Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

Destroy your own heritage

Still can’t get my mind around it – France and Germany, two of the richest nations on the planet, culturally, definers of “European” in a way we never were – the highest reaches mankind managed before today’s dystopia:

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Sun worship

The one on the left is a priestly sacrifice to the sun god, the one in the middle is on the temple of Apollo, Pergamon museum, Berlin, the one on the right is the Assyrian crescent moon holding up the sun god. Wiki:

The cult of the Mnevis bull, an embodiment of Ra, had its center in Heliopolis and there was a formal burial ground for the sacrificed bulls north of the city.

All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra, who called each of them into existence by speaking their secret names.

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Of Fry and Free Will

First, Penseivat:

Some years ago, a bloke called Epicurus wrote:

“If he is able to stop evil, but not willing, then he is not benevolent.
If he is willing, but not able, then he is not omnipotent.
If he is able and willing, then whence comes evil?
If he is neither able nor willing, then why call him God?”

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Science and Religion

There are dogmatic axioms which I refuse to accept. One of them is that “science” and “religion” must mutually debunk the other.

One of them deals with the physical world and one the spiritual. To say that one of them does not exist [because our primitive perceptive equipment can’t pick it up] is so myopic I can’t believe it from scientists and in fact, I make a distinction between scientists and atheistic Rationalists. One is a process, the other is a dogma, a High Church and I reject High Churches of any kind.

My own approach has always been cautious, empirical, investigative. None of those words implies any sort of superiority or ego, they just describe a process. My acceptance of a spiritual dimension is due to my reading of history, which was my job at one time. You are perfectly entitled to disagree and show reasons why that’s not your reading but in my book, that’s the end on’t.… More here ...