Saturday, February 09, 2008

100th episode
























okay, so here we are with the 100th post on this blog.

amazing.

after all these months, to reopen this all but abandoned webspace. why?

i don't know.

perhaps there are still conversations to be had. more idea-pong to be played.

i thought that i'd start this 100th post where we left off. i was in the middle of writing something and then just abruptly stopped. it was, for some reason, important enough to me to start and yet not important enough to finish. how many things about my life and yours are that way?

well, whatever the case,
welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends...

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faith often unwittingly discounts reason as being ungodly and calculating… which essentially imprisons the reasonable, relegating them to mere subjects rather than citizens of the kingdom of God. this exclusionary thinking is responsible for literally chasing people whose hard-wired sacred pathway is their intellect from our fellowship as believers. It’s Spiritual Bullying.

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that's it. that's as far as i got. but at least we're back at the table.

3 Comments:

Blogger hineini said...

"faith often unwittingly discounts reason as being ungodly and calculating… which essentially imprisons the reasonable, relegating them to mere subjects rather than citizens of the kingdom of God."(jollybeggar)

I think I have to disagree. What reduces the other to an object of thought is when faith (the openness to something outside ourselves that is beyond ourselves) is abandoned for the more predictable and comfortable. Reason is the exclusionary one, not faith. When faith gets solidified and structured, that is when it it transformed into a weapon, transformed into the reason that we often set it in opposition too.
In various discussions with different people I have learned there are two very very different definitions of faith. One being certainty, drawn from a New Testament passage whose reference escapes me at the moment, where faith is being sure of the unseen and what we hope for. The other end is that faith is a radical uncertainty and unsettledness for all our knowledge, reason and the predictable in which we dwell in our day to day lives. It is a hope for goodness to arrive but without knowing from where or when, having no assurance that it will arrive.

To be fair, maybe faith wasn't the word you were meaning there, maybe sentementality or "spiritualism" are used to oppose the "intellectual"?

two cents worth?

2/16/2008  
Blogger jollybeggar said...

i did say 'often'

2/17/2008  
OpenID societyvs said...

"this exclusionary thinking is responsible for literally chasing people whose hard-wired sacred pathway is their intellect from our fellowship as believers. It’s Spiritual Bullying." (JB)

Congrats on 100 first off!

I agree with this statement since a lot of the convo's I have with people in this faith - it's the one's who have no respect for the studious that creates a division - like thinking is bad or something. I think I learn the most from people that are given to reasoning their faith - since it does show their committment to this faith (at least - that's how I take it).

3/19/2008  

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