‘nough said

An anonymous blogger who calls himself "a peasant"  quoted my If... post in full yesterday on his blog Nuf Sed, and then added this gem of his own commentary: I found working through these questions to be a valuable exercise today. And it’s an exercise very much like this that is leading me these days. Not setting myself up as a mystic, mind you. Too high range for me. And even if God gave me the grace of God’s Presence…I sure wouldn’t call myself a mystic! How awkward! ‘Mystic’ is a word that on … [Read more...]

New Testament Mysticism

Here's a website that looks tasty:The Society of Biblical Literature's New Testament Mysticism Project Seminar.As the website puts it, The New Testament Mysticism Project Seminar (NTMPS) was organized under the auspices of the Society of Biblical Literature to facilitate the study of early Jewish and Christian mystical traditions in the New Testament writings. The NTMPS understands early Jewish and Christian mysticism as a tradition located within formative Judaism and Christianity, a … [Read more...]


If right here and right now, you were a fully blossomed mystic — I mean of the same caliber as Julian of Norwich or John of the Cross — how would your life be different?What would your day look like?How would you be spending (or investing) your money?How much time would you spend each day in prayer? In lectio divina? In works of mercy? In our postmodern/western equivalent to "chop wood, carry water" — i.e., cleaning the laundry and doing the dishes?Would you be a member of the same churc … [Read more...]

15 Marks of a Faith Community

Yesterday while driving to work I began to think about what kinds of qualities would really make a Christian faith community exciting. This should be replicable at all sizes or types of community: from the small Julian Meeting I participate in (which often only has four people show up) all the way up to a megachurch. I don't know if the community exists that has all 15 of these marks: but if it did, I'd want to be involved.Granted, the Catholic magisterium is not about to start listening to my … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

At some point in each of our searchings, I believe it is necessary to become "located" within some valid spiritual tradition. It is of course neither desirable nor necessary to so solidly identify oneself with a tradition that blind allegiance and particularity are courted. Location is decidedly different from identification. In location within a tradition that has been tested and tempered by history, one can cease the furtive skimming of the surface of things and begin to go deep. Here it is … [Read more...]

My “Golden Compass” Daemon

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“A Brief History of Everything” through Evening at Emory

Here's my next class through Evening at Emory:A Brief History of Everything Five Wednesday Evenings, February 6-March 7, 2008 7 - 9 PM American philosopher Ken Wilber writes books that combine eastern and western spirituality, psychology, biology, cultural theory, and other strands of contemporary thought to create what the author calls "integral theory." Wilber seeks to bridge the divide between science and religion, explain the dynamics of human consciousness and moral development, and … [Read more...]