Jesus said:
"What is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed."

"Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
— The Gospel of St. Thomas

For those who might be wondering (I actually get emails asking), I am a committed and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. I am the Lay Leader at Inman Park United Methodist Church, a progressive, challenging, intellectually-engaging, warm, tightly-knit, welcoming, and activist congregation that encourages connection, questions, and exploration.

On-line Religious Texts:


Sacred Texts offers an online virtual library of texts and myth sources from a dizzying spectrum of cultures from all over the world. You’ll find sacred texts from the world’s major religions, ancient sagas and myths, poetry, occult references, and more. This is a truly wonderful resource—a veritable online Library of Alexandria—and a terrific place to begin your research or just to browse and read.

For more online sacred texts, try the following:


”For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face.”

—1 Corinthians 13:12


“The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is "answered," it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.”

— Thomas Merton, Dialogues with Silence

Gnosticism and Christian Mysticism:



Contemporary Theology and Other Stuff:



I am very impressed by this page on romantic and imaginative theology, especially as it addresses C. S. Lewis and the romantic poets.

Jim Wallis of
Sojourners is one of my heroes.

If you happen to share my fascination with the Holy Shroud of Turin, click here or here for some of the facts (they may surprise you) and latest research.

Science and religion meet in Process Philosophy. Well, sort of. Here is an excellent collection of essays on Process Theology, which continues to fascinate me. This is an excellent introduction to a complex and fascinating world view.

More than a few of my friends and neighbors have a fascination with Religious Science.

World Religion:



Faith.com is a Web site with a lot of extremely interesting material – original articles, book excerpts, interviews – on a huge number of religious traditions, as well as discussion boards where you can post your own messages and thoughts on a wide range of topics. The Faith.com web site also includes several gateways addressing specific religious traditions:

The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is an orgaization created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and tofoster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions in order to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Religion listings by Galaxy on every virtually every topic related to world religion you can think of.

Academy of Religion (AAR) and its partner organization, the Society of Biblical Literature, are scholarly organizations that sponsor conferences and meetings exploring multiple world religions and spiritual traditions, as well as publications and other valuable resources.

Please see my Mythology page for more of the world's traditions of scared story.

"I would rather live in a world where my life is  surrounded by mystery than live in a world so  small that my mind could comprehend it."
 — Henry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman (1878-1969)


Mystery Religions:


 

Eastern Religion:


Those interested in the Tibetan Buddhist path, click here for the Drepung Loseling Institute. Following the legacy of Drepung Loseling Monastery, and with the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Drepung Loseling Institute has two major purposes: to contribute to North American culture by providing knowledge of the Tibetan Buddhist arts and sciences, in terms of both theoretical and practical training, to academic students/researchers and the general public within the context of the authentic Tibetan framework; and to help preserve the endangered Tibetan culture, which today leads a fragile existence in the exiled refugee communities in India and Nepal.

Philosophy:


Paths: the Way of the Soul offers an amazing collection of references and a great place to start your exploration of religion and myth.

Edge Foundation and its the World Question Center was established as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world. The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.

Facts Encyclopedia offers a wealth of online philosophy resources, from Plato to Sex in the Bible.

Interested in the connections between spiritualism and psychology? Take a look at the writing of Carl Jung. Here's an excellent Jung Organization here in Atlanta. I've written two articles on mythic topics for their newsletter.

This site looks at the disagreements between Jung and Freud over questions of spirituality.

The Center for the Study of Great Ideas (how cool a name is that?) offers a syntopical approach to great books and practical philosophy.

Please visit my Mythology and Folklore Page for more.


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