spirituality-religion

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Human Spirituality Lives On

They had been following the trail of the wounded bull for three hours, jogging through the grass clumps and sparse brush, eyes fixed intensely on the ground, kneeling, pointing, jogging. Why was the bull climbing up the hillside? It did not matter, they must have food. Through the rocks now, a track here and there-they … Continue reading

Cathedrals, Gargoyles and Minarets-what church buildings tell us

Humans have always had sacred spaces; a certain mountain, cave or spring that is deemed special. Perhaps the oldest found so far is the Python Cave in Africa, used 60,000 years ago. I think you can understand why a cave guarded by a giant stone python would be considered special. But moving up to the … Continue reading

Christmas Eve in the Woods

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. 🙂 This is a true story; best when shared.  

Plato vs Aristotle: Place Your Bets

If you like to really dig into philosophy, you can do so at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, but be warned, Aristotle said, “Philosophy can make people sick.” Alternatively, you could watch historian-comedian Mark Steele’s lectures on Youtube, where he laments that most people think of the Monty Python song when they hear Aristotel’s name: … Continue reading

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Symphony in Hell

Do you like music? Who doesn’t? I find great music a bit overwhelming myself. I once went to hear the London Symphony and had to leave at intermission, I was so overwhelmed by that much beauty. In my defense, I wasn’t the only one in the audience crying like a baby. In WWII, Germany invaded … Continue reading

Caves: the Womb of Mother Earth

Do you like caves? They are kind of numinous, magical places, silent except perhaps for dripping water, dark, leading we know not where. Our ancient ancestors felt the same, except that they had a pervasive idea that the earth was their mother (it kind of is, if you think about it) so to enter a … Continue reading

The Woman in the Water

While we in the West insist on dividing stories into “historical fact” and “superstitious nonsense” neither category is as airtight as we would like to think. As a Christian, I am not about to start worshipping nature deities, but I agree with those Christian literary geniuses J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis: stories passed on for … Continue reading

Mother Nature Sends Her Love

Today’s wonderful thing in my garden was so tiny-it was a heart-shaped loop of cucumber tendrils. But it was wonderful just the same, and here is why: I once had lunch with a handsome atheist. “I don’t believe in God,” he told me. “Yes, you told me.” “I believe in Father Time and Mother Nature. … Continue reading

Flying Dragons

In a previous post I mentioned that I was going to fight self-pity by finding something beautiful and amazing every day in my tiny 10 X 25 foot garden plot. The first day I met a dragonfly on the tomato stake and when I said “Hi,” he nodded to me and said, “Wassup?” Because dragonflies … Continue reading

On the Good and Evil-in our Own Hearts

Alexander Solzhenistsyn was once a Russian officer who was arbitrarily arrested and spent many years in the gulags. He had gone in as a convinced Bolshevik, he emerged as a convinced Christian.   Subsequently he won a Nobel prize for Literature and was very popular in the U.S., partly because he said things that fit … Continue reading