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[NOTE: I was asked to critique this book for the American Gospel 3, and so I decided to put my notes into an article. I do not normally cover the […]

I first read about “thin places” in some evangelical writings several years ago and was surprised this concept had made its way into the church. Thin places refer to geographic […]

A popular idea expressed in this blog with widespread impact asserts that saying God’s name “Yahweh” is equivalent to breathing. There is also a video at the link with very emotional […]

Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” John 20:29       Note: Many will say […]

Everything is Sacred: 40 Reflections on the Universal Christ (Convergent Books, 2021, hardback edition), is based on Richard Rohr’s Universal Christ book, and written in the voice of Richard Rohr’s co-author Patrick Boland, […]

John Philip Newell, who runs a spiritual community in Iona, Scotland,  as well as The School of Earth and Soul in the United States (Colorado and Virginia), has become well […]

Living Wisdom by David G. Benner is a 2019 revised and expanded edition from an earlier version. The earlier version has 10 ISBN numbers, which means the first edition was published […]

As the book progresses, it only becomes more troubling. Benner writes that we “are called to be human beings” and “to be fully human.” (87) But we are created as human beings; we really cannot be anything other than human. It is what Benner means by “human” that makes the difference.

Benner claims we are to

“recognize Christ as the deepest truth of our being. It is not just becoming like Christ but actualizing the Christ who is in us. It is a journey toward union with God.” (99)

“Actualizing the Christ” is a concept foreign to the Bible. But if one is a Panentheist and a Jungian, it makes sense because Christ is contained everywhere in creation according to Panentheism. This is a major teaching of Richard Rohr which Benner shares. “Actualizing” the Christ who is already part of our unconscious as an archetype is to awaken the true Self. This is what Benner means by being human.

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Perennial Wisdom, also known as the Perennial Philosophy, the Perennial Tradition, or even the Wisdom Tradition, is a belief surfacing in the church although rarely under that name. Perennial Wisdom […]

I looked into Madeleine L’Engle years ago after hearing some things she said at a nearby church that I found disturbing. I was also dismayed by her association with and […]