I’ve often read or listened to the passionate telling of a transformative spiritual experience. The “mountaintop” experience, near death experience, or battle with a potentially terminal illness that leaves one changed. Transformed. Forever different, with a new found certainty in their faith or particular belief system. If I’m to be honest I have to […]
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, […]
He is richest who is content with least, for contentment is the wealth of nature.
I would love to be someone who has the capacity to practice wild and uninhibited faith. I envy those who declare that their faith is so strong that they “know” God will hear their prayers and intercede where requested. I don’t have that kind of faith. I do have faith though. I have a faith […]
I am taking this opportunity to ask for prayers before I jump into this topic. My wife has arthritis in her spine and has recently been suffering excruciating and unrelenting pain caused by inflammation of the arthritic areas. Those of you who know me well, know that I like to think of myself as a […]
Another day, and another mass shooting (or more than one) hits the news. In the wake of these senseless acts many are drawn to ask some very straight forward questions… How can a loving God fail to intervene and stop the harm that humans cause in this world? If God has a plan for us, […]
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.
Some people think that a spiritual quest of any kind is a colossal waste of time. For them, the only things that are real are those that can be proven and measured. They might think, Life boils down to earning and buying and selling … eating and drinking and having fun … respiration, digestion, elimination, […]
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 […]
So, looking back, we’ve tried to understand our global crises. We’ve consolidated various lists into a model of human society as a machine with three subsystems or mechanisms — prosperity, equity, and security. We have situated this societal machine within the ecosystem of Earth, and we have understood it to be driven by a dominant […]