There is no moment of completion, in this life, when all of the moments of terror, boredom, worry, and ecstasy merge on a plateau on which the balance of our lives will be lived . . . we should be resigned that it will continue to be a mix of fear and contentment.

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Albert Norton, Jr. is an essayist and novelist, who blogs on issues of culture and philosophy as it affects religion. His first novel was Another Like Me (eLectio Publishing 2015). This is a book of adventure, but it is also a book about man’s consciousness; that of each person to the other, and about the Consciousness that surrounds us all. It is about war and peace and the truth of what we are without God, and with Him. His second novel is Rough Water Baptism (eLectio Publishing 2017), about the difficult re-enchantment of the world for one young woman who has all the material advantages one could hope for, but who begins adulthood in a spiritual desert.

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From time to time I’ve asked rhetorically whether there might be a link between the loss of faith and the rise of despair. For example, in a memoir I wrote: We sometimes say people “lose hope” and become despondent, perhaps to the point of despair or even suicide, but what does that phrase really mean? […]

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I’ve long been interested in how to think about the ongoing presence of God in our day-to-day lives.  I could be oversimplifying, but it seems to me there are two ways of thinking of God.  Either He is the aloof God of Deism, the uncaused-cause necessary to explain physical reality, but nothing more, or He […]

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Emotional Time Travel   One of my grown kids recently bought a new house and I volunteered to help him flail around in the hot sun trying to beat back kudzu in the corner of the back yard. I’m always happy to visit, but I anticipate hot thirsty work in my near future.   I thought […]

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