More Adventures in Interfaith Spirituality

Here's a blog that looks promising: Quaker Pagan Reflections by Peter and Cat Chapin-Bishop. I think the title says it all... … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

'With Jesus human and divine nature began to be woven together, so that by fellowship with divinity human nature might become divine, not only in Jesus Himself, but also in all those who believe and embrace the life which Jesus taught, the life which leads everyone who lives according to His commandments to friendship with God and fellowship with him.' — Origen as quoted in Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly … [Read more...]

Ozzfest Gospel

In 2001 I went to see Ozzfest when it rolled into Atlanta. No, I'm not a metalhead; I had free tickets because a friend of mine was dating a roadie who worked for the band Slipknot. So I got to go see bands like Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Mudvayne, and numerous others, and also got to hang out backstage with some of the musicians.It was bonecrunchingly loud. I wore ear plugs most of the day and it still made my ears hurt. But there the kids were, sweating in their … [Read more...]

The Integral Vision

The Integral Vision: A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and EverythingBy Ken WilberBoston: Shambhala Publications, 2007Review by Carl McColmanIn Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, young Harry encounters the Mirror of Erised, a magical object that reveals the deepest desire of a person's heart. Harry's mentor, Albus Dumbledore, points out that "The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal … [Read more...]

Decatur Books

Attention all metro Atlanta folks:The Decatur Book Festival is coming up on Labor Day Weekend, featuring folks like Roy Blount Jr., Terry Brooks, Charles Frazier, Kinky Friedman and Natasha Tretheway — over 200 authors will be there. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Antiquarian Book Fair will take place simultaneously at the Decatur Conference Center. If you love antiquarian books as much as I do, you'd better hide your credit cards before you dare to go in there.See you there! … [Read more...]

Two Zen Sayings

I was corresponding with a person online about belief and disbelief, and I saw fit to quote my two favorite zen sayings. I read these years ago, and couldn't cite the source if you held a gun to my head. So with my apologies to whomever said these first (or first wrote them down in English), here are my favorite windows into zenspace: Three things are required for zen: great faith, great doubt, and great perseverance. Quit trying. Quit trying not to try. Quit quitting. … [Read more...]

They’ve only got one good jump in them.

If you're a Harry Potter fan you will likely find this amusing: Chocolate Frog, a filk song from my Celtic-minstrel friends, Emerald Rose. … [Read more...]