The Pokey Finger of God

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Questions from a Seeker

July 22nd, 2004 · Comments Off on Questions from a Seeker · metaphysics

Question: So do you believe that there is a true divine being, or do you believe that belief in the divine is simply a carrot on a stick to help man strive for something better in life? Answer: Divinity does exist, and it exists within each of us and in everything around us. Recognizing that […]

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Questions from a Seeker

July 11th, 2004 · Comments Off on Questions from a Seeker · christianity, metaphysics

Question: I just read DaVinci Code, and I liked the book a lot. What interested me was that there were other versions of Christianity, like the Gnostics, who sound like they were more Eastern, or pagan in their beliefs. I was brought up Catholic and never believed in everything they teach, but do still consider […]

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Questions from a seeker: 3

November 16th, 2003 · Comments Off on Questions from a seeker: 3 · metaphysics, ritual

Q: How can I make the “leap of faith” to accept someone else’s religion? Suspension of disbelief is a handy tool to use when examining religion. This is the same tool used when you watch action movies or Star Trek that allows you to enjoy it without getting all twisted up about the goofy science. […]

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Questions from a seeker 2

September 14th, 2003 · Comments Off on Questions from a seeker 2 · history, metaphysics, ritual

Dear Seeker — You ask: I’m perplexed by the “magick” involved with Yahweh “one-upping” the Egyptian Magicians with various magick. Were these “magick-offs” a common occurrence? Are these things actually documented elsewhere? I’m curious as to what type of magick we’re talking about here. It is mentioned that some of the plagues did not affect […]

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Questions from a seeker 1

September 8th, 2003 · Comments Off on Questions from a seeker 1 · metaphysics, ritual

Dear Seeker — You ask: First of all, why is “god” called various names — I’ve seen “El Shaddai”, “Yaweh”, and “God” multiple times. Are they all referring to the same god, or is there an implication of other gods or parts of God? First of all, the term “god” is an ancient gothic construct […]

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History of the Church

June 4th, 2003 · Comments Off on History of the Church · christianity, culture, history, metaphysics

I’ve been having an interesting exchange of letters with a cousin I lost touch with twenty years ago. She was Catholic last time I saw her, seems she’s discovered paganism over the last five years. I ended up writing a summary history of Christianity, and realized when I was done that it was the most […]

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