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Religious Implications of Cinco de Mayo

Religious Implications of Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is celebrated much more in the United States than in Mexico, but it is commonly misunderstood, and its religious significance is often overlooked.
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In Support of the Spirituality of Earthism

In Support of the Spirituality of Earthism

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In last two millennia at least four forms of spirituality have been dominant in the West. The relatively recent emergence of a new form, Earthism, is a positive development that not only benefits our planet but also gives meaning to our lives.
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April Showers Will (hopefully) Bring May (and beyond) Flowers

April Showers Will (hopefully) Bring May (and beyond) Flowers

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After a longer than expected hiatus, we will begin posting new additions to this website very soon. Our hope is that they will just be the beginning of fresh content for years to come.
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ARTICLES

This is a review of Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner, editors, Will China Democratize? (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). It was written for China Review International, the Journal of the Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii, February 10, 2014 by Franklin J. Woo.

The author refutes some assumed grief counseling through his own grief. Longtime grief, especially for a close family member, is more normal than assumed and has its value.

The author summarize the apologetic stories of a number of writers including Collins, D’Souza, Keller and Wright. These operate from very different disciplines and social roles, and in all of it, character precedes argument, for it seems all arguments fail if Christianity does not create generous-hearted people.

The author sees prayer in multiple and unique forms, and its value from many different religious perspectives. In all cases, it works toward purposes we cannot predict or prescribe.

The goal of being together in the body of Christ is not to agree or get along. The hope is to help one another become more Christlike, to love God and neighbor in ever more praising ways.

BOOKS

God of Empowering Love: A History and Reconception of the Theodicy Conundrum
David P. Polk

(ENTIRE BOOK) The path that through the centuries led Christian theology away from the dynamic and interactive God of the biblical writings to the immutable deity of classical theologians also involved a de-emphasis upon divine love in favor of divine power. David Polk traces this path with great care in remarkably accessible language, showing how at numerous points the ideas of creative thinkers, pointing to a better way, were largely ignored. With equal care and lucidity, Polk traces the eventual turn, still in progress, toward a new understanding that recovers what was lost and provides the groundwork for a creative resolution to age-old theological conundrums appropriate to our contemporary situation. Concluding with a resolution of the love-power question through a concept of empowering love, the book makes an important contribution to contemporary theological reflection. I can heartily recommend it not only as a textbook for college and seminary students but also as material for advanced-level adult study groups in local churches. It is not an easy task to speak to such a wide spectrum of persons, and we should be grateful to Polk for having done so.
~Russell Pregeant, Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Chaplain, Emeritus, Curry College

Lloyd Geering

(ENTIRE BOOK) Has Christianity anything to say in this secular age? Dr. Geering examines two of the most misunderstood areas — the nature of the Bible, and the relation of Christian faith to science — and affirms that Christ is completely relevant to the modern world.

Norman Pittenger

(ENTIRE BOOK) Dr. Pittenger emphasizes process thought as a way of looking at ourselves, our world, and God. He stresses areas of education, the arts, humanities, science, morality and religious issues. Attention is also focused on the way in which Christian faith may be illuminated and its basic affirmations made intelligible.

Dallas M. Roark

(ENTIRE BOOK) A helpful understanding of the major themes in Bonhoeffer’s works that cover not only theology, philosophy, Christology, ethics and sociology, but also the mystique surrounding his opposition to the Nazi state, leading to his execution.

Forrest Wood, Jr.

(ENTIRE BOOK) A helpful and understandable presentation of Whitehead’s thought, for people interested in learning how careful, reflective thinking can provide a basis for religious beliefs.

AUDIOVISUALS

Reflections on a Long Career

Reflections on a Long Career

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Charles Hartshorne
"If I saw farther than others, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants." In this retrospective, Charles Hartshorne reflects on how Newton's famous saying has played out in his own life's work.
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Special Lecture by John Cobb

Special Lecture by John Cobb

By
John B. Cobb, Jr.
In this special lecture, John Cobb explores the central the message of Jesus, "God's Kingdom."
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