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Fellowship: Ritual and structure

September 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Ritual and structure · fellowship, ritual

Quick recap: Go to the Fellowship category there on the right to see all of the Fellowship essays. This continues from a recent set of essays here and here. Ritual is rightfully a topic of research and invention in and of itself, and for its own sake. It is distinct from faith, belief, habit, mime, […]

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Fellowship: sketching a calendar

September 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: sketching a calendar · fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

Continuing from the previous post, I am working further on plans for an “event” in a few months. Step one is gathering together the calendar information relevant to the cycles of Venus and Mercury. This is done and available here. Based on the current date and the upcoming events, I see two particularly good dates […]

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Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching · culture, fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

I was reminded about my Fellowship project last night when I saw that my birthday this year is the day Mercury is hidden by the Sun. It will remain invisible for 12 days. (It’s actually passing in front of the Sun from our perspective, but you can’t see it without special lenses, because Sun.) Two […]

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A New Start

September 1st, 2014 · Comments Off on A New Start · administration

Originally, this site was created as a location for the religion-oriented essays I had been writing on Live Journal. Having a themed site made it easier for me to stick to the topic, and it helped coalesce the various ideas together into a book. After completion of the book, my use of this site dropped […]

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Is There a Place for Augustine?

November 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Is There a Place for Augustine? · christianity

If you were to create a new religion from scratch and could pick and choose any doctrines or theologies you felt appropriate, which stance is better: “I’m the only one who can help you” or “I’m okay, you’re okay”?

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Personal Spiritual Sovereignty

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Personal Spiritual Sovereignty · christianity, history, Janus in Nicea

Among many other great cultural losses that occurred after Christianity was made the exclusive mode of religious expression allowed in the Empire, was the idea of personal spiritual sovereignty. There was once a great diversity of theology and practice. People were not exclusive to any one church any more than people today are exclusive to […]

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Equilibrium

June 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Equilibrium · metaphysics, ritual

I have been dwelling further on Venus, the planet specifically, in its passage from Morning Star to Evening Star. I sense a deep pattern here, and placing myself within it may be the best way to quickly understand it. On Sunday, June 8th, Venus-Solar conjunction will occur. There are three significant points to make about […]

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New Time

May 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on New Time · ritual

My recent flirting with a regular weight-training regimen has begun to produce noticeable results, almost despite my inability to keep to a schedule. My body feels better and my yoga is better when I keep the discipline of practice. It reminds me of the benefits I would get with regular meditation practice. Again, discipline with […]

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The Quick & the Dead

May 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Quick & the Dead · metaphysics, ritual

The nature of death is tied to the structure of life: two concepts with which modern science continues to struggle. While we know ourselves to be alive and know that those who are dead are lost to us, we also know our knowledge is incomplete, if not suspect. I have had the opportunity on a […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Jesus

May 21st, 2006 · Comments Off on The Incredible Shrinking Jesus · christianity, ritual

In the process of studying Biblical history, I’ve also studied a little bit of Greek, Hebrew, theology, philosophy, anthropology (physical and cultural), archeology, literary analysis, linguistics, economics, politics, military theory, and even (yes) basket weaving. The Bible, itself, is pretty sparse, so all these other techniques are used to illuminate this ancient and hoary document. […]

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