Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Thoughts - August 15

Misrecognizing that there will always be a relation and distinction between self and other leads to inappropriate ways of connecting that both demand too much, and expect too little. Self and other deserve to be ‘mutually recognized’ as having worth and value, which is to result in developing a finely tuned dialogical interaction between them. But when self or other is the sole referent for life or no referent at all – each becomes artificially constituted in a double misrecognition – neither should be perceived in such roles. Since it is always tempting to ignore the complex tension of relation and distinction, it will be ‘hard work’ to avoid false characterizations and thus to reject the liabilities of forcing self to be other or other to be self.  In this regard, care and compassion, delicately balanced on the tight rope of trust and suspicion, are continually in play.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 14

Struggling with a biblical notion of revelation is the way it’s supposed to be. It’s in the struggle to understand that the pursuit of what’s true continues. In some instances, it appears that the biblical writers were doing likewise. They didn’t have it all together. Thus, a significant dimension of the reality of theism and Christianity is found in the struggle to believe it. Apparently, in this life, hermeneutical entanglements with God, the world, self, and other should never end.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Reflection for the Week - August 12

In personal struggles with self-hate an appeal to an Act of the will is essential to combat such falsehoods, but it can never be an end in and of itself. Trying to “will” self-hate to diminish is not a sustainable enterprise. That is, the will has to find its bearings in a larger context, which includes multiple informers capable of offering a reorientation towards an appropriate and viable self-love.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thursday Thoughts - August 8

The power of nature is an unrelenting force of destruction, darkness, and death, as well as construction, light, and life.
Bizarre. Remarkable. Mysterious.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 7

Humans not only struggle to survive. They long for “recognition.” Self-recognition, other recognition, and being recognized, goes beyond vital subsistence mechanics and puts us on the path to mutuality. And it is in this context of relation and distinction that one discovers the essence of life in love, which bears all, feels all, and hopes all.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Reflection for the Week - August 5

Now that we have become more aware of ourselves as part of an emerging and evolving creation nested within a vast array of galaxies, our interpretations of early Genesis are going to have to interact with this data if we are to have a better understanding of God and human origins.
Our book From Evolution to Eden proposes some fresh hermeneutical possibilities for your consideration. Check it out.