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…

“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…