The Phallic Fetish Of Prayer

To help us better understand what has happened to prayer, I think we have to listen in to a psychoanalyst by the name of Jacques Lacan. When a child is in its predominant learning stage it looks to the mother as the sole nurturer of its reality. The role of the mother cannot be underscored here. The child believes that the mother is pulled away by outside desires, because this is an unknown element, psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan refers to this imaginary object as the Phallus. Which itself is an imaginary object. [Read more...]

“An Attitude of Gratitude?” Lectionary Reflection on the 10 Lepers: Luke 17:11-19

A friend of mine who is a pastor in Dallas was once teaching Sunday School with a group of children. They were reading this story of the ten lepers. “What do you think about this story?” she asked after she had read it to them. One little girl answered, “Jesus must have been so happy that somebody thanked him!”

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The Real Surprise in the Pew Forum Survey

“The surprise in the recent Pew Survey isn’t how little people know about their own religion and the religions of others around them, but that they know anything at all.” Professor Robert Hunt considers the implications of the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey results. [Read more...]


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