A friend asked me what my take was on the problem of evil, or theodicy, so I thought I’d write about it here.
Here was the question:
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How do you handle the problem of evil? Coming from a Mormon background, evil had its place in the plan of salvation. If you are right about the idea that to be godly is you be one, then why does the devil of our egos get in the way? What’s the point of a fall in the first place?
David Bentley Hart (b. 1965) is described as “an American polymath whose work encompasses a wide range of subjects and genres. A prolific essayist, he has written on topics as diverse as art, literature, religion, philosophy, film, baseball, and politics. He is also a writer of fiction.” Religiously speaking, he is a “convert from high-church Anglicanism to [Eastern] Orthodoxy.”
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This short documentary Being 97 by Andrew Hasse is moving and poignant. The ageing philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921-2018) contemplates the meaning of life and death after having written several books about it during his academic career. He asks, “what is the point of it all?” He feels he failed at solving it.
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There was a fascinating show that my wife and I watched last night on Mind Field with Vsauce (Michael Stevens). It was season 3, episode 7, titled “Behavior and Belief.”
It was all about the nature of beliefs, and whether they are real, lies, true, false, or something else more fuzzy. I think it explored this subject in a very intriguing way, doing experiments with people, and they came to some stunning conclusions. This has many implications for religious and spiritual beliefs, particularly those beliefs that we may have believed were true and yet found them to be not so true, or perhaps even false, and have shifted our beliefs in that wake. What does it mean to “believe” something, or believe in something? What is the nature of superstition? Do our beliefs coincide with an objective reality, or do they have another function?
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Language often constructs our perception of reality. As the philosopher and writer William H. Gass once said, “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” Or so they try. Continue reading “Does Language Construct Reality, or our Perception of Reality?”
In my recent move from Utah to Pennsylvania I’ve had the opportunity to get to know wonderful new people, and one of those is JD Stillwater. He is a wise, affable, loving, and talented science educator, writer, musician, mystic, naturalist, speaker, and much more. As part of his Seven Candles project, a non-profit organization with the laudable mission to integrate science and spirituality, he gave a presentation a couple years ago on the topic of science and oneness. I think it is excellent. If you have a half hour to watch this, below, I think JD gave a fantastic introduction to the subject of how we are all one, and how science helps to inform us of this remarkable reality. Continue reading ““One Song: The Science of Oneness” by JD Stillwater”
In the video below, non-dual spiritual teacher Rupert Spira beautifully discusses the journey from traditional exoteric outward-facing dualistic religion that worships and prays to an external God, and towards higher stages of a more integrated perceiving of non-dual at-one esoteric inward-facing union spirituality, where we realize that “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Continue reading ““God Is the Very Self of Each of Us” by Rupert Spira”