6.10.2008

Press

When does the breaking point come? When is it enough? To the eyes of others it may appear that all is well. But we all have limited perception. There is much that is hidden from our ears, eyes and intuition. Only a few know what is going on below the surface. Perhaps others see and have noticed a slow mutation of countenance, tone or ability to withstand adversity. The 'perceived' catalysts to these trying circumstances can be myriad. They can be personified. They can stem from one source. They can come from a lie or deception. But it's not so easy to diagnose. "Brokeness" is always a factor. That's a given. But the factors that precipitate one event or circumstance to another could be the fault of one and the many. His sin is an injury to all. Her righteous deed is the blessing of all. Her omission is to the detriment of many. His willingness to bend and flex is for good of the whole.

There is a tipping point. There is a time when you come to an end. There is a time when exhaustion has arrived and the thinning out of wits takes center stage. And this Act can be a very long one. Bearing to much of a load? Are there too many responsibilities or duties under charge that all cannot be done? Very possible. This may be the case. Some duties are greater than others. There are urgencies. There are sacrifices that must be made. Circumstances and events are a calling forth, a summoning to something or toward a new state of being. This is devolution and evolution, regression and progression, falling and rising...death and resurrection.

It doesn't look the same for everyone.

6.07.2008

:: THINK

One of my great interests is observing and thinking through what we know and how we know, what we believe and how it is that we believe. This categorical inquiry is called Epistemology: The study of how we know or the theory of knowledge. I am persuaded that the categorical distinctions between philosophy, religion and science are essentially one and the same. The categories may not be explicitly identical (depends on who you ask...semantics!) but at the least these categories dialectically inform one another in such a way that they are identical or so necessary to the other that one cannot "stand" without the other. (Arguably this may be an over-simplification or reductionistic view but I believe it has a high semblance to the truth.)

I also believe that reason is an innate faculty in the human being that is at the service of such categories: philosophy, religion, science. Because of this I am persuaded that the dichotomy between faith and reason that is widely popular in western culture is false. You and I begin to reason or begin our reasoning from what we trust or believe or have faith in.

Our beliefs are constantly developing for varying reasons of which influence is generated from emotional and physiological aspects to social environments: class, race and politics. Our beliefs are always being shaped, modified or even entirely transformed. I find this a very fascinating phenomenon.

The community of faith in which I interpret reality through persuades me to see everything as spiritual. It also informs me to recognize that life is a derivative or creation from a personal God. I believe that this God revealed himself to the ancient communities that wrote the scriptures known as the Bible which now serve to personally shape my identity and how I know. I believe this happens as I inhabit this ancient community of faith.

I say this all as a "qualifier" of where I come from and where I think from. And with that I would like to introduce a few new links to my blog under "Places". The links are marked by ":: THINK". I have introduced these to my blog so that a wider engagement with different and/or "opposing" beliefs would be 'plugged' for others with like minded interests. I hope it serves you well.

With that said, I must now say that I am really looking forward to read an upcoming book titled "Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity".

While it is not new for someone who was a Christian to become an Atheist or to espouse another belief I believe frequent exposure to the narratives of people's lives such as these serve me and I imagine you well by encouraging good reflections upon your beliefs and so provoke positive development.

Shalom

6.05.2008

The Authority of Scripture is a Function of Its Divine Origin, not Its Cultural Expression, Although the Bible that the Spirit Has Given the Church is

...a Thoroughly Encultured Product."

For those interested in the work of Peter Enns and perhaps are aware of the 'controversy' surrounding his book, "Inspiration & Incarnation" you may find this post worthy reading. This post is one of a series that will be continually posted on Peter's blog: a time to tear down|A Time to Build Up

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