Shedding symbologies

August 23, 2017 (Tallahassee): Experience is Reality reflected in human consciousness. Before humans, Reality was Reality, but pre-consciously reflected in pre-human cognition. Experience is the fountainhead supplying our human propensity to make myths and worlds: symbolic interpretations of experience. Experience is universal, while interpretations of it are not. If we took one mentally healthy person …

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Russian doll of religion

March 14, 2017 (Nairobi): In Judaism, Yahweh was the god of a single ethnic group: the Hebrews. God's promise to them was Canaan, a physical place, and their 'heaven' was to be a kingdom set up on this earth, in Israel. And their holy book was the Torah, and their holy men were Abraham, Moses, …

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Human manifesto

March 13, 2017 (Nairobi): The question has come up recently as to whether I am still a Christian or not. Well, if being a 'Christian' means that I believe that: Jesus Christ was the sole and final human embodiment of God, born of a virgin, who lived divinely without sin or error of any kind, …

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Thrice-born

March 10, 2017 (Nairobi): Recently, in trying to settle in my own mind whether I am still a 'Christian' or not, what I realized is that I don't want to be labeled as anything essentially, because a label is just a temporary stopover in the course of evolution. The thing I want to be, the …

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Great Tree

March 8, 2017 (Nairobi): Last week when I was trying to explain my metamorphosis to [someone], I had a vision, a parable of my life. It went something like this: Christianity is like a great religious tree that grew up from the seed of Jesus's life and teachings in the soil of Judaism in the …

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The Johannine equation

September 16, 2016 (Kampala): The last couple of days I've been reading a lot about the λóγος from articles I've downloaded from the internet. A picture is forming in my mind. It looks like the usage of λóγος in John's prologue is not immediately clarified by looking at the normal, non-philosophical uses of the root …

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Faith in the future

August 6, 2016 (Kampala): I finished reading Thomas Kuhn's famous book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions...parts of which I had read ten years ago in Dallas. This go-around, I mostly read it in terms of the 'revolution' I see myself as being a part of. For a few hundred years, non-Catholic Christianity has been doing …

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Cosmic properties

May 25, 2016 (Kampala): The beliefs and experiences we assume to be the province of Christianity do not, in fact, belong to Christianity alone: The inspiration of texts that we attribute solely to the Bible is not a property of the Bible alone. It is a property of the Cosmos. The joy, peace, hope, and …

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Cosmic supertext

April 19, 2016 (Kampala): I'm reading a little this morning about Copernicus and the letter he wrote to the Pope explaining his revolutionary idea that the earth moves. While studying astronomy, he noticed something was 'off', and it bothered him. Up till then, astronomers had held widely varying and often conflicting views on the basics …

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Easter

Marcy 27, 2016 (Kampala): Today is Easter. The girls are excited about church and wearing their new dresses. I am reflecting on how I feel. I remember one Easter (1999), when I was attending a new church. In the pastor's presentation of Jesus, I was deeply moved. No doubt experiences like that, with all the …

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