Does mysticism mandate theism? Or can one be an atheistic mystic? Is mysticism either theistic or atheistic, or something else?
The traditional goal of proselytism is to convert people to an institution and its ways, but there is a deeper conversion that often gets overlooked and overshadowed that has nothing to do with institutions.
Paul talks about "Christ" as the One, and persons as the parts that make up that One.
Religious history often depicts temples as sacred places where God is present and is known. But what kind of temple?
Apostasy (and apocalypse) are two words that could use some closer investigation in our spiritual journey.
I have created a remix of the beautiful painting by Thomas Blackshear called Forgiven. It speaks for itself.
These are some of my notes and reflections on Fr. Rohr's opening address at the conference a couple weeks ago.
An addition to the BHT, where Paul (or a disciple of Paul) talks about the infinite Grace that Christ is found in all beings, and the type of wondrous insight and knowledge that God reveals in those who attain the consciousness of Christ.
An addition to the BHT, which may be the very earliest words written in the New Testament, around 50 AD, in Paul's letter to the family who are gathering in Thessaloniki. Paul is exuberant about their faith, and talks about how they knew it for themselves through the manifestation of the Spirit in themselves, after much suffering, just like Paul and Jesus. Their great example was quickly spreading abroad.
I wonder if Silas/Silvanus could be Paul's nickname for his own alter ego, the "Saul" of his prior persecuting life, his shadow side, his human side, his "sinful" side, prior to perhaps taking a "new name" of Paul after his conversion experience.