Visions of a Meditating Jesus

Meditation is not as foreign to Christianity as many think. Meditation is mentioned frequently in the book of Psalms for instance, though notably the focus of the psalmists is much more on the who than the how of it, as is typical of Jewish and Christian practice. What follows is a sizeable collection of images … Continue reading Visions of a Meditating Jesus

A word of encouragement for Christians on the margins

I meet a lot of disenchanted Christians and former Christians who think they’re alone in their desire for expressions of Christianity that are more engaged with nature, more empowering of women, and more encouraging of creative expression. And it is true that many Christians give such concerns lip service at best; some being outright hostile … Continue reading A word of encouragement for Christians on the margins

Do not envy the violent

The book of Proverbs cautions against envying the violent. But we live in a society that glorifies violence, that sees it as entertaining even. It is hard not to follow in their ways. It is easy to sit in judgment on cultures like that of the Romans, saying that they were barbaric in their gladiator … Continue reading Do not envy the violent

Hell from a Buddhist Perspective

An image from the 12th century "Jigoku Zoshi (Hell Scroll)" located at the Nara National Museum in Japan. It depicts a Japanese Buddhist version of Hell. The primary difference between Buddhist versions of Hell and Christian versions of Hell has to do with their different conceptions of time. Buddhist regard time as circular, so stays … Continue reading Hell from a Buddhist Perspective

The Christian alchemy of Heinrich Khunrath

I have been researching the Lutheran alchemists again, this time Heinrich Khunrath (1590 - 1605). He was a German physician, hermetic philosopher, and alchemist whose most famous work was Ampitheatrum Sapientae Aeternae (Ampitheatre of Eternal Wisdom). John Warwick Montgomery has pointed out that Johann Arndt (1555 - 1621), who was an influential author of Lutheran … Continue reading The Christian alchemy of Heinrich Khunrath