If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning — just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. Similarly, the fact that eyes exist suggests that […]
The skeptic doubts one set of propositions because he believes another. None of us live with absolute, unassailable certainly about anything; we all live by faith. What someone thinks or feels absolutely certain of is really relative certainty. It’s certainty based on faith that they are right. The fact that they are certain is proof […]
Faith isn’t something you either have or don’t have, but something that ebbs and flows in the life and soul of every individual. Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith. It’s an element of faith. Where there is absolute certainty, there can be no room for faith.
Like every human being, I’ve tried to make sense of things. I’m not sure I succeeded. I’m not sure anyone can. Isaac Newton thought the universe functioned like clockwork, a well-oiled machine. That’s a comforting vision — neat, orderly, predictable. Unfortunately, it’s a vision that’s pretty much been shot to pieces by relativity, quantum mechanics, […]
Sometimes people ask if religion and science are opposed to one another. They are — in the same sense that the thumb and fingers of my hand are opposed to one another. It is an opposition by means of which anything can be grasped.
Search the interweb and you’re bound to find posts regarding the Wachowski brothers 1999 film The Matrix and it’s theological underpinnings. Some have suggested that the movie carries hidden themes that are Christian, others say it’s Buddhist, and still others insist it’s pagan throughout. When asked about it the Wachowski’s have managed to allow everyone to […]
I continue to be a little confused by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s book, The Grand Design. Following from their work in this book Stephen Hawking uses their theories to explain why it’s possible for the universe to have begun spontaneously, created from nothing. From this basis Hawking postulates that being able to use the […]
In his book, We Make The Road By Walking, Brian McLaren writes… An image is a small imitation or echo, like a reflection in a mirror. So if we bear the image of God, then like God, we experience life through relationships. Like God, we experience love through our complementary differences. Like God, we notice […]
In my most recent two posts I presented some snippets of ideas from Brian McLaren’s book The Secret Message of Jesus. Those posts dealt with a touchy topic. That is, considering the possibility that there may be limits to inclusion. Now, I would like to challenge you to consider the extensiveness of radical inclusion that […]
If the kingdom of God were a symphony, it would welcome anyone who had a desire to learn to play music — from tuba players to piccolo players, from violinists to percussionists. It would accept beginners and master musicians, wisely pairing up the novices with mentors who could help them learn. But it could not […]