Tag: Rudolf Otto

The World As Dew

The World As Dew

Abrahamic Traditions, Archetypes, Atheism, awareness, Buddhism, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, community, Compassion, Creation, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Ecology, empathy, Environment, Epiphany, faith, God, Hawaii, Holy Mystery, kindness, Letting go, Longing, Love, Madame Pele, mindfulness, monotheism, multiculturalism, Myth, Mythology, Nature, Randomness, Rationality, Religion, Secularity, Uncategorized, volcanos
The world of dew Is the world of dew. And yet, and yet -- -- Kobayashi Issa I am convinced that certain geographical areas “prefer” certain religious traditions. In certain areas of the Nation – I will concentrate on the US, though I think analogous remarks apply elsewhere – climate, topography, and history conspire to render the spiritual climate favorable to what I will call “rule-based” or “command-based” traditions that emphasize a Deity Who stands outside human history, but occasionally intervenes to formulate rules of conduct and to issue commands.  Members of these traditions tend to speak in terms of God being “in control” and in political metaphors of monarchical sovereignty.  It is quite common, also, especially in the American tradition of conservative evangelical Prot
Taking the Vows of a "None"

Taking the Vows of a "None"

"Life" Issues, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, C. S. Lewis, Change, critical judgment, culture, Ecumenism, faith, faithfulness, Healing, Holy Mystery, Human Condition, Ideology, journey, meditation, monotheism, Mystery, paradox, peace, Religion, Renewal, Spirituality, Tolerance, vipassana, wonder
I keep reading and hearing about the results of polls like the ones from Gallup and Berkeley to the effect that the fastest-growing group of "religious" people are people who respond "None" on surveys of religious attitudes. At first, I was encouraged by this. I figured any development that indicates people are coming to believe that this life and rationality are sufficient to imbue human existence with purpose, meaning, and value, and that consequently people are increasingly open to discovering other sources, alternate sources, non-theistic sources, of what we might generically call "Transcendence", would be an overall benefit to the human species. All I ask is that ample allowance be made for people who wish to remain conventionally, monotheistically religious – which, at this point, se