I took several classes from Fr. Winance while I was studying at Claremont Graduate University. He was a fascinating man. There’s a six degrees story that I’ll post later. But I want to get these You Tube videos up now.
I wonder how large a phenomenon this is? Ministers giving up the ministry and perhaps their faith.
And no, the reason I’m not in church is not because seminary, or rather the academic study of religion, somehow “took my Jesus away.” Actually it was the other way around. I gave up Jesus (or rather, my traditional, Baptist-bred beliefs about him) before I went off to seminary. It was seminary that kept me from giving him up altogether.
Souls, spirits, ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens, intelligent designers, government conspirators, and all manner of invisible agents with power and intention are believed to haunt our world and control our lives. Why?
I was thinking that Kierkegaard’s objectivity/subjectivity distinction could help me articulate my views about evil and the “problem of evil”. I gave a first try in class on Thursday. I think one inescapable difficulty is the “public” nature of evil (at least on some typical views of what evil is). Read the rest of this entry