Piano Piece: Sanctuary of Hope

Which books are included in the official New Testament was essentially established by informal consensus by the 2nd century or so. In the case of the four gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — this consensus was virtually unanimous very early. But there were a number of ‘alternative’ gospels that didn’t make the cut….

Dreaming of Science

In 1610 Galileo (1564-1642) peered through his small 20 power telescope, and saw moons around Jupiter, observed phases of Venus (like the phases of the moon) and observed craters on our moon. This played a major role in the intellectual crisis of his day: the collapse of Aristotelianism. Aristotle’s (384–322 BCE) M.O. (modus operandi) was…

“My Yoke is Easy”

28 Come to me all [you who are] weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt 11:28-30)…

Piling up Participles

In English we have ‘independent clauses’ — sentences or sentence fragments that stand on their own: “William bought rhubarb.” We also have “dependent clauses” — sentence fragments that don’t stand on their own: “Having gone to the store”. But one or more dependent clauses can be combined with one independent clause to express a complete…

“Row, Row, Row your Boat”

The well known song “Row, Row, Row your Boat” is a musical “round”: one melodic line, and one person/group starts singing it, and at least one other/group starts singing the same melody but starting at, say, bar two, and they fit together. Wikipedia has a good article on them. Normally a round like “Row Row…

Labyrinths

There is love in the labyrinth There is darkness in the labyrinth The exit may not be where you think it is — Unknown Attentive readers will have noticed the mazes I’ve been using to decorate my blogs (such as the one above). Meanwhile, I’ve been doing further research on mazes and labyrinths… Of course…

Some Imaginings on “Imagination”

Down through the ages there have been various imaginations about ‘what is imagination?’ One of the more interesting is by Samuel Coleridge (1772–1834), the 19th century poet famous for “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and “Kubla Khan”. Coleridge said there were three types of imagination. One, which he called ‘fancy’ is the least important:…

“Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”

In one of the core passages in the New Testament, Jesus says that “all the law and the prophets” can be summarized in two commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The word here translated ‘neighbor’ is the…

Peter and AGAPĒ vs. PhILIA

In a previous post I discussed the difference between the two Greek words for love AGAPĒ and PhILIA prominently used in the New Testament: AGAPĒ is more like ‘love as action/commitment’ (“actions speak louder than words”) vs. PhILIA which is more like ‘love as affection, companionship.’ An analogy would be that on their wedding day,…

“There Is No Path”

Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking. Traveler, the path is your tracks And nothing more. Traveler, there is no path The path is made by walking. By walking you make a path And turning, you look back At a way you will never tread again Traveler, there is no road…