Monday, June 14

Tag: Religion

Night Thoughts on Dumbing Down and Shutting Up

Night Thoughts on Dumbing Down and Shutting Up

critical judgment, doubt, Ethics, extraterrestrial intelligences, Milky Way, Mystery, Mythology, Religion, Science, SETI, Skeptic, Spirituality
I am subject to occasional periods of insomnia, when I wake up at around 2 a.m., bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and cannot get back to sleep no matter how much I toss and turn. I can be subject to strange, brooding thoughts during such staring-at-the-ceiling marathons. About a week-plus ago as this is written (1 May), I went through a few days of such insomnia. (One too many Starbucks "flat whites," I think.) My nocturnal ruminations turned to the subject of Fermi’s Paradox. I have written of Fermi’s Paradox elsewhere, and still find it both intriguing and perplexing. The great pioneer of nuclear physics and energy, Enrico Fermi, once asked the following question: if there are, as is often argued, perhaps 100 billion stars in our Galaxy, and if even a small fraction of those stars support i...
Part 2 — The Great Divide — St. Augustine to the Beginning of the Enlightenment

Part 2 — The Great Divide — St. Augustine to the Beginning of the Enlightenment

autonomy, Christian Church, Christianity, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Education, Enlightenment, mind, Mythology, Nature, Politics, Reformation, Religion, Religious War, Science, Scripture, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance, war
*************************************************************************** To continue the conversation, go to the "Great Divide" discussion group. *************************************************************************** St. Augustine St. Augustine’s theology shaped, not only the early Church’s theology, but also the overall conception of the ideal social order and the ideal government. To understand both, it is crucial to understand that the world of the eastern Mediterranean into which St. Augustine was born in the fourth century CE, and into which he matured, was deeply and powerfully influenced by the prevailing philosophy of neo-Platonism, i.e. classical Platonism translated into the idiom of Christian theology.  The meaning of that "i.e." qualification -- in what sense neo-...

Marcus Borg & Gratitude for our Mentors—Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Challenge, Change, Creation, Creator, curiosity, Discernment, doubt, Education, faithfulness, Friendship, gift, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Holy Mystery, Hope, humor, in memory of, inner peace, journey, Joy, listen, Mystery, Nature, peace, prayer, Sacred Writing, Scripture, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Thanks, Thanksgiving, Theology, Uncategorized
This last week I heard of the passing of Marcus Borg. I was sadden not just at his passing but because I have learned so much from his writings. I will miss reading his words and having them open up my understanding of Jesus as both human and Divine.  Marcus Borg’s writings were instrumental in changing how I came to look at Jesus, the apostles, and the first century Christians.  He made me think and doubt what I have always believed to be true and to take that doubt and turn it on its head by searching for answers and being comfortable with finding only more questions. Because of Marcus Borg I began to read scripture, questioning the standard interpretations, searching for what the words printed in the Bible meant to those they were written to, the first century believers in Jesus.  Bo...