Concerning Myth and Miracles

One of the fun things about blogging is the fact that I'm always getting in trouble, one way or the other.Here's my latest infraction — on Thursday when I wrote about the Annunciation, I dared to say "Whether the Annunciation be a miracle or a myth, it’s a powerful story that is well worth our consideration." This was too much for a reader named Andy who commented: I’ve been following your blog with interest for a few weeks now, but I suppose I finally see I’m just in the wrong place when you f … [Read more...]

The Epistemology of Post-Fundamentalism

A friend of mine, formerly a devout Christian who is now an atheist (and, unfortunately, a rather bitter and cynical one at that), wrote this to me recently: I got into religion as a literal believer, and I became disappointed when I discovered that I was repeatedly lied to (the earth is not 6000 years old, for instance, and now I suspect that Jesus is not God in the flesh, any more than anyone else is anyway). Sigh.I understand his feeling of being lied to. But I am reminded of Meister … [Read more...]

Genesis/Galatians

One of my favorite coyotes, Phil Foster, has challenged me thusly: Quick, Carl - a blog entry on the relationship of Christianity, agnosis and sexuality. Begin with Song of Songs. Or, to paraphrase Genesis, male and female - and God saw that it was good. My first thought is that this big topic could go in all sorts of directions. … [Read more...]

Holy Agnosis

Something that I keep mulling over is the relationship between gnosticism and agnosticism and how both of these categories relate to contemporary Christian mysticism and Christian spiritual practice.We know that Gnosticism was the first great Christian "heresy." But we also know that early mystics like Clement of Alexandria and Origen spoke of a holy gnosis as an essential part of the Christian experience. In our day, Christian wisdom teachers like Cynthia Bourgeault and the late Valentin … [Read more...]


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