Nostalgia Done Wisely

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Nostalgia is a word made up to describe a problem. The problem is a painful longing for home. The term was first developed to describe homesickness among Swiss mercenaries in the 17th century. We currently use nostalgia in a relatively positive light for ourselves, but with some caution in others. Sharing our photobooks of great memories seems objectively wonderful, but being compelled to walk slowly through someone elses scrapbook requires real discipline. Listening to someones unrestrained nostalgia can easily bring us back to the medical diagnosis that something is very …

Walking in the penumbra of faith

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Almost a century ago the famous British writer G. K. Chesterton remarked on a problem that he saw in British culture that is amazingly apropos to our culture and time. He observed that many of the most popular critics of Christianity were caught in a twilight zone between Christian faith and total unbelief. He suggested that they were resentful of this zone that they found themselves trapped in. I think his thought aptly sums up where increasingly large numbers of Americans find themselves in the first decades of the twenty-first …

Being and Becoming (response to e-mail)

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My core view (right now) is more or less as follows: 1. There is something; not nothing (reality is real – unlike Hinduism etc.). 2. This something (world, etc.) includes me, a self-aware being. 3. As a self-aware being I have personhood and relate to other persons. a. Personhood is that self-awareness that includes options of choice and the history of choices 4. Personhood has a source, and it would seem to be in greater personhood, not in non-personhood (personhood from matter/energy would seem to be necessarily deterministic and not …