Mysticism (etc.) on LibriVox

I have just learned of a wonderful website called LibriVox where volunteers are recording free MP3 audiobooks of texts in the public domain. Someone is currently recording Julian of Norwich (it's a guy, alas; I hope a woman will record it at some point in the future) and two of Evelyn Underhill's books are available in MP3 format as well: Mysticism and The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-Day. I haven't searched any further to see what other treasures are currently available (the Underhill … [Read more...]

Father’s/Birth Day

Today is my dad's 85th birthday. When a man is born in the middle of June, he gets to celebrate father's day and his birthday simultaneously every so often. For dad, this year was one of those years.Fran and Rhiannon and I drove out to Athens to spend the day with Dad; we took him out to eat to his favorite Chinese restaurant and drove around Athens, throwing gas-is-expensive caution to the wind and enjoying a good old fashioned Sunday drive. Then we went back to his home for his favorite … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Which “John” wrote the fourth Gospel?

A friend of mine (who has asked to remain anonymous) has written a piece speculating on the identity of the author of the Gospel of John, and has asked me to post it here in the hopes that some of my readers might have some thoughts in response to it. If you would like to respond to this, please leave a comment here. Which “John” wrote the fourth Gospel?Which “John” wrote the fourth Gospel?John, the son of Zebedee, of Galilee? John, the author of the Book of Revelation? A third “John”, men … [Read more...]

Emerging Church Reading List

If you'd like a few pointers on books to read about the emerging church/emergent/emerging conversation (this theologial trend has multiple buzzwords, all of which have a slightly different meaning but in general refer to how Christianity is encountering Postmodernity), visit this blogpost on the Emerging Church: Top 5 Books for American Reporters. Actually more than five books are listed, and links are provided to several other interesting book lists. I agree with Becky Garrison (who forwarded … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis on Mysticism

I haven't (yet) read C.S. Lewis' final book, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. But after reading this blog post on Lewis' perspective on mysticism, that book (or at least a part of it) has soared to near the top of my to-read list. … [Read more...]

A New Look for Paganism

One of my books — The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism — has a new cover. It's very pretty (and I can say that, since I had nothing to do with designing it!) … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

God never grants mystical wisdom without love. — St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul … [Read more...]