Dragonseed

"But," said Lewis, "myths are lies, even though lies breathed through silver." "No," said Tolkien, "they are not." An excerpt from J.R.R. Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia": The heart of man is not compound of lies, but draws some wisdom from the only Wise, and still recalls Him. Though now long estranged, Man is not wholly lost nor …

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Human connection

Something magical happens when two human beings truly meet. Even though we run into people all the time, the quality of the meetings differs greatly. The spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, in a talk I listened to, described the special connection that happens when two kindred spirits meet. These are the moments of falling in love, …

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Sahara

On December 14, 2014, I defended my doctoral dissertation in Leiden, Netherlands. That morning, before going to face the 'opposition' committee, I wrote out some reflections on the perspective I gained while soaring at 35,000 feet over the Sahara Desert. Flying over the Sahara has long held a very special place in my heart. The …

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Bibleless Christianity

November 4, 2014: The question of a Bible-less Christianity is bearing down on me this morning. Is it possible? Is it desirable? Is it part of God's long-term plan? For me this issue has to do with the difference between a 'biblical worldview' and a 'cosmic worldview' (as sketched by current theories in physics, biology, …

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Bone collectors

When one is inculcated with a biblical worldview, the first few chapters of Genesis provide the bedrock foundation. Genesis 1 describes the beginning of Creation, and then all of cosmic history unfolds between there and the last chapter of Revelation. When the biblical worldview was no longer working for me, I felt the need to …

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