“Let Us Pretend”

“Let Us Pretend”
December 27, 2015 / September 4, 2016

When evangelical Christians say they talk to God, what do they mean?
Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann wanted to find out, so she spent two years as a participant observer in a Charismatic church, talking to the congregation and even praying herself.
She says prayer involves cultivating the imagination. Luhrmann also describes her cross-cultural study of schizophrenics who hear voices.

Charles Monroe-Kane

Did God Talk to Me?
December 27, 2015 / September 4, 2016

TTBOOK producer and interviewer Charles Monroe-Kane started hearing voices when he was a child. He became a child preacher once he thought God was talking to him. Years later Charles realized those voices were the product of mental illness, though he says there was something “beautiful” about hearing those voices.

The Matrix. Gnosticism.

The Spiritual Message of ‘The Matrix’
Authors Find Inspiration in Film’s Mythology of Fighting for Truth
May 16, 2003

This idea is not new — it mirrors the 2,000-year-old spiritual tradition of Gnosticism, an early form of Christianity. “Gnosticism maintains that the world that we’re living in is not the ultimate reality,” says Frances Flannery Dailey, who teaches religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. “It believes that the god who created this world is not the ultimate god — there is a higher God, a transcendent reality.”

“Religion and spirituality are communicated to our culture by movies much more than they are by traditional venues of synagogue or church,” Garrett says. “A really good myth does more than just create a symbolic world. It articulates the feelings that a culture already feels or believes.”


Monkeys don’t solve problems in quantum mechanics

Do we see reality as it is?
Donald Hoffman
TED. March 2015

The relationship between brain activity and conscious experiences is still a mistery.
Some experts think that we can’t solve this problem. Because we lack the necessary concepts and intelligence.
We don’t expect monkeys to solve problems in quantum mechanics.

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Theology of the cross

Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders
September 17, 2015

that’s what I became so incredibly attracted to. And then, the third thing is really this thing called theology of the cross, this idea that God is so present in suffering. Like, in our suffering, we feel like God’s absent, but God’s actually especially present in human suffering.


A Buddhist Ritual

Adopting A Buddhist Ritual To Mourn Miscarriage
August 15, 2015

When parents lose a child, there are rituals to mark their grief — holding funerals, sitting shiva, bringing casseroles. But when that loss happens before birth, it often isn’t marked. Sometimes, it’s barely even mentioned. It’s different in Japan, which has a traditional Buddhist ceremony that some Americans are adopting as their own.


After Miscarriage, Missing The Luxury Of Grieving
August 19, 2011

Joan Borysenko on Discernment

Joan Borysenko on Discernment
July 2010

How do you tell the difference between your own wishful thinking, your own desiring, your own fear and actual guidance?
That’s an important question because a lot of what passes for spirituality is people wanting to find a way to get their own way. And that’s not spirituality, at all.

When we asked a religious leader “How do you tell the difference between your ego and guidance?”, he laughed and replied “If you have the answer to that question, I’ll become your disciple.”

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