Category Archives: Christianity

Voegelinian Vagaries

In last week’s column, I mentioned that Eric Voegelin is a political philosopher whom I approach – in advance and in principle – with a high degree of respect. Unlike most contemporary thinkers about life at the political level, he is not … Continue reading

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Can Sibling Rivalry Be Ontological?

In the top-floor, high-ceiling, six-room New York apartment where my parents once lived, next to the dining room table and in front of the window, there stood a tall potted plant. It grew and grew, though I don’t recall our giving … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Kingdom

Years ago, I was in the audience to hear a lecture by Columbia Professor of Ancient History Morton A. Smith who was discussing a verse he claimed to have discovered, anciently deleted from the gospel of Mark. In this new-found verse, Jesus … Continue reading

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Religions, Cultures and Powers

As Jerry and I recover from our everything-that-could-go-wrong-did-go-wrong air travel experience, I’ve been taking this week to assimilate the intensely interesting experiences at the Theology Without Walls meetings in Denver. My reflections nestled around three questions: What did the TWW … Continue reading

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The Blessing

We’ve just returned from the Denver meetings of the American Academy of Religion – more specifically the subfield that Jerry founded: Theology Without Walls. It was founded in recognition of the current, unprecedented openness of communication in our world. It … Continue reading

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Incredulity

The incredulity I’m talking about doesn’t concern entities like the Loch Ness monster. If that creature could be caught, dragged ashore, and the body sent to an appropriate laboratory that later issued a report detailing the evidence for its reality, … Continue reading

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Fine Tuning and Blunt Retooling

Lately I’ve been reading a lovely little book by Owen Gingerich, Harvard Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science. It’s titled God’s Universe, and – as you can guess – its aim is to make clear that faith and … Continue reading

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Does Anti-Semitism Have Sex Appeal?

Does Anti-Semitism Have Sex Appeal? Is it sexy to be anti-semitic?  Well, it must be, since it’s a mode of organizing human desire that just won’t quit. In bygone times, when distaste for all-things-Jewish was naively proud of itself, it … Continue reading

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My Mind Is Not My Brain

My Mind Is Not My Brain How much hangs on that denial – or on its contradictory, that my mind is my brain!  If our minds are our brains, as I once thought, and as our educated contemporaries mostly still … Continue reading

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Does God Play Favorites?

Does God Play Favorites? I don’t enjoy competition.  By that, I’m not intending to reject anyone’s marketplace of skills or services.  It’s just my sincere personal confession.   For example, I was a natural athlete as a child.  But later, … Continue reading

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