Beyond the Blue

We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it.

~ Harriet Martineau

In the winter and early spring of 2007-08, my mother and I spent her last days together.

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Religion and the Corruption of Eroticism

Couple

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer
~ Marcus Aurelius

Introduction

Using the words “Religion” and “Eroticism” in the same sentence generates a number of different responses, depending on the perspective of the reader. Some will immediately be suspicious, and consider the combination of those two words as the sum of corrupting influences on what to them should be austere and holy. Others will perhaps smirk and replay their feeling of disgust with how traditional religion has supposedly trashed eroticism. Yet others may think that we must be discussing some type of new-age, free-love movement.

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The Redemption of Eroticism

Song of Solomon

There is only one happiness in life – to love and be loved
~ George Sand

Introduction

Some people question the institution of marriage and think that it an anachronism in today’s society, because they feel that the power of males and females should be made equivalent, and their roles made interchangeable. Furthermore, some people feel that marriage needlessly limits their sexual expression and spoils their erotic fun.

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Commentary on the Song of Solomon

Marriage

Eat Friends! Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers!
~ The Song of Solomon 5:1

Introduction

One of the most basic aspects of human existence is the male/female relationship and the associated issues—marriage, sexuality, parenting, and family life. The family always has been, and always will be the foundational building block of society; as goes the family, so goes the society, for better or worse. God is the designer of the human mind and body. He is the one who created sexuality and the one who gave us our sexual nature. We should therefore expect that He would advise us on how we should live.

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The Darwinian Emperor is Naked

The Emperor is Naked

Darwinism in Distress

Most people are familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes, which is a tale about authorities and their beliefs – how the public can be coerced into believing what the authorities wish them to believe, what happens when the beliefs are shown to be false, and how even the most intelligent people often remain in denial and persist in holding on to untruths even after they are exposed.
This story could very have been written with Darwinism in mind, because the latter is a perfect example of this phenomenon in action. Darwinism is a scientific theory which was seriously questioned from the time it was first proposed in 1859, and despite its seeming hegemony, it is now slowly being discarded as both doubtful and unscientific. Here is a summary of how an increasing number of scientists currently view it:

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The Problem of Evil

Turtle Upside Down

How can God be good if there is so much bad?

Introduction

Around 300 BC the Greek philosopher Epicurus stated the following:

If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to, then He is not omnipotent.
If God is able, but not willing, then He is malevolent.
If God is both able and willing, then where does evil come from?
If God is neither able nor willing, then why call Him God?

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The True Conspiracy

Conspiracy Theory

It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us he does not exist
~ Pierre Charles Baudelaire

In the 1997 movie Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson played a mentally unhinged cabbie named Jerry who lived in a world of conspiracy theories, where a shadowy “they” were supposedly behind everything significant that happened. The “they” were variously said to be:

  • The US government.
  • The communist party.
  • The Italian, Chinese, and Japanese mafia.
  • Islamic/Arab militants.
  • The CIA, NSA, MI 5/6 and/or other clandestine government groups.
  • Multinational corporations.
  • Labor unions.
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Feminist Theology

Feminism

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
~ Roseanne Barr

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Criticism of the Church

If you say that the history of the Church is a long succession of scandals, you are telling the truth, though if that is all you say, you are distorting the truth
~ Gerald Vann

To a large degree, the Bible and the church have been lumped together in people’s minds and the frustration that some have felt with the actual “institutions of Christianity” have made them question and throw out the church, the Bible, and even Christianity itself. Many of the criticisms are overblown, but the church does have things to answer for. Here are some examples:

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Accuracy of the Bible

Bible

The grass withers and the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
~ Isaiah 40:7-8

For a long time it has been fashionable to trash the Bible and treat it as nothing more than a collection of folk tales that have no basis in history or reality. The impetus for this came originally from liberal scholars who rejected the Bible’s authenticity. This was done despite the fact that the Bible is the most accurate and comprehensive literary work from antiquity in existence, supported by hundreds of geographical place names and archaeological discoveries.

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