Behind the Curtain of Hate




How quaint. How provincial. How parochial the words sound. So what other words could we use to describe the unspeakable wickedness and evil we have witnessed in Paris this day? Words fail if we cannot use these.

End Game Continue reading Behind the Curtain of Hate

The Enemy of the Authentic Self

I have been thinking about being true to ourselves. It seems like personal fulfillment is our most cherished value. Contemporary culture stands up and cheers when somebody declares their “authentic self.” It is so American. It speaks of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I wonder if we shouldn’t consider whether to replace the national motto. (In case you forgot, it is “In God We Trust,” a pretty new addition to our national identity—only approved by congress in the 1950s.) Perhaps we should get our new motto from Hamlet: “To thine own self be true.” Unlikely? I’m not so sure. Regardless of Polonius’ true intent in the play, the words have a golden sound to them. Continue reading The Enemy of the Authentic Self

Women’s Bible Study Resumes

Acts THMJody has begun a new year of teaching the women’s Bible study at Montavilla Church. Each session will be posted at right in the sidebar.

Thoughts on Silence

Silence. It can be empty or full.

Consider the void of space before time. Empty. Null. Dark. Yet, God spoke in the silence All that is, became.

We are threatened by silence because it is beyond us. We cannot make it speak or dance. Only God can turn that which is not into something that is. Continue reading Thoughts on Silence

Consider the Possibility

Helloooo…anyone out there?

I do not think humanity is living in a whole-world simulation. But because the simulation argument seems to work, what it seems to do is to uncover deep discrepancies . . . in how people think about deep reality — about this universe, multiple universes, consciousness, inferences for and against theism. (From the article)

First, in the interest of full disclosure, I have not carefully read the article I’m linking to. I’m including it here, though, because it makes a point I’ve made before (Cosmology, Culture and the Multiverse, May 2012). Scientists and cosmologists, in grappling with the questions of existence, tend to leave room for the possibility of God in their considerations whether they recognize it or not. The point is simply this: atheism is to disregard real possibilities — as closed-minded as any religious zealot. To say one is agnostic is a more honest position.

What interests me when I hear about learned men and women exploring the possibilities as Carl Sagan did in his book, Contact (later to become a movie starring Jody Foster) is that they must dodge the God solution. They  have an easier time attributing the vexing mysteries of the universe to advanced civilizations, not unlike ourselves but for their evolutionary superiority, than to attribute it to an infinite, personal consciousness — Schaeffer’s “God who is there.”

Here’s the link: Is Our Universe a Fake?

We Have Failed Our Eyes

ComaTheir eyes had failed them.
Or they had failed their eyes…
~The Glass Menagerie

What have we done? That was the question that overwhelmed me as I was praying this morning—brought me to tears. What have we done? What kind of people have we evolved to be?

Perhaps you have heard it on the news. A nationally recognized health services organization has been recorded while talking openly about the harvesting and distribution of fetal tissue. When I heard about it from one of our household members I thought it was another right wing conspiracy theory, an urban legend that would soon appear at Snopes dot com.

It isn’t. It won’t. It is true. Continue reading We Have Failed Our Eyes

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