Twenty. Gifts

i am part of a denomination which has a very strange attitude to women. women in general are, not unlike the children of the victorian era, to be seen, but not heard. women who think about ministry, however little, are to be walked through like they did not exist at all. yes, there are few…

the bit about why all religions are the only ones

there is the russian saying (at least my mother said it was a russian proverb, but the russians say it is a proverb of sb else further east) – the crow calls her little crow chick the whitest, the mother-hedgehog calls her pup hedgehog the softest. and is it not the same with religions? nobody…

before entropy is victorious

we still can manage to look at those we value high, and tell them that we do. we still have the days, and hours, and minutes, to befriend those we care for. we are alive, and can live now – not tomorrow, not yesterday. the ever now is the kairos, is where the divine is.…

sacral spaces (with some bells on)

the sacral space is the same in size (or volume), regardless of the time-space it occupies at a given moment. this causes two problems in humans: first, their refusal to see the sacral space for what it is, second, their inability to celebrate the sacral in any meaningful way. if a society or culture remove…

hogfather – high definition (or why the sun will not rise)

terry pratchett  is, and will be, one of my all-time favourite authors who, possibly, can do no wrong in a literary creative sense. his books are precise, observant, real, witty, scathing, clever, unforgettable and extremely well formulated. films, of course, are not books. films are too visual. in addition, any film featuring anyterry pratchett work, will be…

on judgement day, gods and the april fools come late

and so, my students said, saturday will be the judgement day. and then i asked – do you have the grammar exam so early? no, they said, it’s more like the end of the world come this saturday. so i went to the google, and dug round a bit. it turned out to be much…

english is my religion

in the beginning, there was a language, and a kid. the language was centuries older than the kid. then the language was grafted onto the kid, and the language grew into a world. but the kid loved mathematics, and regarded the language only as a useful tool. as i look back at my school years…

horseless apocalypse

the horsemen (2009). a film about a police inspector solving a series of murders thematically tied to the four horsemen of the apocalipse, only to find out that his own son is one of the said horsemen. it is a film about this horribly crippled world, and, in a sense, about what happens when people…

when you complain, are you sure you are completely right?

in the martha, mary and jesus story (lk. 10:38-41), we see three main sides and quite a few side-sides. first: martha. she is so busy with how to make things proper. so upset about not meeting the high standards she has set for herself and her environment. so concentrated on what has to be done…

of sins against faith and morality

at times, i fail to understand. my brain is too simple, too even, too illogical. consider this: the holy see (maybe didn’t) published the Modifications made in the Normae de gravioribus delictis on 15 july 2010. the said modifications were adopted in may 2010, in response to multiple accusations and court cases involving paedophile priests.…

lost fingertips

so. here is this dream. it repeats – not regularly, but often enough to have accumulated variants that i remember. it is not a first person dream, and it usually contains no pictures, only textual descriptions and feelings. therefore i will use /me instead of me, and /them instead of them. /me is walking through…

immeasurable

What would have happened to Christianity, if the initial doctrine were discussed by a philosophical tradition other than the Greeks? Maybe we would have a more holistic religion, a religion where more is done and less talked about doing. Maybe we would have a different religion, a more paradoxal one. Reading the church Fathers, I…

Easterly thoughts

Some days ago, they asked me in a classroom: do you believe in god. I said, it was not the matter of this class. They said they needed to identify me, and I said, I was me, and that was identity enough. Yes, do I believe in god. That is a very good question. I…

Unserious

Before i do anything sreious about things, or actually, because I have been doing so many serious things… You fit in with: Judeo-Christian Your ideals mostly resemble those of the Judeo-Christian faith. You have the capacity for immense faith and spirituality. At your core, you believe in justice, goodness and redemption. 20% spiritual. 60% faith-oriented.…

exploring the olds

No news here, though. Except that ‘Liberal’ bit. But this one was fun to try. According to the SelectSmart.com Belief System Selector, my #1 belief match is Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants. What do you believe? Visit SelectSmart.com/RELIGION