This highly controversial page is for those with open minds and souls and those unwilling to make opinions and judge books by their covers (which I only do at bookstores). Because, you know, a book cover is like a block of moldy cheese...and I'm not sure where I'm going with that, so let's just skip the introduction and take a look at some...

Used Religion



constructed many years ago...when I first got "saved"
about what I've learned since then

scientific problems that arise from the Bible...and some solutions

addendum (March 2010): these pages are here for archival/education purposes, not argumentative (despite their tone)

"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain (Titus 3:9 King James Version)".

the "global flood"

Daily Devotionals

Daily excerpt from 'A Year with C. S. Lewis' and 'Wisdom from the Proverbs' for the 3rd of October

3 October

The Great Iconoclast

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy:
It doesn't matter that all the photographs of H. are bad. It doesn't matter—not much—if my memory of her is imperfect. Images, whether on paper or in the mind, are not important for themselves. Merely links. Take a parallel from an infinitely higher sphere. Tomorrow morning a priest will give me a little round, thin, cold, tasteless wafer. Is it a disadvantage—is it not in some ways an advantage—that it can't pretend the least resemblance to that with which it unites me?
I need Christ, not something that resembles Him. I want H., not something that is like her. A really good photograph might become in the end a snare, a horror, and an obstacle.
Images, I must suppose, have their use or they would not have been so popular. (It makes little difference whether they are pictures and statues outside the mind or imaginative constructions within it.) To me, however, their danger is more obvious. Images of the Holy easily become holy images—sacrosanct. My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. He is the great iconoclast. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of His presence? The Incarnation is the supreme example; it leaves all previous ideas of the Messiah in ruins. And most are 'offended' by the iconoclasm; and blessed are those who are not. But the same thing happens in our private prayers.
All reality is iconoclastic. The earthly beloved, even in this life, incessantly triumphs over your mere idea of her. And you want her to; you want her with all her resistances, all her faults, all her unexpectedness. That is, in her foursquare and independent reality. And this, not any image or memory, is what we are to love still, after she is dead.
—from A Grief Observed

Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed. Copyright © 1961 by N. W. Clerk, restored 1996 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Preface by Douglas H. Gresham copyright © 1994 by Douglas H. Gresham. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

October 3

Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them (22:5).

The path looked like it would take forever. The house was just over the ridge, but the path wound all the way around the other side of the hill. The climb looked easy enough to go straight across. They left the path, and started up the incline. The growth was thick and the footing was treacherous. As they reached the top, the way was blocked by thorn bushes and stickers. They were too dense to push through, but when they turned to leave the soft earth shifted, and they pitched into the brambles. The more they struggled, the worse the thorns stabbed and cut. By the time they made it back to the house, they were cut, bleeding and exhausted.

Sometimes, the easy way is not so easy. When we look for short cuts, we need to be aware of the dangers along the way. The path that is laid out before us is there for a reason. With our Christian pilgrimage, we can be sure that God knows the best way for us to go. If we will trust His guidance and help, then we can be sure that the path we are on is the right one. He will never lead us wrongly. The only time we get into trouble is when we go off on our own, exploring places to which God does not lead us. As long as we always know to return to His path, everything will be okay.

prayer: I am tempted to walk many roads, not just the one I am on. Many seem to lead to exciting places, and others look so much easier than the one I am on. Help me to know that you have brought me to the best place I could possibly be. Amen.

See more here

Greco-Roman mythology

I've always been fascinated with it...

Recent Entries from Unfiltered (my blog) that concern Religion

Currently unavailable; check back later.