Comments for …thorns compose… http://www.thornscompose.com Reflections on faith and culture by Chris Wiles Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:58:34 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Comment on Creation Care Part 1: Animal Rights and World Religions by Creation Care (Part 2) - Man Versus Wild: Animal Rights and Theology - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/06/23/creation-care-part-1-animal-rights-and-world-religions/#comment-580 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:58:34 +0000 http://thornscompose.com/?p=1358#comment-580 […] Yesterday we looked at a question posed by the Washington Post regarding animal rights. The post covered the ways the three major worldviews (atheism, pantheism and theism) tend to answer the question. […]

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Comment on Katie Piper: Recovering the Image by "If God is for us..." (Sunday Recap) - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/01/13/katie-piper-recovering-the-image/#comment-579 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:34:51 +0000 http://thornscompose.wordpress.com/?p=618#comment-579 […] when these expectations go unmet. The good news of the gospel is that God is “for” us. You can click here to read the story of Katie Piper, whose testimony I shared as an example of how the gospel can change our […]

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Comment on The Scarlet Letter: Christianity and Singleness Part 1 by An Open Letter to Christian Singles, or, How to Say "Happy Valentines" Without Sounding Sarcastic - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/02/11/the-scarlet-letter-christianity-and-singleness-part-1/#comment-577 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:16:21 +0000 http://thornscompose.wordpress.com/?p=808#comment-577 […] Valentine’s Day doesn’t help.  Images of candy and flowers get old pretty quick.  And time spent in the presence of other couples makes you wonder if a Relationship is just the sort of fresh coat of paint that might make you finally visible to the world.  And let’s face it, this isn’t the sort of issue over which the Christian subculture is getting any less obsessive or condescending.   […]

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Comment on Christianity and Religious Diversity Part 4: The Problem with Pluralism by How far is Heaven?: The Pluralistic Challenge to Jesus - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/01/11/christianity-and-religious-diversity-part-4-the-problem-with-pluralism/#comment-576 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:03:39 +0000 http://thornscompose.wordpress.com/?p=599#comment-576 […] Christianity and Religious Diversity (Part 4): The Problem with Pluralism […]

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Comment on Tiger Woods, Brit Hume: Who Should “Repent?” by How far is Heaven?: The Pluralistic Challenge to Jesus - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/01/05/tiger_woods_brit_hume_forgiveness/#comment-575 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:03:22 +0000 http://thornscompose.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/574/#comment-575 […] Intro: Tiger Woods, Brit Hume: Who Should “Repent?” […]

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Comment on 50 Shades of Grey, A Single Stain of Red by An open letter to "50 Shades..." fans: - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2012/06/20/50-shades-gray-single-stain-red/#comment-574 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:03:06 +0000 http://thornscompose.com/?p=1663#comment-574 […] off enough of your opinion to ensure your Twitter followers feel the same way you do.  So while I’ve written on this subject before—back when E.L. James series of 50 Shades novels garnered attention—I felt that rather than […]

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Comment on College Sundays Q&A–Question 1: “Can you be both gay and Christian?” by College Sundays: Question 2: "Why do some churches accept homosexuality?" - ...thorns compose... http://www.thornscompose.com/2013/07/23/college-sundays-qa-question-1-can-you-be-both-gay-and-christian/#comment-570 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:59:48 +0000 http://thornscompose.com/?p=1733#comment-570 […] Thanks for reading.  This series looks at some of the questions tweeted/texted in during last Sunday’s discussion on homosexuality.  You can read yesterday’s question here: “Can you be both gay and Christian?” […]

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Comment on “From Many Wounds:” Kathe Kollwitz and the Cross (Art and Theology) by Mike http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/04/06/from-many-wounds-kathe-kollwitz-and-the-cross-art-and-theology/#comment-369 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:39:34 +0000 http://thornscompose.wordpress.com/?p=1028#comment-369 I really enjoyed the nature and content of this article. In fact, I think it is actually a meditation spurred by Kollwitz and Scripure so very relevant to our own world. We have created our own monsters and monstrous situations wherein we now feel impotent; unable to solve issues beyond control. Money, capital goods, weaponry, empty machinations etc will neither redress the inegalities of our construct of a western oriented world nor the prejudices against conflicting faith orientation. The Old Testament Prophets quoted are far more resonant today than empty political posturing.

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Comment on Being right or being redemptive: What we can learn from Duck Dynasty-gate by Georgia http://www.thornscompose.com/2013/12/19/being-right-or-being-redemptive-what-we-can-learn-from-duck-dynasty-gate/#comment-554 Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:18:26 +0000 http://thornscompose.com/?p=2760#comment-554 I could not resiost commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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Comment on Christianity and Religious Diversity Part 5: Christianity’s Exclusive Claim by Samuel Stuart Maynes http://www.thornscompose.com/2010/01/13/christianity-and-religious-diversity-part-5-christianitys-exclusive-claim/#comment-215 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:53:15 +0000 http://thornscompose.wordpress.com/?p=620#comment-215 If you are interested in some new ideas on religious pluralism and the Trinity, please check out my website at http://www.religiouspluralism.ca, and give me your thoughts on improving content and presentation.

My thesis is that an abstract version of the Trinity could be Christianity’s answer to the world need for a framework of pluralistic theology.

In a constructive worldview: east, west, and far-east religions present a threefold understanding of One God manifest primarily in Muslim and Hebrew intuition of the Deity Absolute, Christian and Krishnan Hindu conception of the Universal Absolute Supreme Being; and Shaivite Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist apprehension of the Destroyer (meaning also Consummator), Unconditioned Absolute, or Spirit of All That Is and is not. Together with their variations and combinations in other major religions, these religious ideas reflect and express our collective understanding of God, in an expanded concept of the Holy Trinity.

The Trinity Absolute is portrayed in the logic of world religions, as follows:

1. Muslims and Jews may be said to worship only the first person of the Trinity, i.e. the existential Deity Absolute Creator, known as Allah or Yhwh, Abba or Father (as Jesus called him), Brahma, and other names; represented by Gabriel (Executive Archangel), Muhammad and Moses (mighty messenger prophets), and others.

2. Christians and Krishnan Hindus may be said to worship the first person through a second person, i.e. the experiential Universe or “Universal” Absolute Supreme Being (Allsoul or Supersoul), called Son/Christ or Vishnu/Krishna; represented by Michael (Supreme Archangel), Jesus (teacher and savior of souls), and others. The Allsoul is that gestalt of personal human consciousness, which we expect will be the “body of Christ” (Mahdi, Messiah, Kalki or Maitreya) in the second coming – personified in history by Muhammad, Jesus Christ, Buddha (9th incarnation of Vishnu), and others.

3. Shaivite Hindus, Buddhists, and Confucian-Taoists seem to venerate the synthesis of the first and second persons in a third person or appearance, ie. the Destiny Consummator of ultimate reality – unqualified Nirvana consciousness – associative Tao of All That Is – the absonite* Unconditioned Absolute Spirit “Synthesis of Source and Synthesis,”** who/which is logically expected to be Allah/Abba/Brahma glorified in and by union with the Supreme Being – represented in religions by Gabriel, Michael, and other Archangels, Mahadevas, Spiritpersons, etc., who may be included within the mysterious Holy Ghost.

Other strains of religion seem to be psychological variations on the third person, or possibly combinations and permutations of the members of the Trinity – all just different personality perspectives on the Same God. Taken together, the world’s major religions give us at least two insights into the first person of this thrice-personal One God, two perceptions of the second person, and at least three glimpses of the third.

* The ever-mysterious Holy Ghost or Unconditioned Spirit is neither absolutely infinite, nor absolutely finite, but absonite; meaning neither existential nor experiential, but their ultimate consummation; neither fully ideal nor totally real, but a middle path and grand synthesis of the superconscious and the conscious, in consciousness of the unconscious.

** This conception is so strong because somewhat as the Absonite Spirit is a synthesis of the spirit of the Absolute and the spirit of the Supreme, so it would seem that the evolving Supreme Being may himself also be a synthesis or “gestalt” of humanity with itself, in an Almighty Universe Allperson or Supersoul. Thus ultimately, the Absonite is their Unconditioned Absolute Coordinate Identity – the Spirit Synthesis of Source and Synthesis – the metaphysical Destiny Consummator of All That Is.

After the Hindu and Buddhist conceptions, perhaps the most subtle expression and comprehensive symbol of the 3rd person of the Trinity is the Tao (see book cover); involving the harmonization of “yin and yang” (great opposing ideas indentified in positive and negative, or otherwise contrasting terms). In the Taoist icon of yin and yang, the s-shaped line separating the black and white spaces may be interpreted as the Unconditioned “Middle Path” between condition and conditioned opposites, while the circle that encompasses them both suggests their synthesis in the Spirit of the “Great Way” or Tao of All That Is.

If the small black and white circles or “eyes” are taken to represent a nucleus of truth in both yin and yang, then the metaphysics of this symbolism fits nicely with the paradoxical mystery of the Christian Holy Ghost; who is neither the spirit of the one nor the spirit of the other, but the Glorified Spirit proceeding from both, taken altogether – as one entity – personally distinct from his co-equal, co-eternal and fully coordinate co-sponsors, who differentiate from him, as well as mingle and meld in him.

For more details, please see: http://www.religiouspluralism.ca

Samuel Stuart Maynes

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