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This is Kelly Flannagan at his very best, on the ‘recent’ divorce between Love and Power. A must read. Here is a significant quote:
Religion was divided over the events. In part because that’s what Religion likes to do—divide itself—but also because it has been such a strong public supporter of Love, while quietly relying on Power to grow its numbers. One ecstatic pastor was heard to say, “We’ve been waiting for Love to come home. Faith and Hope have been missing their sibling.” In contrast, another prominent pastor lamented, “We can’t run our business without Power and his buddy Shame. Love should reconcile with them immediately.”
Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. Through countless conflicts, conquests, missions abroad, and simple word of mouth, these religions spread around the globe and forever moulded the huge geographic regions in their paths.
Most religious searches begin with one massive misperception. People tend to start by making a very unfortunate, yet understandable, division between the sacred and the profane worlds. Early stage religion focuses on identifying sacred places, sacred time, and seemingly sacred actions that then leaves the overwhelming majority of life unsacred. People are told to look for God in certain special places and in particular events–usually, it seems, ones controlled by the clergy. Perhaps this is related to the clergy’s need for job security, which is only natural. Early stage religion has limited the search for God to a very small field and thus it is largely ineffective–unless people keep seeing and knowing at larger levels.
In Franciscan (and true Christian) mysticism, there is finally no distinction between sacred and profane. The whole universe and all events are sacred (doorways to the divine) for those who know how to see. In other words, everything that happens is potentially sacred if you allow it to be. Our job as humans is to make admiration of reality and adoration of God fully conscious and intentional. Then everything is a prayer and an act of adoration. As the French friar Eloi Leclerc beautifully paraphrased Francis, “If we but knew how to adore, we could travel through the world with the tranquility of the great rivers. But only if we know how to adore.” Continue reading “Richard Rohr on Religionless Christianity”
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I found this article in The Guardian extremely enlightening. Here is the comment I have put on my Facebook wall as I linked it:
One can be TOO religious, as many believers indeed are.
We have to remember that Jesus himself was not a very ‘religious’ man, according to the standards of any time, either his or ours. He was just ‘the human one’ (as the biblical ”son of man’ phrase could be very well translated). Much religion wants to do away with this and make him into an esoteric reality that has nothing to do with our common experience of humanity. That is the essence of the heresy of Docetism, which continues to haunt Christians for over twenty centuries.
Here is how the article begins:
When considering this question, note that Jesus himself was hostile to religiosity – and that fundamentalists suffer from a lack of faith. Continue reading “Giles Fraser – Can You Be Too Religious?”
Stop Blaming Religion for Violence | Sean McElwee.
This is a very good article. REally worth reading.
Here is a quotation:
‘Religion (either secular or theological) does not poison all of society and science should not be feared, but rather embraced. Both can bring humanity to new heights of empathy, imagination and progress. To quote the greatest American reformer, “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
Church and state cannot deal with free people… A self protective system is asking whether you are a company person, not whether you are a kingdom person.
Comment – This is a tough issue. No surprise Luther felt compelled to postulate his dualistic understanding of the Christian being pulled simultaneously (kind of like standing on two boats, each going in a different direction). No need to insist on the anomalies that this understanding has created in earlier of more recent history (ex. the support given by many German Lutherans to the Nazi regime; or that of most Polish Baptists to the communist regime, in their fight against the common ‘enemy’, the Catholics). In reality, our dual citizenship (earthly and heavenly) puts us in an impossible situation, in eclesial terms, as well as in our professional life, a dilemma that the dualistic mind cannot solve. Only a non-dualistic mindset, inclined to synthesis, rather than thesis-antithesis, can take us out of this conundrum. Yet, from a first half of life perspective, people who are free to think and act based on the synthesis principle appear to be confused, contradictory, if not straight disloyal to their earthly commitment. Being a company person and being a Kingdom person do not have to be exclusive of each other. Yet, at critical intersections in life, we may need to make painful choices. What would you chose?
Tony Blair and Senator John Kerry will join Professor Miroslav Volf and the students of Yale University’s Faith & Globalisation class to discuss the role of religion in liberal democracy.
Recent events around the world, from the USA to Egypt show the impact that faith can have on politics and political movements.
Tony Blair will be arguing that, “we need religion-friendly democracy and democracy-friendly religion. The time has come to put away the delusions: that faith is diminishing; that religion is not really what it’s about; that a debate about politics can be seriously conducted in the 21st Century without debating religion.”
Belief in God: UChicago Report Measures Countries With The Greatest Changes in Belief Over Time.
This is a very interesting University of Chicago study of the dynamics of faith in various countries in the world.
The entire report could be read HERE.
Thanks to Prof. Tony Lane for this.
A link on Facebook today, on Evangelicals becoming Catholics, led me to a very informative magazine, called Religious Dispatches, that I recommend to you today. Here is a short presentation, that you can find on their website:
Religion Dispatches is a daily online magazine dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today, highlighting a diversity of progressive voices and aimed at broadening and advancing the public conversation.
Continue reading “Religious Dispatches – on religious forces in the world today”
(Source: HERE. This is a very informative article. See also the maps below, coming from the same source.) Continue reading “Europe Religion Map”
1.1.7 Marxist Eschatology
Definition – Eschatology is the doctrine or understanding of the future and particularly of the end of history (from Gk. eschata – ‘the last things’).
Communism promotes a sort of ‘atheistic millenarianism’ – a promise to establish heaven on earth through human means, with no reference to God.
Marxist ideology is based on the myth of determinism, according to which the historical destiny of humanity is controlled, in a supposedly scientific manner, by a perfect chain of cause and effect. Thus, by knowing this historical mechanism, the new ‘enlightened’ man can participate in the creative transformation of the world and society.
Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – 1.1 The Religious Character of Communist Ideology – 7”
1.1.2 Marxist Opposition to Religion
Marx wrote: ‘Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions’.
Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – 1.1 The Religious Character of Communist Ideology – 2”
1.1.1 Marxism as Secular Religion
Feuerbach, the German philosopher who, together with Hegel, was the most significant influence on Marx’s thought, wrote in 1842: ‘We must become religious again. Politics must become our religion’.
Marx himself wrote to his devotees in obviously religious terms, borrowed from the Judeo-Christian tradition: ‘If you want to become one and whole, to be born again in harmony, you must first destroy the environment which makes you a divided being, alienated from yourself’.
Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – 1.1 The Religious Character of Communist Ideology – 1”
There were 4 houses of religion in a small Florida town:
The Presbyterian Church,
the Baptist Church ,
the Methodist Church ,
the Catholic Church
Each church was overrun with pesky squirrels.
Continue reading “Religions and squirrels”