Beauty from Ashes

The Ashes As a society we are far past the general disaffection of Europe in the 20’s, following the Great War, when repudiation of religious sensibility was traceable to eye-opening atrocity joined to soul-deadening ideology.  Now a similar disaffection from great questions exists, but seems to be more the result of a wide-scale spiritual listlessness. […]

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The Materialist Epoch

The Pagan and Christian Epochs The predominant worldview in the west before Christianity was paganism, which assumed the existence of something beyond the here-and-now of matter in space and time; gods who must be honored in their prescribed ways and seasons, for orderly human life. We discussed this in The Pagan Epoch. That “something beyond” […]

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Review (Part Five): The Experience of God — Being Consciousness Bliss, by David Bentley Hart

Bliss Mind over matter There is a mystery at the base of all of our ruminations about consciousness, and that sense of mystery resists reduction to material causes.  Reality is one, embraced within the totality of being.  “[P]erhaps we really should look elsewhere for the source and sustaining principle of that unity.”  And Hart does: […]

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