrum of Christianity (Mormons to Presbyterians to Catholics) and Muslims came together to discuss this spiritual practice common to us all. Many marvelous insights were shared, and it was wonderful evening. Meanwhile,…

Orthodoxy vs. Orthopraxy —vs. Orthohody (?)

In broad and over-simplistic terms, various approaches to the Spiritual Path have been proposed: One is ‘orthodoxy’, a word which comes from the Greek word ὀρθοδοξία (ORTHO-DOXIA) — ‘right opinion’. As defined by Wikipedia, ‘orthodoxy’ is “adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means ‘conforming to the…

One Electron, One Soul

In mathematics, classical calculus depends on the idea of ‘infinity’, and in the late 19th century mathematicians became quite concerned with nailing down that elusive concept. Georg Cantor (1845 – 1918) proposed a solution, which can be explained using only two simple math concepts you learned in grade school. The first is the idea of…