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Mike
Xiamen, China
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On my good days I love you. But often I don't love you, I love my idealized version of you, which you are about 10% of the time. I spend the rest of my time resenting you for not being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Waving or Drowning?
Rick, that could be one way of looking at it. But, as I've written here before, it could be that some of this thinking was "before it's time", something that happens in an evolving system. Perhaps Pelagius was ahead of his time, and perhaps we are just getting to the place where we are ready to reconsider this particular line of thought. That's what I'm thinking.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2013 on Sacrifice For Sin II at Waving or Drowning?
I've never been a big fan of the formal discipline of apologetics (from the Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defence"). As with so much to do with religion, these arguments often seem to me to be good answers to bad questions.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
A quick additional thought* along the lines of my earlier post Sacrifice For Sin. Last week this line leapt out at me from a Q & A email from John Spong. It succinctly ties in the whole notion of hell,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
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I'm a big fan of Hugh MacLeod's work, and when I saw this image in my morning email my mind immediately went somewhere else with it. Meet a need... Amplify love. That's all. As you were. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
An interesting convergence of thoughts this morning. First, on his Facebook page Marcus Borg posted this quote from his book Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written: "The image of Jesus as the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
Richard Rohr sent out this missive a couple days ago, and I was reminded again of the beauty and brilliance that is the book of Wisdom. (One of the reasons that I love my Catholic Bible, and further proof that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
Thanks for the excerpt Rick. As I've said several times now I'm impressed with Pope Francis. Of course I like what he has to say here about evolution, but that won't surprise anyone. My thinking on this has been informed by several Catholics, going back to the great Jesuit anthropologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. And currently Franciscan Richard Rohr is doing great work making the notion of consciousness more approachable. We continue to move forward, and it takes all kinds. Lots of people are working from within, and lots from without. As with so much of life Rick, it's both/and, not either/or. I see no conflict in my appreciating the words of the Pope and yet choosing to operate in a more loosely defined environment.
Thanks Mike. Dad, FTW is short for For The Win, which means she liked what you said. And so did I. Except I'll have to get the Armani taken in a little... and I'll have to get rid of the cuffs on the pants. Apparently they're out of style now!
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I've said a few times now that I believe this "Chinese chapter" of my journey has been about learning to see. Parachuting into a country where you don't speak the language and the culture is so entirely different does funny... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
Connie, as usual another beautiful and piercing comment, thanks so much for your insight.
There are many reasons why I need to put this series of posts to bed, not least of which is there are other ponderings I want to post here! Originally I thought this would be quick. I wanted to respond... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
Rick, I'm always happy to read something from Pope Francis... I really like this guy. I won't debate the issue with you because I think our belief systems differ sufficiently to appear to constitute two "different" faiths, but I want to assure you that Christ is central to what I believe. I'll try to express that when I get to the 3rd and final instalment of this series. I don't think it will satisfy you, but I must tell you that I am overjoyed, in every sense of the word, with where I'm at on this journey. Peace and joy to you.
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Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on Life By Design--249/116 at Life...to the max!
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Just re-reading my response J, and it doesn't make much sense! I think we're coming up with new questions, yes, but they're better questions. Deeper questions. And it's not just science coming up with new questions, or religion coming up with new questions, etc. With each new round we move more toward that convergence I mentioned before. Not sure that's any clearer. :)
Great comment J. I agree with you on the discoveries thing, but I think we need new language... something to indictate hierarchy. The new discoveries lead us to new questions, but I guess I'm objecting to the continued use of the word "gaps". I think it's much more positive than that.
Rick - Thanks for the feedback on my post about the deification of God being a serious problem. The one I haven't written yet. I mean thanks for the feedback on the post I haven't written yet.
Conrad, thank you so much for that comment, and for sharing something so personal. To say "We're on the same page" would be an understatement. If there's an evolutionary impulse at the base of all creation and reality--and I think there is--then as I grow, my capacity to grasp even just a little more of what God is grows too. It must, or I will eventually outgrow God. (Hence the crises that so many of us encounter, and, come to think of it, institutional Christianity's resistance to questions.) And the anthropomorphic thing too. I've got a post rattling around in my head on how the anthropomorphization of God is a serious problem--just as serious as the deification of God. But, that's a conversation for another day.
Marty, thanks for the comment. I think I get about 25% of Caputo too. (Maybe if we put our heads together we can come up with 50%!) What you're saying he's saying is really working for me. As for the conversations, I hear you. I've learned (the hard way) that folks need to be ready for them. If they're happy where they are, or at least think they are, this is the last thing you want to bring up. All you can do is be there when the moment is right.
To summarize the previous post: As the gaps disappear we have no need of a God of The Gaps. As the shallow spectre of eternal damnation for those who fail to execute a simplistic transaction recedes in the face of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
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Connie, thanks so much for sharing that with us... that was beautiful. I believe what I experienced was not evolutionary, except in terms of how it might be seen half a century and more after the event, or set against what people believed about Christianity in the middle of the twentieth century. I have to say though, I think what you have described above is exactly evolutionary. Thank you.
J, thanks for your thoughts. Remember, the premise of irrelevance is based on a faith, which I think we would both acknowledge is alive and well, which assigns God to the gaps, or as a way to avoid Hell. Lots of other folks have a faith in which God is very, very relevant. I think I take exception to one thing on science though. [S]cience can only grapple with the natural world which is actually less real than the spiritual world... There was a time when I would have agreed, but now my view is there is only one world. And while you're absolutely right that a lot of scientists have trouble dealing with the spiritual aspects of that one world (just as some Christians feel the need to dismiss much of science), if science and spirituality are honestly practiced and expanded, I believe they will converge.
I love Chesterton. Thanks Rick.
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Image source These thoughts have been bouncing around my brain for some time, but they finally coalesced last week when I received an email from the good people at the Faith Initiative at Hong Kong University. (They're the folks who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?
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Ever wonder what it would sound like? If you pray to God for rain Don't you complain about the lightnin' If you're asking for directions, Don't you moan about the distance Must you lose it lose it all, lose it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Waving or Drowning?