Pandora, Ken Wilber, and William Blake

Ali at Meadowsweet & Myrrh has written a thoughtful and perceptive post in response to my review of Avatar that unfolds out into her own nuanced review of the movie. I would commend this to anyone who reads my blog. Here are my admittedly rambling and random thoughts in response to her articulate writing. Hopefully these thoughts, disjointed as they might be, can stimulate even further reflection and conversation for those who choose to read them. … [Read more...]

Stay Tuned…

Ali at Meadowsweet & Myrrh has written a thoughtful and perceptive response/critique to my review of Avatar that unfolds out into her own nuanced review of the movie. I would commend this to anyone who reads my blog. I don't have time this morning to write a response to her thoughts (my car is in the shop and I need to pick it up before I go to work), but I'll do so either tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here are three quotations that might give you a hint as to where my … [Read more...]

Register now for Evening at Emory Spring 2010

Online registration is now open for Evening at Emory's Spring 2010 classes. I'm teaching the following classes:A Brief History of Everything 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...]

Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

Ken Wilber describes a significant malaise of our time as "boomeritis." What he means by this is the tendency among highly educated and self-actualized persons (as typified by the baby boomer generation) to embrace values that include pluralism, egalitarianism, subjective/personal understandings of truth, and a general "live and let live" ethos, but that often appears marred by egocentrism, narcissism, and self-absorption. In other words, a laudable value system that promotes freedom of … [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...]

Register now for the February Ken Wilber Course

The class I will be teaching on Ken Wilber's A Brief History of Everything is now listed online at Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning. If you register early, you can save $10 on the course fee. (I don't know when early registration ends, but as of this writing it's still going on). If you're new to Ken Wilber or just want a communal setting for exploring Wilber's ideas as presented in one of his most accessible books, this is a wonderful class. Evening at Emory always attracts a … [Read more...]

Theology and Mysticism

Once upon a time, there was no difference between theology and mysticism, just like there was no difference between philosophy and science. Science ("natural philosophy") was an integral part of the quest for wisdom, just as mysticism ("ascetical theology") was an integral part of the quest for wisdom of God.Ken Wilber talks about how it was a good thing for humankind to reach the point where we were able to differentiate between "external" forms of wisdom (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) … [Read more...]


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