The Pokey Finger of God

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True Believers

September 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on True Believers · christianity, culture, history

At first, I could never understand the True Believers. My first encounters with them was in Christian churches. My own, initially pedantic, attempts at Bible study repeatedly failed to illuminate the motivations or goals of True Believers. I could never understand just what was so exciting in the faith as I had ever seen it […]

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Mile Marker

August 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Mile Marker · christianity, history

I’m starting to become overwhelmed (again) with revising my understanding of 1st-4th Centuries CE. On one hand, I can still clearly point to the council of Nicea in 325AD and say that this was the place at which Constantine (re-)created Christianity. On the other, I’m completely befuddled regarding which characters were real and which were […]

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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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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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Spiritual Onanism

June 19th, 2004 · Comments Off on Spiritual Onanism · culture, history

Somewhere in this article is a phrase used by a Catholic cardinal to describe all non-Christian religions, both ancient and New Age: “spiritual auto-eroticism”. I’m almost certain this was intended to be derisive and dismissive, and it is quite surely an honest response from this prelate. What’s funny is that outside of the Catholic context, […]

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Good God Essay

December 21st, 2003 · Comments Off on Good God Essay · culture, media

Here is a good essay that does a pretty good job of untangling some of the theological issues surrounding 43’s simplified fundamentalist world view. It seems that our selected president recently said that he believed Christians and Muslims “worshipped the same God” as a means to counter accusations that the US government is anti-Muslim. Such […]

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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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