I once heard a priest, speaking on some of the nuttiness within Orthodox Convert circles, claim: "Shine a light bright enough and even the bugs will come." For me, this was true of what I now know as Gnosticism. Some of us, through no special intent or talent, seem to have a built in Decoder Ring for the esoteric and metaphysical sciences. This is not to say, at least in my case, that there is always understanding nor just mere attraction. Rather, it's part of the thing that is the thing. … [Read more...]

DaVinci Code, Lost Gospels … the Lost

I've a confession to make: I am on my final pages of Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (1988), which -- so I hear -- is the fictional forerunner of the plethora of recently published books which include Gnosticism, Knight's Templar lore, Rosicrucianism, etc. A further confession: I've skipped about every 10th word due to ignorance :)The above link's article goes a long way in splashing some nice cold water on some old, old fires. (Speaking of old fires, some day I'll have to recount my … [Read more...]

Cal Thomas on the Tsunami of Gay Marriage …

"If conservative religious people wish to exert maximum influence on culture, they will redirect their attention to repairing their own cracked foundation. An improved heterosexual family structure will do more for those families and the greater good than attempts to halt the inevitable. A topical solution does not cure a skin disease whose source is far deeper.Paul the Apostle long ago saw what happens when people remove boundaries: "For the time will come when men will not put up with … [Read more...]

Southeast Orthodox Camp Endorsement

The sign said "Now Hiring." She walked into the college town restaurant and, in my opinion, was too pretty for the job. I sent an assistant out to interview her -- and get rid of her -- on two different occasions. The third time (she claims it was because of the hiring sign) I decided to interview her myself. Yes, she was beautiful, but we needed hard workers. In going over her work experience I noticed that she'd worked at the southern Baptist camp, Fort Caswell, at the beach. We talked a … [Read more...]