Eros

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/studioeddies/4079286463/,originally uploaded by Eriko.N. With the dwindling of mystery, enchantment, and longing, we have also lost much of our willingness to risk falling in love. Sex is fine, but why muddle it up with emotions and all that nasty baggage? Self-protectiveness certainly advises against it. And material science, invariably the final authority, gives ‘love’ no…
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Today’s Question

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Candlelight,originally uploaded by todd_young. Life in ancient and medieval times – teeming with poverty, disease, cruelty and war – was hardly enviable. The concern of the Enlightenment was to alter this. Rather than a world of countless suffering serfs and a few princes living in luxury off their labor, a great humanitarian endeavor was undertaken…
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My interview with the staff of Roberts Woods Farm on ‘Spirit of the Berkshires’

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Roberts Woods Farm provides educational, cultural, and therapeutic riding opportunities centered on the friendly Icelandic horse.  They provide lessons, workshops, and clinics that contribute to the cognitive, emotional and social well-being of special needs children and adults. Spirit of the Berkshires – Episode 13 from Andrew Cort on Vimeo.

Who Exactly Were the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes?

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Saint John the Baptist,originally uploaded by MCS@flickr. In Roman-occupied Judea, various groups and ‘movements’ were shaped and motivated by the sentiments and events of a corrupt and violent time. The Sadducees were mostly members of the wealthy conservative elite. They had long since opened their hearts to the secular world of Greek culture and commerce,…
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The Helen Thomas Issue

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El cumpleaños 48 del Presidente Obama,originally uploaded by Embajada de Estados Unidos en Bolivia. I just received an e-mail from a friend who writes, “Helen Thomas just lost her job as a reporter for the Press Corps. For saying that Jews should go back to Germany. The attitude was ‘go back to the ovens.’ ”…
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Our “Exquisitively Stupid Cleverness”

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Science Fun,originally uploaded by jurvetson. The ‘real’ world that is portrayed by positivist science has quantities but no qualities, and is without significance. Quantities are objective characteristics which can be measured, weighed, or counted. These are not matters of opinion. But qualities can be debated: a person coming in from a snowstorm into a sixty…
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Suggestibility

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Fashion show, originally uploaded by dominikgolenia. We live in a culture in which style has achieved primacy over substance. Although the original conception of democracy meant that social equality was more important than a social elite, and therefore the symbols of an elite were rejected, we now take the contorted alternative view that the symbols…
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Being Human

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Yin + Yang,originally uploaded by h.koppdelaney. The purpose of science is to unravel mysteries within the physical world. It is not the purpose of science to discover a sacred meaning behind the physical world or to arrogantly pretend to ‘prove’ that no such meaning exists. The purpose of religion is not to explain material phenomena…
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Episode 19 of my TV show, ‘Spirit of the Berkshires’. Guest: author and artist Rev. Janet McKinstry

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Janet sculpts extraordinary marionettes, puts on puppet shows, makes environmentally friendly bags, and has just published a great new children’s book: “Rosie and Friends — Unleashed in Berkshire County”  Spirit of the Berkshires – Episode 19 from Andrew Cort on Vimeo.

Sacred Presence

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originally uploaded by mikebaird. In more primitive cultures, a sacred ‘presence’ was part of one’s normal experience. The gods of Homer’s Greece were part of everyone’s daily life. The sharp difference that we ascribe to secular matters and sacred matters would make no sense to a Shaman. In the Garden of Eden, God walked about…
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