Dances With Wolves, which I watched in segments over the past week, is like a parable for the ecological damage done to the world. It was more than a parable to the Native Americans who experienced it directly, in many cases all the way to their own premature deaths. When they spoke of “the white men coming” in the film, Continue Reading
More gnostic theology. People who actually value public engagement and public policy as a crucial collaboration with human civilization in order to actually help people and planet are seen to be “dangerous” somehow. This is gnosticism at it’s most destructive.
“All of our lenses have various perspectival tints, but Western worldviews seem to have several in common, including the foundational influence of Platonic dualism, inherited from the Greeks. This particular influence absolutizes the realm of the abstract (spirit, soul, mind) and reduces the importance of the concrete realm (earth, body, material), disengaging them from one another. In dualistic thinking, we Continue Reading
“The left is rightly committed to a separation of church and state … but we need to not be afraid to invoke arguments that are convincing on why Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction.” This is a very good brief statement on a “Church and State Separation” articulation that also does not preclude “ANY mention” Continue Reading
More thoughts on “We scientists don’t know how to do that” quote (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/progressivemethodists/permalink/1644595002310632/ ) Many are sharing this and commenting on its profundity. I agree that it is a profound statement. I have also seen it pressed into service of lobbying against actual efforts to address Climate Change. I first noticed this at the 2016 General Conference, where this graphic quote Continue Reading
I understand, and even agree wholeheartedly, with the following, with a few reservations about the critique: “ ‘Our Planet’ talks about climate change without ever mentioning the industrial activity that’s led to it. The on-screen solutions are big picture conservation ones like protecting more of the oceans, which we should do, but neither the show nor the website explain how Continue Reading
Seems a good time for another reminder/recommendation of the PBS Nova episode, rich with information and explanation/exploration of important science information about this ecological situation in which we find ourselves. There’s so much disinformation being accepted which causes a very dangerous dismissal of the urgency of this, or even its existence. Decoding the Weather Machine | Season 45 Episode 7 Continue Reading
I posted this share of a great blog post sent around by Leah Jacobs Schade last week, and I was just re-pondering it a few minutes ago, and posting it to group that I’ve been attempting to “evangelize” for the better part of the past year, since March of 2018 (this is a group that is mostly very conservative United Methodists. I have Continue Reading
I offered up this comment on this insightful and well-written blog post by Chris Kratzer: Thank you for this, Chris. Very well said. I would offer up this “verse” to your “we are Trump” litany: Every time we participate in our civilization’s devastation of the earth in the course of living in this out of control ecological ticking time bomb, and Continue Reading
Even further back than the 50’s (we knew this because video existed from the TV Science lesson that was then broadcast….see it at this link on YouTube: ). Now this, from 1912. I expect that there was a flurry of research that transpired after that study in 1912 (and which was probably and “skillfully” kept under wraps by the rapidly Continue Reading
“Climate change is the result of our current economic and industrial system. GND-style proposals marry sweeping environmental policy changes with broader socialist reforms because the level of disruption required to keep us at a temperature anywhere below “absolutely catastrophic” is fundamentally, on a deep structural level, incompatible with the status quo.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/18/ending-climate-change-end-capitalism Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Continue Reading
I want to reiterate again how important I think David Wallace-Wells’ latest book “The Uninhabitable Earth” is. It should be read by everyone. It’s best value is in how extensive it is in laying it all out there for us: the intricate, interconnected flow of ecological life, and how this has supported human life for tens of thousands of years Continue Reading
Of course they did. To challenge the idea that “praying” somehow “absolves” one from actual action is going to get push-back from those who wish to, in effect, live “religiously vicariously” rather than upset any patterns of living. It’s one of those social consequences of the “Gnostic” fallacy that our “religious life” is a private, “internal” matter; and that our Continue Reading
From 1997 through 2011, this was the trip/treat to the SEC tourney. Its in Nashville a lot lately, but even then, it was a basketball game fest and a lot of good food. That is no longer a family tradition since Dad passed in Dec. 2011, and I miss it on these weekends.