Category Archives: Divine Love/ Christianity

The Madness of Love: Spiritual Parables Where You Least Expect Them

Broadway: lights, peppy music, dancing, and… metaphysics? I was probably the last holdout of my generation never to have watched Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera– until yesterday. And I was surprised by what I found: not just … Continue reading

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Dear Anonymous, You Are Not My Enemy

Dear Anonymous, You are not my enemy. You support beliefs that I disagree with. I abhor them, in fact, because I see the great harm that comes from them. You think the same thing about my ideas. Our ways of … Continue reading

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What Is the Shape of the Soul?

When I was little, I mistakenly thought that a picture of a smoker’s lungs from my first grade textbook was showing a picture of the soul. To this day, when I hear the word soul, my first mental image is … Continue reading

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The Ritual “Rebaking” of a Child vs. Baptism: What Two Rites of Rebirth Can Teach Us About the Problem of Existence

When an ancient ritual persists into the twentieth century, surviving all the upheavals of modernization, it has surely touched something deep in the human psyche. Rebaking a child was one such rite, once practiced widely throughout Eastern Europe: by Russians, … Continue reading

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Escaping the Ego: St. John of the Cross and an Anatomy of the Self

The most brilliant and illuminating discussion of the human self that I have ever read is in a a book by Denys Turner, The Darkness of God:Negativity in Christian Mysticism.* He draws from Aristotle and adds a bit of his … Continue reading

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Idolators Anonymous

Hello. My name is Mary, and I am an idolator. But I’m willing to bet that you are, too. Ask yourself this question, “Who is God?” and then see what you answer. Depending on how much you have thought about … Continue reading

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A Universal Truth that Cannot Be Hidden

Love. “God is love,” the scripture says. “God is love,” the saints all tell us– not only in the Christian tradition, but in the mystical literature of Islam, Judaism, and even sometimes Hinduism. This is such a universal truth that … Continue reading

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