A doubting anesthesiologist has an out-of-body experience while he was undergoing surgery. [Link updated, per suggestion.]
Kris Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP, is a native son of Las Vegas, born in 1992. As is the 2015 NL MVP, Bryce Harper. I am not aware of a third 24-year-old Las Vegan playing in major league baseball.
[We] sense that there is a will that is behind all things, and we’re also aware of our own will, and it’s the distance between those two wills that creates the mystery that we call religion.
And in between the stations things flitted past, so isolated from their context that each seemed to promise some unearthly happiness if one could but have descended from the train at that very moment to seize it: a house backed with a group of haystacks and wide brown fields about it, two aged horses standing head to tail, a little orchard with washing hanging on a line, and a rabbit staring at the train, whose two eyes looked like the dots, and his ears like uprights, of a double exclamation mark.
-C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
-William Carlos Williams, 1883 – 1963
I was inspired by Bruce C.’s recent post on poverty and Steve Reed’s comment on the scriptures yielding multiple interpretations. Specifically, I was inspired to think about the parable of the Good Samaritan.
I do not reject the standard interpretation of the parable of the Good Samaritan, in which the point is that everyone is our “neighbor.” I accept the authority of both tradition and the prophets.
But there is another interpretation, which actually fits the story better. (more…)
When T. Greer’s wrath is as immense as his scholarship, it is an impressive and fearsome thing.
He thinks that the Great and Spacious should be a little more concerned about the missing foundation.
Your engineer bishop is gone. Your janitor counselor is running the service. “The opening prayer will be . . . uh, I wonder who I asked . . .” He grins wryly. A brother in the back raises his hand. (more…)
For the last eight years, any disagreement with policies of the current administration were viewed as signs of racism by those inclined to view matters that way. Had the other major presidential candidate prevailed earlier this month, there would have been more of the same, with sexism taking the place of racism as the secret sin motivating any disagreement with the next president. However, with the president-elect we have the script has a little tweak: any agreement with any policy of the next president will be because he is a fascist, and those agreeing with him (about anything) are OK with that. For example (link):
“The Obama administration turned a deaf ear to us and frankly, with President-elect Trump, we feel things are going to move in the right direction,” Matthew LeBretton, New Balance’s vice president of public affairs, told the Wall Street Journal.
The answer was in response to a question about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, an initiative led by President Obama and staunchly opposed by Trump. Boston-based New Balance, the only major company that still makes athletic shoes in the United States, has said the trade policy would hinder its business and help competitors who operate overseas.
Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont also opposed the deal.
But that didn’t stop opponents of Trump from turning on New Balance altogether and accusing the company of formally endorsing not just his stance on TPP, but entire platform.
Sunday afternoon, April 1974 General Conference. Elder Maxwell’s first talk. I read it expecting his typical verbal kinesthetics.
Instead, I reverently stopped at this phrase:
Appreciation for a splendid woman, Colleen, a wife for all seasons, who has made our home a haven.
A wife for all seasons. (more…)
From a lecture by Rudolf Steiner at Dornach, Switzerland in 1923 – from the series Mystery Centres
And then, when the Mystery of Golgotha took place, when over in Palestine, the wonderful events came to pass which we describe as the experience of Christ Jesus on Golgotha and its surroundings, while these wonderful events came to pass in Palestine; great festivals were held [in Ireland] within the Hibernian Mysteries, and within their community, i.e. by the people who belonged to the Hibernian Mysteries.
And that which came to pass in actual fact in Palestine, was portrayed in pictures on the island of Hibernia in ways a hundred-fold, though the picture was as a memory of the past. They experienced in pictures the Mystery of Golgotha contemporaneously on the island of Hibernia, while the Mystery of Golgotha came to pass historically, in Palestine.
When later, in temples and churches, the Mystery of Golgotha was experienced pictorially, was shown in pictures to the people, then these were pictures which recalled something which had taken place on the earth, which were drawn out of the ordinary consciousness as a kind of historic memory.
These pictures existed on the island of Hibernia before they could be produced from historic memory of the past, but as they only could be produced out of the Spirit itself.
On the island of Hibernia that was spiritually seen which took place before the bodily eye in Palestine, at the beginning of our era.
And so, on the island of Hibernia, humanity actually experienced the Mystery of Golgotha spiritually. And this indicates the greatness of all that went forth later from the island of Hibernia, for the rest of the civilized world, but which vanished in later time.
As far as I can tell, Rudolf Steiner knew nothing substantive about Mormonism or The Book of Mormon. His teachings came from (or were confirmed by) a method he termed Spiritual Science or Clairvoyance (in the sense of clear-seeing).
This was a type of personal revelation, but not regarded as coming directly from God; rather it was more like being able to view or read objective knowledge of the totality of significant reality recorded objectively, and (he said) accessible to anyone ‘initiated’ in these methods (although this training included moral elements and pre-requisites, so was only possible for the worthy).
Anyway, this passage is interesting as describing an ancient Irish civilisation which – like the Nephites – was Christian before Christ, and which was aware of the events and significance of Christ’s ministry, death, resurrection and ascension.
(A major difference from the Nephites is that Steiner does not describe any visit to ancient Ireland by Christ himself. )
I personally suppose that this basic situation may well have happened in several places on earth – I mean that there may have been ancient societies (currently not known to history or archaeology) who knew of, and awaited the coming of Christ – and were spiritually aware (to varying degrees) of the nature of significance of the happenings in Palestine around AD 30-33 (or whenever precisely the ministry of Christ and his death occurred).
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