Category Archives: Religious Studies

Is There “A Problem with Islam”?

If I am asked “Is there a problem with Islam?”  My answer is an emphatic no. If I am asked “Is there a problem with modern Islamic thought?”  My answer is an emphatic yes. I do not want to be pedantic, … Continue reading

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“Eastern Philosophy”

A post over at the illustrious philosoraptor’s blog sparked some reflection in me, and I thought I might cross-post my response (and perhaps add to it and modify it a bit) here. I have spent quite a lot of time relative … Continue reading

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An Architectural Template: The Virtual Monastery on the Electric Mountain

This is the fruit of many years’ labor.  This project started with the idea that retreat to the wilderness in order to live simply, as Emerson and Thoreau (and countless individuals before them) endeavored to accomplish in their time, may … Continue reading

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Religious Classicism

For many years, I have sought a term for my religious identity.  “American Transcendentalist” was close, bearing rightly on the penultimate theological importance of Mind, its Divinity, and transcendence, and reflecting my genuine adoration for Emerson, Thoreau, and company, but I desired … Continue reading

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Immanence

Like the sun From afar, warming As though near

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A Brief Autobiographical Religious Note

My academic journey began somewhat with Greek and Roman mystery religions.  My initial fascination with and love of Greco-Roman culture led me to seek a means by which the fantastic and prolific polytheism of those peoples might be reconciled with … Continue reading

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Skillful Means

As I have written, I remember being trapped in my own ignorant, emotional hell in all its embarrassing details.  Given that, I am reminded often to view those who are themselves similarly gripped with compassion and empathy.  This must, of course, be … Continue reading

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A Confession from an Injustice Collector

Update:  I just ran across this interesting article which basically states the obvious (i.e. these sad perpetrators of violence need human beings who care for them to save them) in a more policy-oriented fashion.  The concept of “interrupters,” for example, is described in part in … Continue reading

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The Neo-PC Far Left, Emotional Relativism, and Postmodern Hermeneutics

So, I posted previously on the dangers of postmodern hermeneutics here.  I argued that the actions of crazed, violent morons who declare themselves to be “The Islamic State” rationally prohibit their recognition as Muslim.  The belief that they are Muslim, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis

Is hands-down the best Pope in my short life.  He is extraordinarily close to exactly what I would hope the leader of the largest Christian denomination in the world to be.  I read his Evangelii Gaudium and was blown away.  After … Continue reading

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