In an interview with John Gray about his book Seven Types of Atheism, this exchange took place:
[Questioner:] You finish with the mystical kind of atheism. It sounds almost like people who have a big drug experience and talk about the oneness of everything.
[Gray:] Well, it’s a radical kind of atheism that asserts that the nature of reality is ineffable—it can’t be embodied in words. Schopenhauer thought the ultimate reality of things was spiritual, but we couldn’t really grasp it with our reasoning. He didn’t have any need for a creator God, but actually, he isn’t so far from certain traditions in mysticism and different religions. Some types of mystical religion come close to atheism in their understanding of God as unimaginable.
What did he mean that some “mystical religion is close to atheism”? Aren’t mystics supposed to be people who find union with God, who become one with God? How could that possibly be “atheistic”? Here is my interpretation.
Continue reading “Are Mystics Atheists?”
This is the one of the greatest questions which has puzzled humanity for millennia. Where did we come from? What is our origin, our source? PBS Digital Studios and the YouTube channel It’s Okay To Be Smart has put together a great introduction on the topic, a summary of all of our scientific discoveries. Continue reading “Video: Where Did Life Come From?”
The following are excerpts from a discourse given by the Byzantine Christian monk and poet, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022 AD), to the monks of the Monastery of St. Mamas when he was the Abbot there. It is a combination of the translations from the Greek by Archbishop Basil Krivoshein, and Rev. C. J. De Catanzaro. I have added emphasis. Continue reading “Excerpts from Symeon’s Discourse on the “Mystical Resurrection of Christ””
Until we can get back to direct primary first-hand personal intimate contemplative mystical ecstatic experience of God in the lives of each and every human being, then God will increasingly become an abstract distant concept instead of a Living immanent reality. (The painting above is The Transfiguration, by Greg K. Olsen.) Continue reading “Mystical Experience is Christianity’s Savior”
An addition to the BHT, my translation of Exodus 3, one of the signature chapters of the Old Testament and Torah, where Moses first encounters God in a burning “bush,” which I perceive was a mystical vision of God within Moses’ very own mind and heart (cf. Psalm 104:4; Isaiah 33:14). (The painting above is “Holy Fire,” by visionary artist Alex Grey, 1987, oil on linen, 224 x 90 inches.) Continue reading “Exodus 3 BHT, Moses Meets God as a Fire in His Self”
This is one of the best TEDx talks I’ve encountered. In it Jeff Lieberman talks about science and spirituality the same as I have experienced them, including regarding the unitive mystical experience as perhaps the ultimate value in human life. Continue reading ““Science & Spirituality” a TEDx talk by Jeff Lieberman”
At this time of year the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus during a holy day we call Christmas. This birth happened some two thousand years ago, which brought into the world a man who many billions of people today have come to adore and worship as both human and divine. Continue reading “The Mystical Meaning of Christmas”