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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Hell and the Devil

"Good is good only because there is evil, and God is God because there is a devil." - Paul Carus February 14, 2017 (Nairobi): On our taxi ride to church, the girls were asking about people going to Hell. I realized I don't know what I believe about hell and consequently don't know what to …

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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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In quantum love

January 21, 2016 (Kampala): Last night we had dinner at Cafe Roma's with G and her friend B. At one point, B was telling us about the Christian books she and G read together. Then she self-consciously and insecurely made the caveat that even though these books aren't 'Bible studies', they are still 'based on …

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New wineskins

January 2, 2016 (Timu): A couple of nights ago I was praying for G.D. who is having health problems, that by some means he would come to a saving knowledge of God. I forgot exactly what heretical thing I said, but Amber looked up at me in surprise.... But it has stayed with me. The …

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Religion of evolution

June 12, 2015: Teilhard de Chardin shows me the cause I am to help push forward: "A Religion of Evolution: that, when all is said and done, is what Man needs ever more explicitly if he is to survive and 'super-live', as soon as he becomes conscious of his power to ultrahominize himself and of …

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War

An ex-Army Ranger once told me: "You're a wartime general in a peacetime army." I feel less like a general and more like a lower-ranking soldier, but his statement resonates with me. It's true: I feel like a highly-trained commando who did a few tours, got wounded in combat, and is now recovering back at …

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