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Sometimes the Bible appears to be inconsistent, because there are many voices and perspectives, each with their own culture and backgrounds.For example, Genesis 1 and 2 are inconsistent, but they are written by different schools of thought at different times. One is a spiritual view of creation, and the other a more materialistic teaching. It is hard to sometimes translate spiritual vision...
400th Anniversary of the King James Bible
Four hundred years ago a book was published in England by decree of James Stuart – better known as King James the First. It was not particularly popular or well-liked at the time, but it went on to become the most well-read book of the English- speaking world. The “King James Bible” was born in 1611 against the backdrop of Elizabethan England, when the English language itself was coming into full...
The Royal Wedding
In an age of cynicism and criticism, where failure is expected, and society waits hoping for better days, a young couple make their commitment to each other in the most public manner possible. In front of roughly 2 billion people around the world. But what of the institution of marriage? Is it relevant today? Do we need it? Many feel that we don’t. Yet here is a young couple, who are really...
Mary Baker Eddy and Keith Richards????
What do Mary Baker Eddy and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have in common? Only Amazon.com and Steven Saum know. Here is a delightful little piece that brought a smile to my face. http://www.kqed.org/a/perspectives/R201104260735
There is a Spirit in Man
I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in an earthquake such as just hit Japan. I cannot imagine the pain of knowing your loved ones were swept away in a tsunami of unimaginable proportions, but what I am able to do is feel tremendous empathy and compassion as I watch the unfolding drama from video clips, and see if there is, in some small way, something I can do to help. The Bible says...
Isn’t it interesting that after Christmas come the New Year resolutions. The most obvious one that I hear a lot is to lose weight. The fitness classes are all full for the first few weeks after Christmas, the diet companies are awash with registrants with good intentions, and then everyone starts to trail off. The classes begin to empty and the diet companies begin to lose numbers. This is the...
International Women's Day - who inspires us?
Throughout history there have been many luminaries, and not a few have also been religious leaders. As a Christian Scientist, I have found the teachings and healing works of Christ Jesus to be intensely inspiring. And building upon that led me to a woman called Mary Baker Eddy, who in the 19th century dared to speak and write about religious theology, and founded a church with a mission to heal...
The practice of gentleness
The Practice of Gentleness As I write this, I have a four-foot deep, mud-filled trench at the back of my house, the contractor is banging loudly as he finishes the siding, and my electricity panel looks like a hedgehog with loads of wires sticking out into fresh air. Needless to say, we’ve had no power all day. And tomorrow the drills will arrive to dig up the concrete in our front patio. If this...
Whose tree is it anyway?
One of the things surrounding the debate about religion and spirituality that is most troubling perhaps, is the entrenched positions that are often taken in the discussion about the subject. Atheists are aggressively taken to task by the religious, while some atheists are less than respectful when actively deriding religion. Religions are often themselves caught in opposing camps as to who is...
What inspires you?
How do some individuals rise above being victims and, through their courage, persistence or desire to do the ‘impossible,’ and serve as influential role models for us all? What part do spirituality and religion play in this? Can religious and spiritual individuals be an inspiration today? I have read many comments on this blog from those who see religion as constraining, controlling and negatively...