Saturday, July 24

Tag: St. Augustine

What The “Fork” Is “The Good Place” About?

What The “Fork” Is “The Good Place” About?

Every so often, a TV series proves to be a “sleeper,” not only in terms of its unexpected popularity, but also in terms of its ability to conceal profound philosophical, even theological, principles, under an unprepossessing but deceptive superficiality. Such a series is, and has been for the last four years, The Good Place. My wife and I started watching The Good Place in season one, and I initially was put off by its apparent – but, as it turned out, its only apparent – cotton-candy-lighthearted take on the afterlife and the various accompanying ethical and metaphysical problems. The Good Place is now in its final season, the writers and producers having taken to heart Aristotle’s common-sense rule that any narrative must have a Beginning, a Middle, and an End. Between the first sea...
Part 1 — The Great Divide — A Look Ahead

Part 1 — The Great Divide — A Look Ahead

Consitution, Enlightenment, Reformation, Religious War, Spirituality, Tolerance
The following is a road map, a look ahead at where we are going in coming weeks.  Succeeding posts will expand on each of the boldface subheadiings by placing a kind of magnifying glass on St. Augustine, the Enlightenment, etc., concluding with the Constitution itself and the First Amendment. ******************************************************************************** But first a personal note: Several years before I retired after 30+ years with the Boeing Company, I saw the 1993 movie Gettysburg, the version with Jeff Daniels as Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Martin Sheen as Gen. Robert E. Lee, Tom Berenger as Gen. Longstreet, etc. (It is one of the best Civil War movies ever made, perhaps the best ever. Run-don't-walk and see it if you haven't.) At the end of the movie, I was a...

Don’t Leave the Bread on the Table!

Christianity, Post-a-Day, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
Matthew 26:14-29 There is so much going on today.  We have Palm Sunday, the beginning of Passion Week, the revelation of the betrayer of Jesus, and the institution of the Lord’s Supper.  For a few panicked moments earlier in the week, I was trying to discern how to put all of that together into one meaningful sermon.  I soon realized that was crazy!  I listened to where God was speaking to me, and it was and is in the institution of the Lord’s Supper.  In the midst of this Lenten madness, the joy of the Palms and travelling quickly to betrayal and death, we have the institution of Communion.  Communion, for me, is one of the most important rituals that I participate in.  It has brought healing to me and to my family.  When I was a young person, my family did not attend church.  For mos...