Sunday, February 14, 2016

I'm A Total Failure? And It's A Good Thing Too!

I'm a fan of Deborah Cox and her book, Wife Material.  Was checking out her blog today and found this post to be beneficial.

She asserts that we can inherit guilt, shame, and other emotions from previous generations.  She recommends an exercise to identify specifically these issues as a means for overcoming them.   I'll quote the end of the post as a teaser.  I hope it compels the reader to visit her blog.

You already know I’m a proponent of misbehavior. Breaking the rules and failing helps us become who we truly are. So, It’s My Fault can become, I Learned From It. And, I Should Have Known Better can become, I Did The Best I Could….And Look Where I Am Now!"

That is great advice.!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Big Bang or The Great Swelling?

My parents bought the Book of Knowledge Children's Encyclopedia, the edition published in 1952.  I enjoyed many hours with the 20 volumes while growing up.  Even before I could read, the pictures had a great effect on me.  I have them and will occasionally pick one at random to read.  The other day I was looking at an article "The Men Who Mapped the Skies."  Evidently this was before the term "Big Bang" was the standard phrase for describing the expanding universe.  On page 3860 below is reference to Edwin Hubble and Milton Humason and how they showed the it is "as though the whole universe were swelling up."
I wonder, how would our thinking about the origin of the universe change if instead of calling it the Big Bang, our name for it were "The Great Swelling?".

Full View of the Page.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Books Read in 2015

Perhaps a little late but here's a list of what I read last year:

Except for the first, which I consider to be very important, no particular order, just as they came to mind.

On Care for Our Common - Home Laudato Si'     Pope Francis

On the Mystery:  Discerning Divinity in Process     Catherine Keller

Embracing a Beautiful God     Patricia Adams Farmer

The Authenticity of Faith:  The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience     Richard Beck

Saving Appearances: A Study in Idolatry     Owen Barfield

Re-Weaving the Rainbow:  The Thought of Owen Barfield     David Lavery editor

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism     Ha-Joon Chang

The Unvanquished    William Faulkner

Don't Be Such A Scientist     Randy Olson

From Teilhard to Omega: Co-Creating an Unfinished Universe     Ilia Delio editor

The Jesus Driven Life:  Reconnecting Humanity with Jesus     Michael Hardin with contributions by Brad Jersak and Tony Bartlett

Process Theology:  Embracing Adventure with God     Bruce G. Epperly

Re-Designing God:  Nuts and Bolts of the Emerging Religion     Jeremiah Cox

A Twin Mystery     Michael R. Cates

Whose Community?  Which Interpretation?:  Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church    Merold Westphal

How (Not) To Be Secular:  Reading Charles Taylor     James K. A. Smith

Autobiography:  Truth and Fiction Relating to My Life     Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Wife Material:  A Novel of Misbehavior and Freedom     Deborah Cox

Code:  The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software     Charles Petzold

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