Truth & the Atheist-Theist debate (Vid)

Dr. Corey Anton posted a great vid (9 min.) entitled, Truth & The Atheist-Theist Debate.  I especially enjoyed the comments about the misguided skeptical attitude.  There’s good skepticism (we can all use a healthy dose of this continually), but then there’s the skepticism which bashes on ridiculous dogmatism.  Corey says, When you were two years old you told your parents, “2+2 = 4!” and they applauded you.  Good little girl/boy!  But now we’re adults.  We don’t get to say: “The world was NOT created in 7 days and created ex nihilo” and think we’ve said something substantial or revealing or profound!

Another interesting point is the erroneous over-identification of the scientific attitude with the atheistic and skeptical attitudes.  Too many folks claim they’re scientists because they have atheistic attitudes!  Hey, let’s check in with reality every now and then. Aloha!

Whatever is, in fact, IS!

Tolle’s primary message is to “Live in the Now.”  Don’t let worries about the past or future infect the now and stifle your productive action in the moment.  How do we move from where we’re at (worrying about the future and complaining about the past) and live in the Now?  USE our dysfunctional reactions to wake up by fully experiencing them when they happen.

We wrote about Troy’s question below, “Are there ever times when life just doesn’t seem to go how you want it to?” The answer for me, and most of us, is YES.  We get disappointed when things don’t go our way.  We even get ticked-off sometimes.  But Tolle has a formula to use to help us wake ourselves up, and not get drawn into complaining, unproductiveness, and suffering of feeling things just aren’t going our way: Repeat this and (somehow!) internalize it and be aware of its truth: “Whatever is, in fact, IS!!” There’s no getting around reality. Accept what is, and if you react badly to contingency, then be aware of your suffering. It may transform you. Acceptance and Surrender!  Some people are better at surrender and acceptance of what is, thus they are able to work their will and shape their lives toward good outcomes, even in the midst of the contingencies that life throws at them.  But until you’re able to surrender and accept on a continual basis, take the opportunity when you’re ticked off about contingencies to feel the reality of the phrase, “Whatever is, in fact, IS!!”

9/11–The New Pearl Harbor

Dr. David Ray Griffin

Dr. David Ray Griffin

Regarding 9/11 and the destruction of the World Trade Center: Wow!  19 backwoods guys defeated the greatest military power in the history of the world, and took down 3 skyscrapers by hitting two of them with planes… (the 3rd one, somehow, blew up by itself…I guess the terrorists got lucky)…  Not only that, but we pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to specialized companies with specialized knowledge and equipment to get buildings to “implode,” yet these bumpkins somehow did it.

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Atheism I

On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion.

It’s interesting for process theists to watch, because it shows that in order for atheistic arguments to succeed, the discussion has to center on traditional (classical) theism, and looked at from the process point of view, the discussion employs many erroneous assumptions and strawmen: Continue reading

Star Trek: The Original Series: “The Naked Time”

The crew finds six dead scientists at a station. The circumstances of their deaths are not apparent; however, the life support systems had been found shut down and all control systems frozen solid.

One of the Enterprise crewmen carelessly removes his gloves and is contaminated by a strange red liquid. Later the man notices a strange itch and begins to act irrationally. He threatens Lt. Sulu with a knife, then attempts to turn it on himself.  He is escorted to the sickbay where he later dies. Dr. McCoy is left bewildered, especially since the wounds were not that serious… Soon a bizarre affliction begins to affect other crew members and quickly spreads through the ship. They each begin to display both comical and horrific exaggerations of character. McCoy finds nothing like it in Starfleet records……….

Click to Watch “The Naked Time” (50 minutes)

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle suffered greatly–he had bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.  Then, one night, he woke up, thinking he couldn’t live with himself any longer.  He then realized that he must be two selves: The “I” and the “self” he couldn’t live with.  This was an utter shock to him.  Suddenly his mind stopped, but:

“I was fully conscious. … drawn into what seemed like a vortex of energy… my body started to shake… I heard the words “resist nothing” as if spoken from inside by chest… [I was being] sucked into a void… Suddeny, there was no more fear, and I let myself fall into that void.  I have no recollection of what happened after that.”  For the next five months he lived in an uninterrupted state of pure bliss.  After that, he was separated from everything.  No relationships, job, or home.  “I spent almost two years sitting on park benches in a state of the most intense joy.”  (From “The Power of Now” pp. 4-5)

Once he got on his feet again, people came in droves because they wanted what he had.  He simply told them they already had it, and he couldn’t really help them.  He wrote “The Power of Now” in an attempt to help people get it.

This book is amazing.  (Video is 4 min.):