Friday, December 4

Tag: Angels

God As Trump … And Vice Versa — Part 1

God As Trump … And Vice Versa — Part 1

Archetypes, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Change, Christianity, Church, citizenship, civics, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, doubt, election year, Enlightenment, Evangelicalism, Fascism, First Amendment, Fundamentalism, God, Human Condition, humor, Ideology, image of God, Isaiah, monotheism, Myth, Mythology, Nihilism, Presidency, progressive politics, Rationality, Religion, Secularity, theocracy, Theology, Trump, Uncategorized
It occurs to me that, despite the time and effort I have expended over the years of writing this column ranting against monotheistic religion, I have never actually published anything summarizing in a single column my objections to monotheism, and why monotheistic religion is fundamentally incompatible with any classically liberal, constitutional, Enlightenment-founded, latitudinarian, pluralistic, rights-centric socio-political order. Now, by the term “monotheistic religion” I understand any system of religious belief which (a) envisions the world as the product of the creative activity of a single Deity Who is (b) possessed of a strong moral bias in favor of certain kinds of conduct and against certain other kinds, and Who (c) is willing to intervene in human history to enforce th...

What would you do? – Prayerful Tuesday

Advent, Blessings, Christ Child, Christianity, doubt, faithfulness, Fear, Gospel of Luke, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, Hope, Imagination, Joy, listen, Love, Luke, Mystery, prayer, praying with art, Quote, Religion, Scripture, Shepherds, spirit, spiritual practice, Uncategorized, Visio Divina
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,* praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’* Luke 2:13-14 God speaks to us in many ways–through relationships, our experiences, sacred texts such as the Bible and many more. Like Lectio Divina, Latin for divine reading, Visio Divina is Latin for divine seeing, praying with images to listen to God’s words. Think of Visio Divina as if you were putting on God-glasses to see how an image illuminates the Christ within you. Visio Divina has four steps: Use the above painting by a Dutch artist Nicolaes Berchem painted around 1650, titled Annunciation to the Shepherds. Look slowly and carefully at the painting, taking a first glance noting the color...