Universal acid

October 14, 2017 (Tallahassee): Last Sunday, while Amber was at work, I took the girls to church. I think I did it for their sake and because it's free babysitting. I won't do that again, though...After the sermon, we had Communion. The thought crossed my mind as to whether I should participate. But I went …

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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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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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Heraclitus

December 29, 2016 (Nairobi, Kenya): I started reading Dennis Sweet's translation and analysis of Heraclitus. Heraclitus is the beginning for me; he is the originator of the philosophical usage of the term λóγος, and for that reason, I must start with him. First, a taste of Heraclitus's actual writings: "Of this eternally existing logos people …

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Crack the code

December 23, 2016 (Kampala): Essentially, what I want to do is 'crack the code' of the cosmos. Although I have no doubt that there is a quantitative correlate to the code, what I am after is the qualitative. Since I am not a mathematical thinker, I shall approach the problem as a grammatical thinker. I …

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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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Linguistic cosmology

August 11, 2016 (Kampala): Let me try to express - at this moment just prior to our departure from East Africa - what I now envision as the next permutation of the my life's work: Ultimately, I want to help, to do my unique part in 'building the Kingdom of God', 'bringing heaven to earth' …

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Body of God

July 19, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Sallie McFague's book The Body of God: An Ecological Theology...It's an amazing book; I keep asking myself why I waited so long to read it! She is presenting an 'organic' model of God-in-the-World, a theological cosmology that centers on bodies and embodiment. She's preaching to the choir as …

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The Keymaker

July 13, 2016 (Kampala): Reading Bellah's book on the evolution of religion has my mind swirling. He's discussing the appearance first of mimetic culture among our ancestors, followed by mythic culture and the 'drive for conceptual clarification' which may have, in part, fueled the emergence of fully human language. The connections being made in my …

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Perspicacity in pain

The following journal entry from Uganda on June 26, 2016, recounts an episode I had of severe gut pain. In retrospect, the experience makes three things clear: 1) after years of high chronic stress, my immune system was weak and my resultant bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) were getting more frequent and more severe, …

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