Charles Fillmore and Spiritual Vegetarianism

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Charles Fillmore and Spiritual Vegetarianism

[For over forty years, from the late nineteenth century into the 1930’s, Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity School of Christianity, wrote passionately about the physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmfulness of eating animal foods, and the necessity of a plant-based diet for anyone serious about developing spiritual maturity and contributing to world peace. He…
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Shavuot: The Sacred Marriage of Heaven and Earth

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Shavuot: The Sacred Marriage of Heaven and Earth

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot (also called the “Festival of Weeks” because it comes precisely seven weeks after Passover) commemorates God’s gift of the Torah to Moses on Mt. Sinai after the Exodus from slavery. This year, the holiday begins tomorrow night, the eve of June 3rd. It is customary to decorate synagogues and homes…
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A Wee Bit About Atheism and Religion

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A Wee Bit About Atheism and Religion

I’ve often said that if atheism’s description of religion was actually all that religion is, I’d be the first atheist in line. “Atheism is a necessary protest against the wickedness of the Churches and the narrowness of creeds. God uses it as a stone to smash these soiled card-houses.” “How much hatred and stupidity men…
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WE HAVE IT ALL WRONG. WOMEN SAVE US FROM “THE FALL”

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WE HAVE IT ALL WRONG. WOMEN SAVE US FROM “THE FALL”

After the famous incident at the Burning Bush, when God told Moses to return to Egypt and free his people, he took his wife Zipporah and their two sons and began the journey. A very strange thing that no one ever mentions then occurred that very first night: At a night encampment on the way,…
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FULFILLING SCRIPTURE?

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FULFILLING SCRIPTURE?

The Hebrew Bible is not a prophecy about the coming of Jesus, nor is it discussing or predicting anything at all about his life. For example, Isaiah prophesizes that a region of the Jewish state would one day be delivered from the tyranny of Assyria, and Matthew adopts Isaiah’s words as if they were a…
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IS HUMAN REASON THE PINNACLE OF CREATION?

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IS HUMAN REASON THE PINNACLE OF CREATION?

One of the things that interests me in Huston Smith’s book “The World’s Religions” is this comment on the question of the God-Man nature of Jesus: “We may begin with the doctrine of the Incarnation, which took several centuries to fix into place. Holding as it does that in Christ God assumed a human body,…
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The Disaster of Aristotle

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The Disaster of Aristotle

Aristotle revered Plato, but his was a more ‘this-worldly’ temperament. He was an empirical scientist down to the core. There could be nothing in the intellect, he asserted absolutely, that did not get there via the senses. He quickly abandoned Plato’s premise of distinct levels of existence: for Aristotle, there was no purely intelligible realm…
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DO THE GOSPELS TEACH US TO HATE?

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DO THE GOSPELS TEACH US TO HATE?

My personal bias is that a statement in the Bible is never ‘wrong’ or a ‘later addition’ or such like. When something rubs us the wrong way and seems ‘off’ (like this verse), we have to look harder for the inner hidden meaning behind the words. What do they symbolize and really mean? Whoever comes…
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What Was Destroyed.

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What Was Destroyed.

In the blink of an eye, an entire people were slaughtered and an entire civilization was destroyed by American guns, soldiers, and unspeakable treachery. Not everything the Native American people did was noble or wonderful. They had their share of flaws, their share of violence, their share of cruelty. They also had their share of…
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What Do We Want When We Pray?

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What Do We Want When We Pray?

What exactly are we supposed to ask for when we pray? The usual understanding is that we are supposed to be asking for something for ourselves – happiness, health, success – or, if we are feeling altruistic, something for others – peace, healing, prosperity. But Christ teaches his disciples a prayer that is not about…
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CAN RELIGIOUS PEOPLE THINK FOR THEMSELVES?

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CAN RELIGIOUS PEOPLE THINK FOR THEMSELVES?

Ramakrishna would agree with the great American Protestant theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, who said we need to take religion seriously, but not literally. Niebuhr recognized that Religion is an important part of life for many people, but he didn’t advocate a narrow sanctimonious piety or an excuse for arrogance and divisiveness. Religion should not keep people…
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