INTERVIU Ioan T. Morar, scriitor: „Scrisul e ca o căsnicie: ştii totul despre celălalt, dar abia aştepţi să te surprindă“ | adevarul.ro

Scriitorul Ioan T. Morar vorbeşte pentru „Weekend Adevărul“ despre „Sărbătoarea Corturilor“, cea mai recentă carte a lui, dar şi despre alte proiecte ale sale. Morar a fost Consul General al României la Marsilia, după care s-a stabilit în Franţa.

Source: INTERVIU Ioan T. Morar, scriitor: „Scrisul e ca o căsnicie: ştii totul despre celălalt, dar abia aştepţi să te surprindă“ | adevarul.ro

Un nou intefviu despre aceasta carte de succes.

Jung. o autoanaliză

Timposibil

Tot din Jung – Amintiri, vise, reflecții. Am început să citesc Jung la recomandarea unui prieten care îmi spunea că aici voi găsi detalii despre animusul femeii și anima bărbatului, asta după o scurtă pomenire cu privire la ce înseamnă. Și, începând să citesc, am văzut că sunt atâtea pasaje interesante din viața acestui om, că merită ”difuzate” pentru că ele nu vin doar ca frânturi de viață, ci vin cu bagajul interior, cu ”explicația” gesturilor exterioare, explicație care ne arată ce e în sufletul lui. Cred că nu poți iubi un om decât dacă te lasă (sau reușești tu) să-i vezi interiorul. Exteriorul e ca un tablou. Poate fi frumos sau urât sau șters la nivelul suprafeței. Poate fi îmbunătățit cu straturi deasupra. Dar interiorul e o altă treabă, cunoscându-i interiorul înțelegi de ce exteriorul este așa cum este și nu altfel. Dacă am avea resursele necesare, timpul (inuman…

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On Ecumenoclasm: Who Is a Heretic?

Public Orthodoxy

by Paul Ladouceur

One of the preferred weapons of Orthodox opponents of ecumenism is to call ecumenism a heresy and to refer to non-Orthodox, and indeed often Orthodox who support ecumenism, as heretics. Examples abound, for example in documents emanating from the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) and in the writings of St. Justin Popovich. For ROCOR’s Metropolitan Philaret, Catholics and Protestants are “modern preachers of heresy” and the World Council of Churches, the union “of all possible heresies.” In a 1974 letter, Justin Popovich refers to all non-Orthodox Christians as “heretics.” But the ultimate weapon of Orthodox anti-ecumenists is to describe ecumenism as “the heresy of heresies.”

“Heresy” and “heretic” are the Kalashnikovs of anti-ecumenists, aimed at both non-Orthodox Christians and fellow Orthodox.

In the Orthodox tradition, “heresy” and “heretic” have very precise and long-standing historical meanings. A heresy is an erroneous doctrine held and expounded by…

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Sin Is Not A Legal Problem – Athanasius and the Atonement | Glory to God for All Things

I often struggle when people speak of their “sins.” Indeed, it is not unusual to be asked, “Is ___ a sin?” The question always makes me feel like a lawyer. Imagine that, instead of a doctor, you have a lawyer whom you consult for your medical problems. You are having trouble breathing. You’re short of … Read More →

Source: Sin Is Not A Legal Problem – Athanasius and the Atonement | Glory to God for All Things

6 Tips for Learning a New Language » Brittany from Boston

Are you ready to start learning Spanish? How about French? With these tips for learning a new language, you’ll be ready to go!

Source: 6 Tips for Learning a New Language » Brittany from Boston

Un caz de convertire involuntară

O poveste absolut fascinanta. Multumesc, Cami.

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Tocmai am dat peste un pasaj din Jung – Amintiri, vise, reflecții și cred că merită să-l vadă și alții. Sunt multe, s-ar putea să mai postez și altele. Câte memorabile…

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Nu încerc niciodată să convertesc un bolnav la ceva și nu exercit asupra lui nici un fel de presiuni. Ceea ce mă interesează înainte de toate este ca pacientul să ajungă să aibă propria sa concepție. Un păgîn devine la mine un păgîn, un creștin un creștin, iar un evreu un evreu dacă asta corespunde destinului său.

Îmi amintesc bine de cazul unei evreice care-și pierduse credința. Totul începu cu un vis de-al meu, în care o fată tînără, pe care n-o cunoșteam, veni la mine în calitate de pacientp. Îmi înfățișă cazul ei și, în timp ce povestea, mă gîndeam: ”N-o înțeleg deloc. Nu pricep despre ce e vorba!”. Dar deodată îmi trecu prin minte că ar…

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The Desecration of Black Life and The Silence of American Evangelicals

‘I’m afraid that American Evangelicals are loosing/have already lost the cultural and political war–the concern of their relevancy in the tragic time of despair, fear, alienation, and black death. Sometimes, I just wish my evangelical brothers and sisters would join the chorus to denounce these social sins, fight for the weak, and defend all lives.Modern American Evangelicalism must confront the meaning of black existence, and that black being as human nature is originated in the Imago Dei and shaped in divine likeness.’

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The Desecration of Black Life and The Silence of American Evangelicals

(*As an Evangelical Christian and thinker, my target audience is American Evangelical Christians and Leaders. I must admit I do not subscribe to some of the ideological apparatuses associated with American Evangelicalism–particularly in reference to Evangelical views on social and political issues: immigration, race, war, public policy, foreign policy, economy, etc. I find some of these views unbiblical, and theologically dangerous unhealthy to the Christian witness in the public sphere, missional evangelism, the Lordship of Christ, and to human flourishing and the common good.)

As a Christian minister, scholar, and theologian, writing about the humanity and dignity of black people in the era of violence and death towards black folk in America is an uneasy task to do.

I keep asking myself these puzzling questions: why the American evangelicals are silent about this vital issue? Why have the…

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Fâs politico-religios

Lipsa de logica, sau mai degraba pur si simplu de minte intreaga, a lobbyului (incusiv ‘crestin’?) al armelor de foc este strigatoare la cer. Dar cui ii trebuie minte, daca are dolari. Cu ei oricine isi poate lua si un doctorrat, chiar mai repede ca martsafoiul Posta.

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Culmea fineții propovăduirii ideologice: să strigi, într-o țară în care dreptul de a deține o armă de foc este sfânt, într-o cultură a pistolului și a vieții ca-n filmele cu pușcături, că delicvenții și teroriștii ORICUM ar avea acces la arme pentru a-și duce la împlinire faptele odioase.

E ca și cum ai pretinde legalizarea mitei și a traficului de influență, pentru că ORICUM ele se întâmplă, chiar dacă aceste fapte sunt (încă) în afara legii.

Nu-i așa? Nu are rost să facem ceva în privința drobului de sare, pentru că ORICUM vreun obiect dintre cele agățate pe perete o să-i cadă în cap bietului copilaș. Atât i-a fost micuțului!

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Synod of the Church of England – Archbishop Opens Debate on EU Referendum

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Friday 8th July 2016

This is ‘not a time to fear’ but a time to trust God, the Archbishop said in the opening speech of Synod’s debate on the EU referendum today.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York added the item as urgent business to the Synod agenda, with the members’ consent.

Read the full text of the speech: 

The length of the EU referendum campaign, the high turnout and the clarity of the result means, it seems to me, that whatever our view of what we would have preferred, we must now deal with the world as it is, and seek not merely survival after Brexit – if we were one of the 48 – but the common good, the flourishing of all our citizens and the seizing of the opportunities offered to our nation; above all to witness to the Kingdom of God.Read More »

Today in Christian History – July 10

Romania Evanghelica

1888 – Birth of Toyohiko Kagawa.

Toyohilo Kagawa became one of Japan’s most famous Christians. This minister to the poorest of the poor died in 1960. Japan’s Emperor posthumously awarded him the nation’s highest honor, the Order of the Sacred Treasure.

http://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/today/7/10

Toyohiko Kagawa (1888–1960) was a Japanese Christian pacifist, Christian reformer, and labour activist. Kagawa wrote, spoke, and worked at length on ways to employ Christian principles in the ordering of society and in cooperatives. His vocation to help the poor led him to live among them. He established schools, hospitals, and churches.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyohiko_Kagawa

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Mission in a World Gone Wild and Violent: Challenging the Monochromatic View of Islam from a Silent Majority Position

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

[Note: This post was first published on Fuller Theological Seminary’s ‘Global Reflections Blog,’ in preparation for Fuller’s 2016 Missiology Lectures on 3-4 November. To learn more, click here]

On May 16, 2016, the day that I am writing this blog, we are commemorating the secret deal between Britain and France known today as the ‘Sykes-Picot agreement.’ Following secret negotiations in 1916, Britain and France agreed on the new borders of the Middle East as they predicted the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI (1914-1918). A third minor party to the agreement was the Tsarist government of Russia. But following the Bolshevik Revolution and the end of the Tsarist era, Russia would fall out of the agreement, and the Bolsheviks would make the agreement public on 23 November 1917, provoking what one scholar has described as ‘embarrassment’ to the British, ‘dismay’ to the…

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Emily Dickinson – I measure every Grief I meet | Academy of American Poets

I measure every Grief I meet

Source: I measure every Grief I meet (561) | Academy of American Poets

A superb poeem. Thaanks to my friend Daniel Longyne for this link.

Challenges for Restoring the Byzantine Female Diaconate for Present Times

A tough isssue. Religious misogyny is one of the worst plagues of our time.

Public Orthodoxy

by Ashley Purpura

Pope Francis’s recent call for a commission to explore the possibility of reinstating the female diaconate in the Catholic Church resonates with over a century of similar calls among leaders and laity of the Orthodox Church. These calls for restoring the female diaconate within the Eastern Orthodox Church have been supported by prominent theologians and hierarchs. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I even stated in 1995 that, “There is no canonical difficulty in ordaining women as deacons in the Orthodox Church,” and in 1997, that the “order of ordained deaconesses is an undeniable part of tradition” and that “there are already a number of women who appear to be called to this ministry.”

Despite hierarchical endorsement, consensus of various international conferences, intermittent examples of elevating nuns to the rank of deacon over the past century, and attempts to form centers for training female candidates for the diaconate, no successful…

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Sightings – Martin Marty – A Holy and Small Great Council

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His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presides over the Orthros and Synodal Divine Liturgy and concelebrates with the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Chania, Crete. PHOTO: © JOHN MINDALA from Ecumenical Patriarchate on Flickr. Creative Commons license. 

Those of us who have great regard for many aspects of the Orthodox Church can this week go back to showing that regard mainly by appreciating and displaying the visual beauties of icons and art work from the Orthodox tradition. We can return to listening to its chants and other sacred music, exploring its devotional practices, and revisiting the history of that part of the Christian Church which, through many centuries, was most exposed to its enemies, whether in the centuries of Ottoman rule or the decades of Soviet Russian strictures. What we can’t do is locate “Stop the press” releases after its Holy and Great Council, which concluded on Sunday, June 26.

Not that “we” were not looking for signs of motion in the Orthodox bloc, or had not been urged and given time to look. While especially metropolitan areas in the West demonstrated evidences of parish vitality and members’ loyalty, Christians and others who were not part of Orthodoxy often found the faithful flocks worshipping and celebrating at some cultural distance from “everybody else.” Not that there was no notice of some recent newsworthy events, beginning with the last-minute move of the Council from Istanbul to the island of Crete. Now and then a news release or a blog spread word of the forthcoming gathering, and a few daring prognosticators foresaw enlivening trends as the various factions in the Church promised to regard others with some favor. But we ended up with little marketable news, or even news of the less-marketable sort noticeable in parishes, seminaries, and the like.Read More »

Leunig – An Episode of Indiscriminate Compassion

Leunig - an episode of indiscriminate compassion

Thanks to Philip Hunt for the link.

Orthodox Africa – A review article | Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative

Source: Orthodox Africa – A review article | Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative

A book on Orthodoxy in Africa, by Archbishop Anastasios of Albania, who served for over teh years as a missionary on that continent.

Pope Francis’s Visit to Armenia: A Bridge Out of Isolation

On the Pope’s visit in Armenia.

Public Orthodoxy

by Yelena Ambartsumian

Ahead of Pope Francis’s recent visit to Armenia (June 24-26), there was much speculation as to whether he would again use the word “genocide” in reference to the massacres of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. The prepared remarks, released by the Vatican, appeared to omit that politically charged designation—instead opting for words such as “tragedy,” “slaughter,” and “immense suffering.” Nevertheless, once in Armenia, Pope Francis departed from the prepared text and said, “Sadly, that tragedy, that genocide, was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims that darkened the minds of the tormentors even to the point of planning the annihilation of entire peoples.”

Turkey responded by suggesting that Pope Francis and his Papacy possess “all the reflections and traces of [a] crusader mentality.” Last year, after Pope Francis…

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4 iulie – Liliana Romaniuc si-a sustinut cu succes doctoratul

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Buna noastra prietena, doamna profesoara Liliana Romaniuc, directoare a Scolii Internationale Cambridge ‘Seven Hills’ din Iasi, si-a sustinut astazi la Universitates ‘Al. I. Cuza’ din Iasi teza in vederea obtinerii titlului de doctor in stiintele educatiei.

 

Titlul tezei: MODELE DE MANAGEMENT EDUCAŢIONAL ÎN SISTEMUL ROMÂNESC DE ÎNVĂŢĂMÂNT,

Comisia de doctorat a avut următoarea componenţă:

Preşedinte: Prof.univ.dr. Constantin Cucoş, Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iaşi

Conducător ştiinţific: Prof.univ.dr. Carmen Mihaela Creţu, Universitatea “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iaşi

Referenţi:

  • Prof.univ.dr. Romiţă Iucu, Universitatea din Bucureşti
  • Conf.univ.dr. Mihai Stanciu, Universitatea de Ştiinţe Agricole şi Medicină Veterinară a Banatului, Timişoara
  • Prof.univ.dr. Corneliu-Eugen Havârneanu, Universitatea “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iaşi

Tot procesul a durat aproape trei ore (!) si s-a incheiat cu succes si distinctia magna cum laude. Felicitari!

(Anuntul oficial publicat pe situl universitatii se gaseste AICI.)

 

 

 

Valeriu Nicolae – Euro-Narnia and the Queen of Roma

 

Valeriu Nicolae

Roma activist Valeriu Nicolae departs for Euro-Narnia, a parallel world ruled over by the mighty Baroslan whose inhabitants discuss in strange and wonderful terms remedies for the Roma problem. But what is the role of the Queen in all of this?Read More »

BiblioTech – prima „biblioteca fara carti” din lume

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Numarul 207 pe iunie 2016 al revistei iesene de cultura Timpul a publicat o versiune scurta in limba romana a articolului meu in limba engleza despre BiblioTech, publicat recent pe blogul Persona. Articolul poate fi citit si online, AICI. Il redau mai jos in intregime.

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Recent, am avut șansa de a vizita biblioteca digitală din comitatul Bexar din San Antonio, prima de acest fel din lume. Pe când căutam adresa, prietenul care mă ducea acolo devenea tot mai sceptic. Era imposibil ca o asemenea bibliotecă unicat să funcționeze în zona cea mai săracă a orașului. Totuși, tocmai aceasta fusese ideea. Nelson Wolff, magistratul suprem al comitatului, este cel care a imaginat această instituție, devenită acum un model pentru întreaga lume. Planul său a fost acela de a-i oferi populației sărace din Bexar șansa de a ieși din sărăcie prin educație. În sudul comitatului, cu 80% hispanici, 70% dintre locuințe neavând acces la internet și totalitatea populației școlare primind zilnic prânz gratuit, din pricina sărăciei părinților.

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Brexit and the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church: The Return of Nationalism

Things do not look very rosy in Eastern Europe, after Brexit and the Synod, believes Lucian Leustean: ‘ Both churches and states will become more involved in the return of nationalism as a subterfuge to European integration and liberal values. The impact of the Brexit vote and the holding of the Synod may not immediately reverberate across Western Europe, but more in the East, where the interplay between Eastern Orthodoxy, geopolitics and nationalism provides the source for transnational alliances based on interests, security and political power.’

Public Orthodoxy

by Lucian N. Leustean

During the last weeks of June 2016, two major international events took place, namely the ‘Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church’, on the island of Crete (June 16-27), and the British referendum that narrowly voted to leave the European Union (June 23). At first sight, the two events are unrelated. One is the product of extensive inter-Orthodox dialogue that began in 1923, nearly a century ago. The other is the expression of the democratic political vote that took place in Britain, on Europe’s western periphery. Although neither event referred to the other, both are representative of tectonic shifts in the international liberal order of the post-Cold War era.

What do they have in common?

First, the holding of the Orthodox Synod was agreed on at the time of Russia’s takeover of Crimea in March 2014. For the last two years since its announcement, regular…

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BiblioTech – The First ‘Bookless’ Public Library in the World

BiblioTech

During my visit in San Antonio, Tx., in May 2016, I had the privilege of visiting the first completely digital library that was ever open anywhere in the world. I had heard about it before, and I made concrete plans to visit it while in Texas. So, on May 25th, with the gracious help of my friend Rev. Silviu Neagu, we set on the way to look for it, after a visit at the Central Library in San Antonio, where we got the address we needed – 3505 Pleasanton Road, in Bexar [pronounced ‘bear’] County, a 1.7 million members, and rapidly growing.

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Selfie with Rev. Silviu Neagu in front of BiblioTech

As we were driving deeper into the South, the poorest area of San Antonio, my friend was becoming more and more skeptical. It seemed almost impossible to find a library in such a place. Did we have the wrong address? Yet, there it was: Bexar BiblioTech, hosted in a not very large former warehouse space. My heart started pounding. I had found it.

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Rev. Silviu Neagu & Mr. JoseAngel Siller, head of BiblioTech in Pleasanton

As we entered the building, we were greeted by the guard, and the head of this institution, Mr. JoseAngel Siller, who became our guide during this visit. He had, among other things, a master’s degree in philosophy of religion, and seemed to be a religious man, even if he did not make too much out of it.

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One of the first things one sees on the wall after entering the building is the ‘tecolote’ [owl, in Spanish], the mascot and at the very same time the digital app of the library. As you scan it with your phone or table camera, you enter the virtual world of this technological miracle.Read More »

The Fruit of the Holy and Great Council

Public Orthodoxy

by Alberto Melloni

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was concluded on Sunday June 26th at Kolymbari, Crete. Within eight days of work, all the typical practices in the history of Synods were experienced: doubt and fermentation, surprises and compromise, conflicts, such as the crisis and the impasse in the final days that brought the Council one step away from failure.

In reality, it wasn’t the absence or the positions of the four Churches (among them the Church of Moscow) which endangered the Council. It was the persistence of a radical faction of the Church of Greece which requested that the other churches not be called “Churches”, including the Catholic Church. At some point, it seemed that the Council was fated to either succumb to this demand or to admit the failure of the Council. In this case, the Council would have given a great gift to the Russian…

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William Schweiker – Sightings: Ethics of Brexit?

Source: Ethics of Brexit?

William Schweiker, professor of theological ethics at the University of Chicago discusses the – quite neglected – ethical issues involved in Brexit.

Something worth pondering.

Faza cu democrația

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Problema acută cu care se confruntă mitul democrației astăzi – privită într-un context ca acela creat de rezultatele referendumului britanic – nu are de a face atât cu mulțimile (plebea, poporul, alegătorii etc) puse în fața deciziei și cu discuția dacă e bine sau nu ca ele să-și decidă prin vot soarta. Este esențial să luăm aminte la modul în care acestea (tot despre gloate vorbesc, firește) sunt puse față în față cu opțiunile de vot. Ce folos am putea avea dintr-un proces decizional, organizat foarte democratic (tehnic vorbind), desfășurat însă într-un mediu infectat de dezinformare, în care angoase sociale sensibile și mituri vechi de când lumea sunt manipulate de către trusturile media, iar rețelele de socializare le oferă celor mai mulți dintre votanți doar picături de adrenalină civică, nici pe departe informație verificată? Este bine ca mulțimile să-și poată decide viitorul. Mult mai bine ar fi, însă, ca mulțimile să aibă acces…

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Valeriu Nicolae – Smecherii si tehnocratii | Dilema Veche

Inteleg disperarea lor cind vad ca suntem citiva care avem curajul sau tacaneala de a expune un sistem care este disfunctional si care favorizeaza o finantare nesimtita si profund corupta a unor smecheri care sunt un fel de dumnezei ai partidelor, ajungind sa conduca televiziuni si tara pe minunatul model al lui Berlusconi.

Source: Şmecherii şi tehnocraţii | Dilema Veche

Prietenul si fostul meu coleg in WV (dar si consingean al meu), Valeriu Nicolae, acum consilier al primului ministru, se dezlantuie din nou impotriva mizeriei de nedescris in care se cpmplace clasa politica romaneasca.

Hope: An Ecclesiological Identity or a Prophetic Act?

The Institute of Middle East Studies

Last week, 20-24 June, IMES held it’s thirteenth annual Middle East Consultation – The Refugee and the Body of Christ: Exploring the Impact of the Present Crisis on our Understanding of Church. ABTS Faculty Member and Head Librarian Walid Zailaa was inspired to weigh in on the conversation in the post below.

by Walid Zailaa

The ongoing brutality of war in the neighboring countries has indirectly driven the evangelical church in Lebanon to reconsider its internal structure. As a result, the church has dramatically expanded its programs, activities, human and financial resources to partially meet the growing needs of the people. In such times and not surprisingly, the church is increasingly conforming with the institutional model due to the radical demographic changes that have been altering the rules of the game in the region. The church’s intervention is not anymore a onetime relief, food aid, or a onetime spiritual or…

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Michael Leunig – Spirituality, Art & Innocence

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Leunig – Direction Finding Duck

In a world that seems determined to go faster and faster each day; at breakneck speed for no reasons other than greed and fear, it is interesting and wise to wonder in the traditional way if our world is going mad and falling apart like never before – and that we are all caught up in this peculiar disintegration.

Nothing can be loved at speed, and I think we might be looking at the loss of love in the world due to the increased velocity of ordinary life; the loss of care, skill and attention enough to ensure the health and happiness of each other and the planet earth. It is a baffling problem and governments seem unable to recognize it, or do much about it at present.

To put it as a bleak modern metaphor, there may be moments when we feel we are all aboard an airliner being flown into a mountainside by the unstoppable forces of an incomprehensible madness.  Now seems like a good time to talk about spirituality, art and innocence.

Why do I choose to put together this wonderful holy trinity of spirituality, art and innocence? Why do I feel so mystified, yet so at home and secure with these three ideas? Why the need to try and illuminate my ever deepening ideas about them, and yet enjoy watching them disappear beneath the depths of understanding or into the cloud of unknowing?Read More »

Brexit: Democracy at Work?

Thanks, Vinoth, for making these points clear. I hope our British friends will have the wisdom of seeing themselves in the mirror of others. That is the only possible cure for self-deception.

Vinoth Ramachandra

I arrived in London the day after the results of the British referendum. I found many of my friends in a state of shock and dismay. The Brexit vote has revealed the deep fissures in British society- between London and the rest of the country, between economic classes, between urban and rural populations, between Scots and English, and even between generations (the young voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU).

The vast majority of non-Europeans are unaffected by what has happened here. But what has been most troubling- indeed horrifying- was the way the political campaign was fought. It mirrored the vicious obscurantism of the current American presidential campaign.

The “Remain” camp, led by the outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, exaggerated the security threats and economic fall-out of leaving the EU. But the “Leave” camp, led by the ambitious Boris Johnson, traded on blatant lies which the tabloid media swallowed…

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Philip Hunt: Why my Church is wrong on same-sex marriage

Source: Now is the Content of my Winter: Why my Church is wrong on same-sex marriage

Publishing this, I am sure, will make lose even more points with those who already think I am suspect, as a Christian and evangelical, for more than one reason.

Yet, I have to do it, because I believe the author is absolutely right.  Christians love their Christendom nostalgia (which, thanks be to God, is dead and burried). We love to pount the table and tell others how to live, the more so when we ourselves do not live at the level of our own expectations of others. Maybe, if we shout louder, we will not hear anymore the voice of our own conscience.

It’s time to shut up and look in the mirror. The louder we shout, the more suspect we become, of being mere religious hypocrites, which is the worst kind.

Philip Hunt is my first (and best ever) boss I had in World Vision. He is an Australian, and a man I respect deeply. He is a great Rene Girard fan, which shows clearly in everything he writes.

Thank you, Philip, for everything!