DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Being • Eschatology • God • Prayer • Time
These are the final 4 words of the Lord’s Prayer (Mt. Read more
WISDOM
Culture • Eschatology • Existentialism • God
Fifty years before the birth of Jesus, an anonymous member of the Jewish community at Alexandria wrote The Book of Wisdom. Read more
PSALM 22
Eschatology
There are 64 books in the New American edition of the Holy Bible. One of these books is Psalms. The Book of Psalms consists of 150 psalms of which Psalm 22 is one. Read more
THE ONE AND THE MANY
Being • Eschatology • God • Time • Trinity
(This essay is dedicated to Ralph Pred, mentor and friend, who taught me almost everything I know and who would probably disagree with almost everything in this essay. Thank you, Ralph. Read more
CHRIST THE KING
Christ • Eschatology
Since 1970, the Roman Catholic Church has celebrated the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Read more
SHAKESPEARE
Culture • Eschatology • Whitehead
Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Duchamp, Camus, Ionesco, Beckett – these are names that come to mind when one thinks about nihilism... Read more
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Eschatology • God • Whitehead
(Toward the end of his life, A. J. Ayer, British philosopher and the father of Logical Positivism, gave a lecture on the Meaning of Life. Read more
JOB RECONSIDERED
Eschatology • Existentialism • God
Everyone knows the story of Job…or thinks he does.  A just and righteous man, Job enjoys family, wealth and respect. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he loses everything. Read more
HOW THE WORLD WORKS
Being • Eschatology • God • Trinity • Whitehead
The world consists entirely of events. Events have elements but not parts: they are indivisible because they are self-reflective and recursive. Read more
THE PROBLEM OF GOOD II
Eschatology • God
An earlier essay in this collection, The Problem of Good, showed that the famous “Problem of Evil” is really just a special case (mathematicians would call it a “degenerate case”) of a much la... Read more
PSALM 126
Eschatology • Science • Time
“Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed, Will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundled sheaves. Read more
FRACTAL
Being • Christ • Culture • Eschatology • God • Science • Trinity
Have you ever been in a fun house? If so, you probably visited the Hall of Mirrors. You enter and all around you are mirrors. Read more
COMPETING CREEDS
Culture • Eschatology • God
The Nicene Creed is the foundational statement of belief for most Christian churches. To the casual reader, some of its assertions may seem difficult and, well, in-credible. Read more
THEOLOGY 101
Anaximander • Eschatology • Existentialism • Genesis • God • Parmenides • Time • Trinity • Whitehead
Theology 101 is comprehensive…but not complete. Questions remain to be answered, themes need to be further developed. Read more
HOLOGRAM
Eschatology • Prayer
Although the story is told twice, once in Matthew and once in Luke, both versions amount to a single account of Jesus teaching his disciples to pray, the only such account in all scripture. Read more
PSALM 146
Eschatology • Existentialism • God • Prayer • Time
The Old Testament Book of Psalms consists of 150 Psalms, divided into 5 ‘books’. The last 5 Psalms of the final book (Psalms 146 – 150) constitute the climax of the entire work. Read more
PSALM 151
Eschatology • God • Prayer • Whitehead
“The Book of Psalms consists of 150 songs praising or exhorting God” - (Psalms, another essay in this collection). Read more
PSALMS
Eschatology • God • Prayer • Trinity
The Book of Psalms consists of 150 songs praising and exhorting God. Read more
ROBERT FROST – QUANTUM MECHANIC
Christ • Culture • Eschatology • Existentialism • Science
Robert Frost’s 1916 poem, The Road Not Taken, appears to be a comment on existential angst and the human condition; and on one level it is no doubt just exactly that. Read more
RIGHT AND JUST written by David Cowles
Being • Christ • Eschatology • God • Whitehead
In Roman Catholic liturgy, the Eucharistic Prayer, the central event of the Mass that incorporates the Transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ (“this is my body…this... Read more
OWL AND PUSSYCAT written by David Cowles
Culture • Eschatology
No, our title does not refer to a pub in London…though if it did, I would certainly be having a pint there. Read more
CORINTHIANS written by David Cowles
Anaximander • Christ • Eschatology • God • John & Paul • Parmenides • Politics • Whitehead
In the Bible’s New Testament, 14 letters (or epistles) have traditionally been attributed to Paul of Tarsus, St. Paul. Read more
NORSE MYTHOLOGY written by David Cowles
Culture • Eschatology • Pound & Joyce • Trinity • Whitehead
Beyond the works of Wagner (The Ring),Tolkien (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) and, of course, Marvel Comics, most of what we know about Norse Mythology comes from just two sources: The Elder Edda, ... Read more
CHRISTMAS written by David Cowles
Christ • Eschatology • God • Whitehead
On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Nazarene who Christians believe is the Christ, the Messiah foretold throughout Old Testament scripture. Read more
APOCALYPSE NOW!
Eschatology • Parmenides • Whitehead
No, not the movie…the Eucharist! Much of Christian eschatology is organized around two concepts: Apocalypse and Parousia, ancient Greek words commonly translated as “revelation” and “coming... Read more
ECBATAN
Eschatology • Parmenides • Pound & Joyce • Time
“Great bulk, huge mass, thesaurus; Ecbatan, the clock ticks and fades out The bride awaiting the god’s touch; Ecbatan, City of patterned streets; again the vision:” – Ezra Pound, Canto V ... Read more
FRAGMENT 8
Being • Eschatology • Parmenides • Whitehead
What is the most important single work in Western philosophical tradition? Is it Plato’s Timaeus? John’s Gospel? Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason? Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations? ... Read more
TOPOLOGY OF THEOLOGY
Eschatology • God • Parmenides • Science • Trinity
At least since the Enlightenment, Westerners have been looking at the world in a very particular way. Read more
REVELATION
Christ • Eschatology • God • John & Paul • Parmenides • Whitehead
In its introduction to the Book of Revelation, the New American Bible (Revised Edition), currently the official translation of the Roman Catholic Church, states: “The Apocalypse, or Revelation to Jo... Read more
ESCHATON REVISTED
Eschatology • Parmenides • Science
Eschatology is traditionally defined as the study of the four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Read more
LORD'S PRAYER
Eschatology • God • Prayer • Whitehead
Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Read more
ECCLESIASTES
Being • Eschatology • Existentialism • God • Politics
“Vanity of vanities. All things are vanity. Read more
GRACE
Eschatology • God • Whitehead
“We are not what we are and we are what we are not.” --- Jean Paul Sartre Our being is really a perpetual becoming. We are never static, never at rest. Read more
THE MANY WORLDS INTERPRETATION OF NOH
Culture • Eschatology • Heraclitus • Pound & Joyce • Science
"You do not dip twice in the river/Beneath the same tree's shadow/Without bonds in some other life." Heraclitus? No. Read more
HENRY MOORE AT ST. PAUL'S
Being • Christ • Culture • Eschatology • God • Time
If you want to understand what’s special about the Christian world view, travel to London and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral. Read more
SUFFICIENT & NECESSARY?
Christ • Eschatology • God • Heraclitus • John & Paul • Whitehead
Scientists, philosophers and even theologians build models in an attempt to explain phenomena they’ve observed, whether results of laboratory tests, recurrent patterns in nature or prayer experienc... Read more
COLOSSIANS
Christ • Eschatology • God • John & Paul • Prayer
There are three fundamental doctrines that characterize the world view generally known as Christianity: Creation, Incarnation and Salvation. Read more