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Welcome Back Uncle Sigmund! … Trump, Brexit, Televangelists’ Hang-Ups and the Return of the Repressed

Welcome Back Uncle Sigmund! … Trump, Brexit, Televangelists’ Hang-Ups and the Return of the Repressed

Archetypes, awareness, bigotry, Challenge, Change, citizenship, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, election year, Freud, immigration, Islam, Jung, justice, Minorities, multiculturalism, Psychoanalysis, racism, Religion, terrorism, Trump
Would a couple of you please carry Uncle Sigmund’s luggage? (I’d do it myself, but this damn sciatica has laid me low for over three years now. OK … good … thanks … ) And, Uncle, please be careful of that first step down from the train. Remember, you’re not as young as you used to be. We have a lot to talk about, now that you’ve returned.  On the way to your hotel, we can discuss some topics I’m sure you’ll be very interested in, specifically Donald Trump, Brexit, and the fabled sexual peccadilloes of conservative American televangelists.  I have a feeling the world is finally catching up with you.  What’s that you say, Uncle? All three phenomena are actually the same, like the heads of Hydra all belonging to a single monster? Fascinating. I guess this is a case of great minds thinking...
A Stroll through the Cherry Orchard with Fr. Rolheiser

A Stroll through the Cherry Orchard with Fr. Rolheiser

Archetype, Christianity, Compassion, conflict, critical judgment, culture, doubt, epistemology, Ethics, faith, Freud, God, Human Condition, Ideology, Jesus, Jung, Kierkegaard, Literature, monotheism, Myth, Mythology, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Rationality, Religion, Scripture, Skeptic, The Divine, Theodicy, Theology, Uncategorized
First of all, please understand up front and in no uncertain terms that I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for Fr. Ron Rolheiser. I have taken classes from him at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and have met him and talked with him in social settings outside the classroom. I have found him to be invariably charitable, witty, intelligent, approachable, possessed of a mischievous sense of humor, as well as prodigiously gifted as a teacher. What strikes me most about Fr. Rolheiser are two things:  (1) his great compassion toward victims of suicide and the ones they leave behind – he writes a column on this every year – and (2) he has a vanishingly rare sense of what I can only call the tragedy of human finitude, alluding often to Fr. Karl Rahner’s rem...
Not that I Want to Spoil Anyone’s Easter, But …

Not that I Want to Spoil Anyone’s Easter, But …

Christianity, conflict, critical judgment, Easter, faith, Freud, God, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Week, Lent/Ash Wednesday, Literature, parable, paradox, reflection, Scripture, Skeptic, Uncategorized, violence
… you can’t say you weren’t warned. I will only say two things at the outset in my defense: (1) being Skeptic-In-Residence, like being a member of SEAL Team 6, makes it impossible to always sing Kumbaya and  "play nice with others," founding Skeptics John the Baptist and Jesus having set the precedent by calling people, respectively, “Generation of snakes” and “Sons of your father, the Devil”; and (2) crucial parts of this column are phrased, not as declarative sentences, but as questions, i.e., as issues to be ruminated upon without necessarily being resolved … and therefore, not as diktats, but as invitations to reflection on the part of religious believers. So with that in mind … The God of the Hebrew Bible is said to have had a sporadically violent temper, so much so that var...