Prayers, and the Problem of God’s Existence

Someone wrote to me and I gave them a quick though unsatisfactory answer. This is what I wrote:

About the word “agnostic,” I know what you mean. Can I believe in some personal entity that is supposed to be all powerful, all knowing, etc., who is also paying close attention to . . . → Read More: Prayers, and the Problem of God’s Existence

Palm Sunday

[March 20, 2016, on Facebook] Today is Palm Sunday, though the churches have ruined it by making it also Passion Sunday. Sermons are usually off-topic anyway, and even when they’re not, they’re usually vacant, especially since they lost their function of helping us “recognize” Christ in the gospel (and in the whole of . . . → Read More: Palm Sunday

Daily Reflections (the 24th of September, anno Domini 2015)

I discovered Catherine Keller by reading her Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (2015). Her writing enthralls me. As I said to my friend Karen, I have not gotten far into the book (at all) but the more I read her, “the more I grasp what she is driving at, . . . → Read More: Daily Reflections (the 24th of September, anno Domini 2015)

Reflections on Virginity and Patriarchy

In Facebook I published:

People assume that for the early and medieval Christians virginity was about sex. That’s our cultural bias. For men it was about freedom, and often about sex. (The last is especially our gnostic legacy.) But for the woman, it was about MEN. It was a rejection of . . . → Read More: Reflections on Virginity and Patriarchy

Personal Reflections on Holy Saturday

This day, Holy Saturday, the day when Christ rested, His work completed, in Sabbath repose, the day when He rested in the feminine earth, in a womb of rock, was the day of my mother’s death, on April 2, 1994. It was an entire lifetime away for my younger daughter, and at this . . . → Read More: Personal Reflections on Holy Saturday

Journal Gleanings from This Week

Reading Coleridge

[February 17, 2011] I’ve been reading Richard Holmes’ biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. On page 204 of volume 2 Coleridge is reflecting about the need to recognize mystery in order for knowledge (including science) to have any vitality. Mystery must accompany realism or else realism loses its interest, the divine must . . . → Read More: Journal Gleanings from This Week

The Vast Realms of Human Thought Incline towards the Truth of Revelation

The church is a non-hierarchical bi-focal (the work and the churches) kind of affair in terms of its outer form. It combines Jewish liturgical practices centered around the Word with Spirit-led manifestations of gifts, praises and prayers with the practice of household hospitality, all of which have their roots in Judaism but all . . . → Read More: The Vast Realms of Human Thought Incline towards the Truth of Revelation

Matter, Earth and Body

[October 18, 2010] I was reading the Gospel according to John and several pages of Origen this morning. When we read the Scriptures it is all about the revelation of Christ, which is Christ, a divine “Who” who comes to us as the Word in our nous (our inner perceptual faculty) and addresses . . . → Read More: Matter, Earth and Body

The Light of the Revelation of Christ

John 8 is a wonderful chapter on the true Christian gnosis, or rather, Light. It is about our slavery to sin, and how we—in our “false” souls—are born of the devil, and how the light of Christ as the “I AM” of God frees us from our “birth” and slavery. Chapter 9 goes . . . → Read More: The Light of the Revelation of Christ

Wilderness Musings

Time

[September 9-13, 2010] Before I say what I thought about when I was in the woods, let me explain—albeit in garbled fashion—some presuppositions, that is, things I have previously concluded. One has to do with the nature of time in relation to eternity.

Time is something like an illusion. Eternity . . . → Read More: Wilderness Musings