Illustrating the microcosm and macrocosm

Between 1617 and 1621 the English physician and polymath Robert Fludd published his History of the Two Worlds (Utriusque Cosmi), a book split into two volumes and packed with over sixty intricate engravings. The two worlds in question are the microcosm of human existence and the macrocosm of the universe, which includes the spiritual realm … Continue reading Illustrating the microcosm and macrocosm

Praise for the four elements

PRAISE FOR THE FOUR ELEMENTS  (light a candle) God, we thank you and give you praise for brother Fire.  We walk by Fire’s light. Even through darkened times and places, Fire illuminates each step along the path, Even when the distant view is unclear and in shadow.  Fire purifies us, burning away the cluttered underbrush … Continue reading Praise for the four elements

Exploring the Macrocosm and Microcosm

I thought I’d put together a little primer on esoteric Christian anthropology and cosmology. Christian Anthropology In Christian theology, there are two competing views regarding the nature of humanity. The “tripartite view” holds that humanity is a composite of three distinct components: body, soul, and spirit. In contrast the “bipartite view” holds that the soul … Continue reading Exploring the Macrocosm and Microcosm

What Is Natural Theology?

The following explanation of Natural Theology is sourced from the Gifford Lectures. Traditionally natural theology is the term used for the attempt to prove the existence of God and divine purpose through observation of nature and the use of human reason. Seen in a more positive light natural theology is the part of theology that does … Continue reading What Is Natural Theology?

My Fear of the Sound of an Axe

Celtic monks left the forest standing at the sites of their monasteries rather than cut them. Adaman, Columba’s biographer, tells the story of how the Irish King Aedh gave a plot of land in Doire to Columba: And he [Columba] had so great a love for Doire, and the cutting of the oak trees went … Continue reading My Fear of the Sound of an Axe

Land and biblical theology

An excerpt from Jesus and the Land by Gary M. Burge "Walter Brueggemann is correct when he suggests that land might be the central theme of biblical faith. “Biblical faith is the pursuit of historical belonging that includes a sense of destiny derived from such belonging.” And if this is so, he continues, land might … Continue reading Land and biblical theology

Fertility and Divinity

With the grass being so lush and green this Beltane, with all the heat and rain, I’ve been meditating on YHWH as the source of life and fertility. In the process I’ve stumbled across a critique of Karl Barth by Walter Brueggemann, where he suggests Barth overplayed his hand in depicting YHWH as god of … Continue reading Fertility and Divinity

Beyond human-centred faith

I find the biggest difference with deeper greener styles of Christianity is their post-anthropocentrism. That is, they are not so human centred. Instead of limiting their spiritual focus to the relationship of God to humanity, or even more myopically, of God to the individual, a more expansive awareness is embraced. So not only is the relationship of God to the human considered but so … Continue reading Beyond human-centred faith

The story of the sower

Spring has me thinking of the story of the sower. This image illustrates the story from a variety of cultural perspectives. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Gospel of Mark retells it like this: Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got … Continue reading The story of the sower