The metaphor of ‘left brain vs. right brain’ is oversimplified, of course, but does have its uses. You know, the idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with reason and logic, and the right with poetry and imagination. In that sense I think it is safe to say that our culture has been dominated by the ‘left brain’ — trying to reduce everything to some tidy answer in the back of the book. For example, we hear "more math and less art!" in our collective discussions of educating our children. But I would submit that while the left brain may be sufficient to apply existing science and math, we need the right brain to create the new. (more ↠)
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December 29, 2019 10:30
December 24, 2019 18:36
When I hear the phrase "that old time religion", my thoughts turn to ALL the way back to the first century or so after Christ — as old as Christianity gets! And at that time a very allegorical approach to Scripture was popular if not the norm. Because, for them, the point of Scripture is how we can apply it to our lives. After all, Scripture is multi-layered and there are many "right" ways to approach a given passage.
December 22, 2019 10:30
A few of the hymns in our hymnal have texts of truly ancient origin, and "Let All Mortal Flesh" is one of them. It is an ancient chant of Eucharistic [Communion] devotion based on words from Habakkuk 2:20, "Let all the earth keep silence before him". The original was composed in Greek as a Cherubic Hymn for the Offertory of the Divine Liturgy of St James; the "Let All Mortal Flesh" text is probably older than the rest of the liturgy and goes back at least to 275 AD, with local churches adopting arrangements in Syriac. The identity of the original author is long lost in the misty shadows of Time. (more ↠)