Monday, June 1
Shadow

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Toward Becoming “Un-Lapsed”

Toward Becoming “Un-Lapsed”

Abrahamic Traditions, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, C. S. Lewis, Challenge, Change, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, critical judgment, culture, efficient cause, Epiphany, Evangelicalism, Fascism, Fundamentalism, God, Grace, Holy Mystery, Ideology, instrumental cause, mindfulness, monotheism, Mystery, Myth, Numinous, Religion, Religious War, Scripture, The Divine, Theology, Uncategorized
For the past … I dunno … dozen-plus years, I have been what polite people would call a “lapsed Catholic”. I say this even though I met the Catholic Church at a time of spiritual shipwreck / accedie – what some call the “noonday demon” -- and that the Church gave me a vision of humans in community with the Divine that I never found, either as a fundamentalist, or as a non-fundamentalist but still conservative-evangelical, Christian. It may be that the Catholic Church saved my life. To this day, the issues I have are not only or even primarily with the Catholic Church – I mean, who among us with a non-flat-line EEG does not have issues with the Church? – but primarily with that Church’s God. (Or as I usually express it these days, “Gawd”.) But that latter is another rant for another time...
Building Triangular Gods

Building Triangular Gods

Christianity, Church, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Enlightenment, Ethics, Evangelicalism, faith, Fundamentalism, God, higher criticism, Ideology, Jung, Literature, Mystery, Myth, Mythology, Rationality, Religion, Religious War, Secularity, spiritual growth, Theodicy, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
A little over a week ago, as this is written (28 October 2016), I published a “Skeptic’s Collection” column in which I adopted a rather “contrarian” view of three well-known texts in the Bible:  Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac (the Akedah), the Annunciation, and the Crucifixion.  As I said at the time, though without using this analogy, all three narratives have a kind of Jungian “shadow” side, i.e., morally and psychologically dubious aspects that most Christians are careful to avoid thinking about, but that, in the name of simple intellectual integrity, deserve to be acknowledged and foregrounded, even on a cursory reading.  There are several ways of dealing with this textual “shadow,” one of which is asserting that, since God gave human beings intelligence and a rational faculty, ...

The true history of indigenous peoples . . .

injustice, Joy, social justice, writing
The Wiyot lived in the Humboldt Bay area of Northern California and they live in my dreams. For about a year-and-half we made our home in Humboldt County, an area about 200 miles north of San Francisco on the far North Coast. It's a place dense with redwood forests, wild rivers, and creeks that run dry in the summer and overflow in the winter. If you live in a rural area or grew up in one, you might take such things for granted. Having lived in paved-over cities all my life, they seemed magical to me. Our four acres were rich with sequoia, madrone, oak, and twenty-eight fruit trees. Blue jays flew in to feed in the morning. Quail families visited at night. They marched down our drive in orderly formation. Hawks and hummingbirds put on air shows. Rosemary thrived unattended. There wa...