The Minimum Working Hypothesis

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“Research into sense-experience – motivated and guided by a working hypothesis; leading, through logical inference to the formulation of an explanatory theory; and resulting in appropriate technological action.  That is natural science.  No working hypothesis means no motive for research, no reason for making one experiment rather than another, no way of bringing sense or order into the observed facts.  Contrawise, too much working hypothesis means … Continue reading

Be Melting Snow

Totally conscious, and apropos of nothing, you come to see me. Is someone here? I ask. The moon. The full moon is inside your house. My friends and I go running out into the street. I’m in here, comes a voice from the house, but we aren’t listening. We’re looking up at the sky. My pet nightingale sobs like a drunk in the garden. Ringdoves … Continue reading


  I’m a little behind the ball on this one, but I just saw Her at the dollar theater this weekend. Wow. I never thought I would enjoy a movie which is almost exclusively about emotional intimacy, but somehow this did it.  Basically all you do is follow the ups and downs in the relationship between Joaquin and his Artificially Intelligent Operating System (Scarlett Johannsen).  … Continue reading

John Hick on the Metaphor of God Incarnate

“The traditional Christian understanding of Jesus of Nazareth is that he was God incarnate, who became a man to die for the sins of the world and who founded the church to proclaim this.  If he was indeed God incarnate, Christianity is the only religion founded by God in person, and must as such be uniquely superior to all other religions. In this book I … Continue reading

A Series of Quotes from The Cloud of Unknowing: Moderation

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“Now if you ask me what sort of moderation you should observe in the contemplative work, I will tell you: none at all. In everything else, such as eating, drinking, and sleeping, moderation is the rule.  Avoid extremes of heat and cold; guard against too much and too little in reading, prayer, or social involvement.  In all these things, I say again, keep to the … Continue reading

Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They … Continue reading

So Many Skins


“A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves. Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.” – Meister Eckhart … Continue reading

A Poem by St. John of the Cross

His experience of the soul’s seeking, and finding, its Beloved God… One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings -ah, the sheer grace!- I went out unseen, my house being now all stilled. In darkness, and secure, by the secret ladder, disguised, -ah, the sheer grace!- in darkness and concealment, my house being now all stilled. On that glad night, in secret, for no one … Continue reading

Intimacy with God: Review

Synopsis:  “We are summoned into the presence of God by the fact of our birth, but we become present to God only by our consent.  As our faculties and capacities to relate gradually develop and unfold, the capacity to enter into relationship with God increases, and each new depth of presence requires a new consent.”  Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer, by Thomas … Continue reading

Freedom from Self


“Conversion, the movement toward the Lord, is a process of disenchantment with the ego, recognizing how truly afraid and poor it is.  The only way people can ever be freed from their fears is to be freed from themselves.  There is almost a complete correlation between the amount of fear in our lives and the amount of attachment we have to ourselves.  The person who … Continue reading

Reluctant Saint

“Francis was no theoretician of the spiritual life.  He never spoke of God in any but experiential terms, because he was a witness to a living and acting God.  He could speak only of what he saw, heard and felt.  In this regard, he remains before us, across the centuries, as an example of what God can do – which is primarily to astonish, to … Continue reading

Crimes and Misdemeanors

. This movie is a hot mess of the interplay between moral philosophy and the existence/non-existence of God…and I mean that in the best way possible.  Just watched Woody’s newest, Blue Jasmine.  All I can say is “Wha happened?”  His old stuff is still good though… … Continue reading

Karl Barth on the Word of God

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“This is what we mean when we call the Bible God’s Word…The Bible is God’s Word to the extent that God causes it to be His Word, to the extent He speaks through it…The Bible, then, becomes God’s Word in this event, and in the statement that the Bible is God’s Word, the little word “is” refers to its being in this becoming.” – Karl … Continue reading

A Thought on our Motivations


Most of us are motivated primarily by: The felt evolutionary-biological need to reproduce. Our own vanity. I’m not sure which is a function of the other. The saints, losing their individual wills, are motivated by the love of God and neighbor.  Every once in a while we get the chance to experience what the saints do.  And it’s nice. … Continue reading

Three Questions


It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake. And this thought having occurred to him, he … Continue reading