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The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James


Page 326 is the Philosophy chapter, a good place to start with some extra reading.  Don’t be daunted– it’s rather old fashioned but it is in the form of a lecture:  Imagine that James is speaking to you about his ideas.

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Essential Theology: God's Omniscience

I believe that God is all-knowing, omniscient, surpassing all creatures in his wisdom and  purposeful plans. His knowledge is not merely abstract, but practical and relational. 2,092 more words

Why and How did Jesus-Devotion Erupt?

I recently discovered an interesting conversation with Chris Tilling about early christology on a pod-cast site, “OnScript,” here. Tilling is now a frequently-cited “second generation” contributor to the analysis of early devotion to Jesus, and in the conversation exhibits a thoughtful engagement with important issues.  906 more words


Today driving into work I could really tell that we are creeping toward the darkest part of the year.  There was no sign of the sun the entire way in, and even now as I sit at my desk I still don’t see any signs of the sun peeping out yet. 542 more words


On having spiritual experiences, and not knowing it

For much of my life, the idea of having a spiritual experience seemed so far-fetched, so impossible, and yet so undeniably important.

My first experience with organized religion, in a Baptist church at the age of seven, led me to believe that only very rarely did people experience the divine firsthand. 609 more words

A Longing

Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone!

As the leaves start to finally turn color around my Midwest stomping grounds, I realize that the brief time for rest is up for me.   470 more words


Are they itching?

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

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