Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Because I have dared to name the danger facing our society in general and Quakerism in particular, I offer a definition of same. "Solipsism" is the theory that the self can be aware of nothing but its own experiences and states.
For society, this translates as David Byrne's "Once In A Lifetime" with people mourning their own situations in light of unrealistic expectations. For Quakerism, founded upon honoring personal experience as a means of continued revelation, the deck is stacked…Continue
"We are not called to make a sick world well. We are called to act well." These words of Arthur G. Gish, as found in his "The New Left and Christian Radicalism", are intended to help us to get out from under the weight of the world. A weight, it seems, like the cartoon depiction of "Fat Albert" sitting atop an adversary. The more one struggles and squirms, the quicker a depletion of strength. And, of course, resistance stymied outward becomes depression inward. The only calling, then, is to…Continue
OMG - seen and heard, as "Oh my God", ubiquitously these days. I just wonder about the relationship that "my God" implies. Is it profiting from a gold mine("God is mine") or is it hidden treasure that I love, but won't exploit for my own advantage?
Yesterday was "Earth Day"; and, for some fossil fuel/raw material enthusiasts, a celebration of profiting from a gold mine(perhaps literally). "The earth is mine" - OMG!
Yet, I believe that those who dutifully/truly celebrate…Continue
How easy to say, "I'll pray for you" or "God helps those who help themselves" or even "It must have been God's will" rather than to respond, "I will hold thee in the Light." In fact, most prayer would limit God's will to our own; just as most human endeavor would foreclose or bypass God's will. Even Jesus, before his execution, would have limited and looked for a way to bypass the Will other than his own. No wonder he asked his disciples to respond to his request to stay awake(keep in the…Continue