Goodness – Where does it come from?

We can find plenty of goodness in the world. Human patience, generosity, forgiveness, and tolerance abound. It’s just as well. How else could we hope to tackle crime, moderate the effects of tyranny, lessen terrorism, and decrease warfare? Bad things if left to themselves will go their own ‘unsweet way’ and cause immense hardship, pain … Continue reading Goodness – Where does it come from?

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Meditation – Finding God in it?

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For some people, there appears to be no presence of God in the world and in their lives. No God in religious ceremony. No God in sacred writing. No God in prayer. If you cannot find God in these ways then you might wonder, ‘Can I find God in meditation?’ Meditation practice The various traditions … Continue reading Meditation – Finding God in it?

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Heaven, Hell & Other Places

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Film about Emanuel Swedenborg Written and presented by the novelist Philip Makatrewicz, the documentary explores the central themes of Swedenborg’s life and work, charting his journey from scientific genius to mystical savant – messiah to some, madman to others. Examining the influence his vast and varied writings have had in the spheres of science, literature, … Continue reading Heaven, Hell & Other Places

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Was Swedenborg a mystic?

Someone suggested that if you talk to God, it’s prayer but if God talks to you, its schizophrenia. How could Swedenborg, with a European reputation as a scientist, turn to what seems like mysticism? This short video produced by Science and the Outer Streams shows Jonathan Rose a prominent Swedenborgian scholar being interviewed by Andy Nesky about this issue. … Continue reading Was Swedenborg a mystic?

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – A review

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This novel is one of President Obama’s favourite books. It is widely acclaimed as a book of meditative calm and spiritual intensity. Despite its success with a secular audience it unusually has a lot of openly religious content. Revd. John Ames is a Congregational minister and the chief character and narrator. He had experienced great sorrow for a long time in his life after the death of his wife and daughter. Many years later when 69 years of age however he meets and marries his second wife, Lila, who is much younger than him. The book has a quiet gentle almost mystical feeling of peaceful old age – a letting go of the things of life. John remembers grief but never without comfort, loneliness but never without peace.

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