Transcript of “Christian Life and Symbolic Living” by Jonathan Pageau

The church is always higher than everything else in the town. That’s not arbitrary. … It’s the highest thing so that you can see it from wherever you are. There’s one thing so that we can look in that direction, everybody in the town is reminded of what brings them together.

Here’s another transcript. Got most of it pieced together minus a few little bits.  Great lecture by Jonathan Pageau.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Christian Life and Symbolic Living” by Jonathan Pageau”

Ideology, Logos, and Belief | Jordan Peterson

I came across this interview with Peterson last month, and as a year-long fan of his, this is one of the best interviews I’ve listened to. This is a good video to share with people who’ve never heard of Jordan Peterson before, because they’ll get a nice primer of his body of work. It does a good job of encapsulating the arc of Peterson’s thoughts over his career (especially recently) and the interviewer does a great job of asking timely and well-articulated questions that help Peterson explain a complicated idea to those that might not be familiar.

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Mere Christianity

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth.

A friend of mine is a big fan of C.S. Lewis, and I asked for a recommendation for which one to read first. “Mere Christianity” was the response. So, like most books of this nature I like to take notes so that I can internalize the content better. Also like most books that I read, I may or may not finish it, but I’ll get as far as I can! Continue reading “Mere Christianity”

Strengthen the Individual

Smash every idea with as much intellectual strength as you can muster.

Jordan Peterson has been taking the internet by storm lately. Yes, he has had a long career as a professor and he’s spent a lot of time reading, thinking and developing his ideas, but it just seems like only lately he’s inserted himself into the limelight, and the internet is just EATING HIM UP–myself included. I find myself utter fascinated by his insights, but they’re so new and far from my usual thoughts, that I find it hard to internalize and summarize his ideas when telling other people about them. Continue reading “Strengthen the Individual”

Truths & Symbolism in Judaism & Christianity

“It’s not an easy thing to live in a truthful manner, but the alternative is hell.” —Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, author of “Maps of Meaning“, likes to retell old stories. It seems that the overarching objective of many of his interviews and lectures is to provide modern people with a more robust interpretation and deeper understanding of these stories so that they can be practically applied to each person’s life rather than dismissed as “silly” or “irrelevant”. In a sense, he is trying to draw out a map for people to navigate their “being” in the world.

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The Temple of Consciousness

The temple that you are building is a vessel for your consciousness, tend to this vessel with care, because it is sacred.

I’ve been thinking about temples and churches a lot lately.

There’s a few verses in Paul’s letters that mention the concept of a person or a community of people being a temple or a church. Christ is referred to as “the head” and the church is is “body”. Elsewhere, Paul tells us that our bodies are temples, and that god lives within it.

So, how on earth would this be relevant to an atheist? Continue reading “The Temple of Consciousness”

The Essence of Christianity

The divine trinity in man is the unity of reason, love, will. To will, to love, to think, are the highest powers, and the basis of mankind’s existence.

A friend of mine recommended a book that was influential in his path to atheism, The Essence of Christianity. This is a book that can be found for free in the public domain.

I pick it up and read it now and then, and leave some of my takeaways here. Continue reading “The Essence of Christianity”

List of Books in the Bible

I want to read all the books of the bible, but with my new-found perspective.

When I was a Christian, I always wanted to officially have read the entire Bible. I’ve yet to complete this task, and now I’m an atheist. I still want to read all the books though, but with my new-found perspective. I thought I might go through each book and write some of the cliff notes in my diary.

I may even go so far as to read other holy books such as the Koran or the Tao Te Ching, but for now I’ll start with Christianity since I am more familiar with it. Continue reading “List of Books in the Bible”