As a Nigerian, this sort of cuts to the heart of our problem: We have no Idea what "Nigeria" is. It is a void at the center of a name. I suggest reading and rereading this, but his point is consistent with his other writings (I'm a fan): At the heart of the modern (particularly western) world (of which Nigeria is a peripheral part of, if not in culture, in its enormous dependence on their technology and trade), there is a loss of centre. The "All" (God) is gone, we think we've killed Him. As a consequence, the all (totality, nature, being) is gone, we no longer have anything holding us together except sheer cultural inertia from the west's Christian past. The fragmentation and tribalism of the ancient world has reared its head up in our fundamentalisms and nationalisms. The only way back is to rediscover (even if in a form appropriate to our times) that center, and it will not be found in our atheistic secularisms and ideologies of "progress"... We have forgotten the past, and we are doomed to repeat its failures.
I share a similar concern with a Christian acceptance of Scientific explanations of phenomena. I would be the first to say that Modern Science doesn't contradict belief in God and the resurrection, but that is based on the fact that I don't see the popular and probably institutionalized understanding of the "Scientific Worldview" as THE standard or normative way of understanding the world. There are layers of experience and reality that the ancients knew of, that modern physical science cannot access, even in principle. We would do better than dismiss them as "Pre-Scientific nonsense"
Growing up, I had the implicit belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. I almost lost that belief, but these days I don't question it. This address is relatively old, but the truth here is even more pertinent today, where popular ideas of Islam among non muslims = Terrorists, and popular images of Christianity among non christians = American fundagelicals and Catholic Child abusers.
A thought provoking treatise on a more peace giving way to view time. It makes sense of my experience of helplessness at my lack of efficiency, yet offers not more tips for efficiency, but questioning the importance of efficiency. Time is a gift, not a slave master.
A far better treatment of the Christian view of health than the various misleading word of faith books that are so popular. His statement of illness being our own fault put me off though, I believe that sometimes there are no satisfactory answers to the question of "Why?" for some tragic realities. You could say it's from Adam, but then that is not satisfying for anyone
One of mine. Don't mind the crude language, I'm not a trained theologian. But the reason I post this is to be a sort of counter to the pervasive naturalism that is assumed as science. It's sad that it is considered odd to say I believe that theistic philosophy, theology, and mysticism is not antithetical, and is even beneficial, to the practice of the "physical sciences".
I got through it, somehow, and I can't say I'm smarter than a professor, but as a platonist and physicist in training, I can't say I agree... I think modern science, especially physics, is very platonic, even if the platonism has to be a "mathematical platonism".