Friday, 18 November 2016

Responses To The Problem Of Evil

Buddhist: Individually, we can address psychological causes of suffering.

Marxist: Collectively, we can address economic causes of social conflicts.

Christian: Transcendentally, God is addressing the problem.

Assessment: I find the Buddhist and Marxist responses complementary and the Christian response implausible.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Stages In The Development Of Christian Theology

(i) Jesus as Messiah is in direct male line of descent from Abraham.

(ii) Jesus is not in direct male line of descent from Abraham but is the Son of God because the divine Spirit impregnated his mother.

(iii) Jesus is the Son of God not because of a miraculous conception but because he is the incarnation of a pre-existent divine agent, "...the first-born of all creation..." (Col. 1. 15)

(iv) Jesus is not the Son of God but God the Son because the one God is three Persons, Father, Son and Spirit, and Jesus is the incarnation of the Son, thus of God.

(v) Jesus is not an incarnation but a mere appearance.

Comment: Let's return to Jesus as just a man.

His Last Words?
"My God, my God, why did you abandon me?" (Mk. 15. 34; Mt. 27. 46)
"Father! In your hands I place my spirit!" (Lk. 23. 46)
"It is finished!" (Jn. 19. 30)

Comments: These three accounts cannot all be true. It looks as if Mark recorded what was said and Matthew followed Mark whereas Luke and John rewrote the story to show Jesus as in control until the end.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Company Of The One

I am inadequate and incompetent but have been accepted into the Company of the One. Every conscious organism is in the Company but does not necessarily realize it. All that the One requires of us is consciousness of It. We fulfill this role at every conscious moment. However, future goals distract attention from a present role. Some goals are necessary for practical purposes. Others are imagined by the illusory separate self. The only real self is the One. We are the instruments of Its self-consciousness, naturally selected for organismic sensitivity to immediate environments but now capable of dispassionate contemplation of the One and All. Fortuna determines which potential organisms are born and thus initiates them into the Company.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ways To Oneness With The Eternal

Religion is oneness with the eternal.
Theism is personification of the eternal.
There are many personifications -
- and other conceptions.

Some Ways To Oneness
devotion to Krishna
belief that Jesus saves
prayer, alms, fasting, pilgrimage
asceticism
meditation and precepts

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

This is It

Walking into town: sun, blue sky, life, activity, consciousness. The One is. This is It.

Various problems remain to be resolved but meanwhile enjoy It - if possible.

Monday, 30 May 2016

The One And The Lord

Because of the immemorial traditions of my ancestors, I spontaneously address the One as "Lord."

Although every self-conscious individual is unique, each became self-conscious only through social interaction. Thought is internalized speech. Guilt is internalized shame. Even a hermit reflects a social context. One hermit is Christian, another is Hindu, whereas a human child brought up by animals is an animal without any ability to reflect on, identify with, reinterpret or reject a tradition.

Having internalized speech, we address not only fellow human beings but also nature, the heavens and the transcendent. However, philosophy and science depersonify nature. Thus, I know that the Sun is not a conscious being. Nevertheless, I feel grateful and meditate on the light of the god Savitri in the morning.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

A Peculiar Question

Organisms interact with their environments.
Animal interactions include sensations.
Human thought refines and transcends animal consciousness.
Thus, thought is one kind of organism-environment interaction.

Therefore, thought should end when an organism does.
We should not remain conscious on another plane after death -
- unless organically generated consciousness either becomes disembodied or is reproduced in another medium.
But why should it be?

An empirical question can be answered positively or negatively in specifiable conditions.
Example: whether there will be an eclipse at noon tomorrow.
An operationally meaningless question cannot be answered.
Example: whether the universe was created a moment ago with false records and memories.

The question of survival after death will be answered positively if there is survival.
However, it will not be answered if there is no survival.
Therefore, the survival question is intermediate between empirical and meaningless.
Thus, it has a peculiar logical status.

Spiritualists claim to communicate with the dead.
Some Buddhists claim experience of postmortem mental states.
Such claims partly reflect inherited beliefs.
However, as experiential claims, they should be investigated.

Is the survival question meaningful?
If so, is there enough evidence to answer it?
It is inadequate to say: "We will know when we die."
If there is no survival, then we will not know.