To make hidden things visible

Like the P in psychology, The H in psychiatry, Invisible Ink and the Truth in Theology... The spell is complete, Now all is visible. In C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the author does not say what exactly Lucy Pevensie had to recite in order to perform the spell to make hidden things visible. But in Michael Apted's motion picture version of the story, we do get to hear her recite the spell — and what she says is pretty much what I've quoted above.The spell seems to suggest that t … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Spirituality is theology walking. — Joan Chittister, Heart of Flesh … [Read more...]

Concerning Theology, Straw, and Basic Kindness

In New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton made this acerbic, but I think on-the-mark, comment: "Beware of the contemplative who says that theology is all straw before he has ever bothered to read any." Historically, theology and mysticism were not two separate disciplines, but rather two sides of the same coin. Theology, or "God-talk," sought to express what in contemplation comes to us as ineffable mysteries. Why bother, you might ask, to attempt to speak of what cannot be put into words? Like the … [Read more...]

The Fidelity of Betrayal

The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief By Peter Rollins Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanIn this book, Peter Rollins expands and deepens the apophatic/postmodern re-visioning of Christian theology/mystery that he first introduced in his first book, How (Not) to Speak of God. Rollins is a philosopher/theologian whose work appears to be all about dismantling unhelpful boundaries: between philosophy and theology, between church and culture, between … [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...]

Quote for the Day

For Christ is revealed as the incarnation of God's love for us: he is the great lover, and the Church is his beloved, and we in her. Academic theology finds its coherence, literally comes into being as a possibility, as we find in Christ God loving us and longing for our love. And it is this response to God's love for us that is the central concern of spirituality. Prayer is in essence the loving pursuit of the beloved. The great part that silence plays in prayer has an analogy in the fact that … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

A philosophy without theology is irrelevant, and a theology without philosophy is a more or less superstitious credulity. — Raimon Panikkar, Christophany: The Fullness of Man … [Read more...]


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