The Atheists’ Gift to Christmas

An interesting column: a Rabbi reflects on atheists who are unhappy with public nativity scenes. Thoughtful and compassionate in its tone, and well worth reading: The Atheists' Gift to Christmas.  … [Read more...]

Our Three Cats

Here is a picture of our three cats that Fran took the other evening. From left: Ferbie, Margery, and Clarissa. … [Read more...]

Is God dead? Or perhaps just hiding?

Today I had an unexpected treat — theologian Thomas J. J. Altizer, renowned (some would say notorious) in the 1960s because of his association with the "Death of God" controversy, visited the monastery and stopped by the Abbey Store. Although I can't claim to be that well read in regard to his work, I do have a sense that his notion of "Christian atheism" may have many points of connection with my notion of "holy agnosis" and, of course, the apophatic tradition within Christian mysticism. A … [Read more...]

Carl’s and Fran’s Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for 2011

Here is a list of books for you to consider for the folks on your Nice List this holiday season. These are all books that either I, or in a few my cases my wife, have read over the past year and feel are worthy of our endorsement. Some of these are new books, and some are old; most are Christian, although a few are not; and most are "spiritual" although again, a few might not appear that way — on the surface. But they are all great reads and well worth your attention. As always, a click on the t … [Read more...]

Taste of Faith

This is a wonderful event — so if you're in the Atlanta area, I encourage you to come out for this one. … [Read more...]

It is a glorious destiny…

It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes: yet, with all that, God Himself gloried in becoming a member of the human race. ... As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people they are all walking around shining like the sun. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes: yet, with all that, God Himself gloried in becoming a member of the human race. ... As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people they are all walking around shining like the sun. … [Read more...]


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