Tag: Theology

Daily Practice 2017.09.19 – What are you sure of today?

Daily Practice 2017.09.19 – What are you sure of today?

Meditation Today (and until September 30th), I will be sharing from our sibling publication, The BeZine (https://thebezine.com). Our issue this month is a pre-quel to our big event, 100,000 Poets for Change - a worldwide event of local poets and artists coming together to share their creations on peace, sustainability, and social justice. We will be holding a virtual event at The BeZine. You can read more about it here: https://beguineagain.com/100000-poets-for-change/ Today, I'm sharing a poem from my friend, Jamie Dedes. The title is gods of our making. It makes me think that perhaps we give our work to God expecting a magical fix and forget that we are highly capable creatures. The fault, I think, lays at the feet of many theologies that think that God will take care of us no matter
Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Christian Church, Christianity, conservatism, Consitution, Ideology, Politics, Reformation, Religion, Scripture, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance
OK ... 'fess-up time! I'm sure this will not make anyone choke on their beer and pork rinds, least of all anyone who even superficially knows me, but ... well ... here goes ... I don't understand the religious right. OK ... that's it ... I don't understand the religious right. Four master's degrees, adjunct faculty (once upon a time) at 2 universities, published criticism of the poetry and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins in some fashionably obscure postmodernist academic journals ... visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, 1988 ... so I’m good at understanding stuff. But I don't understand the religious right ... Why? Well ... OK ... here's the thing, or at least a Reader's Digest condensed version thereof. The religious right comprises Protestant denominations that, whatever their
Inspiration in Theology

Inspiration in Theology

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Theology is made up of two words – theos and logos. So strictly speaking, it is “words about God.” And I would venture that theology is foundation to our faith. What we think about God comes before our particular praxis. I understand this by looking at two of the extreme positions in religion – that of the divine being a totally hands-off kind of God (historically, the divine watchmaker-God sets things into motion and just watches it tick, tick, tick away) or that of being a total involved kind of God (like a puppetmaster). The watchmaker God allows us to have complete and full freedom to make our choices while being totally uninvolved in our daily living. All religions have their flavor of this type of God. In this flavor, the human/divine relationship is one of worshipping an uninvolved