The Glory in Front of Us

One mark of modernity is dichotomy.  The world was split asunder when the material and the spiritual were thought, one to be here, and the other, out there…somewhere.  From theological and philosophical moves made in the 14th Century, a two-story universe was constructed.  From thereafter, faith and reason, science and religion, the natural and supernatural, […]

Turning Sideways

Eric Elnes writes in his book, Gifts of the Dark Wood (see here), about “an ancient sacred well in Ireland where Saint Patrick is said to have visited.”  Coming from my funda-gelical background, the idea of “sacred” spaces or geographical locations smacks of superstition.  Of course, I’m not superstitious, but I am a little “stitious” […]

The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Philosopher/theologian and organic farmer Michael Martin writes: “In the Gnostic myth, Sophia suffers in captivity (in matter, the world) awaiting her release and redemption by the soul awakened in Christ. Our own agapeic attention to creation, to the arts, to liturgy, scripture, and so forth likewise awakens Sophia and simultaneously makes present the Parousia (certainly […]

To Leave or Not to Leave—That is the Question

I think I’ve mentioned before I don’t think everyone is “led,” “called”— (not sure what word…?), to leave the FG world.  And depending upon one’s history, it may not even be possible to leave that world completely.  In some ways it may be like being raised in the South but then relocating at some point […]

Innocence and Wisdom

Regarding my recent post (Jan 6) about modernity, wisdom, and innocence, some further reflection.  We have two small statues of fairies along the pathway to our front door, hidden slightly, in the bushes lining the pathway.  I once told our oldest grandchild that at night, the two statutes come alive and fly around our house […]

Hypocrisy 101

I wondered how long it would take and it didn’t take long.  Jeff Iorg is the president of Gateway Seminary, my alma mater.  It is a Southern Baptist, evangelical school.  In a recent blog post, after watching the Golden Globe ceremonies and Oprah Winfrey’s speech, he wrote: “…But while Oprah is calling for moral leadership […]