Wednesday, April 21

Holy Week

Mortality, Melatonin, And Mystery

Mortality, Melatonin, And Mystery

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, Archetypes, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, Challenge, Change, Character of God, Christianity, Church, Compassion, contemplation, Cosmology, Creation, critical judgment, culture, doubt, Enlightenment, Epiphany, faith, faithfulness, Four Quartets, God, Holy Mystery, Holy Week, Hope, Ideology, inner peace, Longing, Love, mindfulness, Numinous, Rationality, relationships, Religion, Secularity, Skeptic, The Divine, Uncategorized, Waiting, Wholeness
As someone who is moving into the outer fringes of what we may reasonably call “old age” – I will be 70 on 5 April 2019 – I have already learned some valuable lessons, all of which will apply to some and some of which will apply to all. For whatever it may be worth, the following is what I have learned so far. Pick and choose the lessons that are relevant to you. o Old age need not advance gradually With me, I began to move into the exurbs of old age in a single week, perhaps even a briefer time than that. In late August of 2012, I was returning from a 3-week trip to Wichita, KS, to see relatives, what few I have left in my family of origin.  I was jammed into the back seat, just forward of the tailcone, of a small Embraer jet on a flight to Denver to make connections ...
“A Local Habitation And A Name” — Poetry, Memory, And Biography

“A Local Habitation And A Name” — Poetry, Memory, And Biography

"Life" Issues, Albert Camus, Archetypes, Atheism, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, courage, critical judgment, culture, Epiphany, faith, Four Quartets, God, Holy Mystery, Holy Week, Human Condition, Julian of Norwich, prayer, Uncategorized
Prof. Molly Worthen’s recent reflection on the paucity of emphasis on memorizing poetry resonated with me very strongly, though for reasons she did not account for in her recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. Based on my own experience spanning an academic lifetime, I would suggest a different approach that could render memorizing poetry more relevant and even more pleasurable. My methodology is very simple and straightforward to describe and, perhaps for that reason, quite effective:  instead of emphasizing rote memorization of poetry, instill a love of the text itself. Learn to love Hamlet, love it to the point that you read it over and over again during a lifetime, and memorizing the great soliloquy will most likely take care of itself. Above all, learn to reflect on your life e...
Preaching Repentance To God:  The Gospel In Reverse

Preaching Repentance To God: The Gospel In Reverse

anger, Archetype, Child Abuse, Christianity, Church, conflict, Creator, Easter, entering into suffering, faith, forgiveness, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Week, injustice, Jung, Lent/Ash Wednesday, Mystery, Myth, parable, Psychoanalysis, Religion, The Divine, Theodicy, Theology, Uncategorized, violence
Back in late March, just before Easter, I published a “Skeptic’s Collection” column in which I posed the following question that generated quite a bit of (civil, moderate, thoughtful, and sophisticated) reaction on the part of my readers, to wit: The Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the full Incarnation of the God of the Hebrew Bible (Col. 2:9) logically entails the consequence that, in addition to being a Baby in a manger and a Man Who loves playing with little kids, Jesus Christ, as God’s full Incarnation (Heb. 1:3), necessarily means that the Person of Jesus also incorporates the Hebrew God’s tendencies toward vindictiveness, violence, vanity, and abusiveness. If we take the latter seriously as actual attributes of God qua God and not as mere human projections, then we al...