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Don’t confuse science with scientism

In my award-winning book Proving God, I attempt to unify science with theology. While some people would argue that the realm of science only embraces the material world, this limited definition is better called scientism. Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (whose ideas … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

I used to think that New Year’s resolutions were superficial. Even though they often deal with one’s body image and physical health concerns, these resolutions embrace a profound principle in personal transformation. How? Well, they all represent some ideals we … Continue reading

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Swedenborg cracked the Christmas Story code

Without breaking through the profound symbolism of the Christmas Story, some people will always attack it because of negative associations. Such individuals see Christmas as the birth of a hateful religion that has led to western colonialism and a slew … Continue reading

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Where Jesus and pagans agree

My memory fails me at the moment, but I believe the phrase “Know Thyself” is attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. Greek philosophers were considered pagans. When Jesus came into the world, He was adamant that we humans were … Continue reading

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The minister gets a shocking brain scan

Once upon a time a church minister got a call from a neuroscientist friend to come over to his lab—quickly. The two knew each other because the neuroscientist was a member of the minister’s church congregation. Minister: “What’s up? I … Continue reading

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An area where religion and non-sectarian humanists agree

The adherents of both groups are in full agreement that the world of humans is screwed up. And both groups believe people need an upgrade of the heart and mind. In the wise words of the Walt Kelly cartoon strip, … Continue reading

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Swedenborg and hypnosis

One of the most distasteful notions that I have advanced concerning Swedenborg’s scientific and spiritual paradigm is that the human race is in a hypnotic state. If this is true, it means that we terrestrial humans cannot effectively address the … Continue reading

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Hypnotism, blood circulation and spirituality

One of the things I admire about Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology is that he always found ways to explain highly abstract ideas with tangible biological processes. Blood-flow is just one such example that he used to make an analogy between the … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Swedenborgian sinner

Probably the most contested statement by Emanuel Swedenborg from “Swedenborgians” themselves is that the human race “is filled with evil of every kind.” Such an unflattering statement seems anti-intuitive to the human post-modern mind. Hell and evil seem like archaic … Continue reading

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A new kind of church experience

One Sunday, as Charlie was listening to a preacher’s sermon at his local church, he began to experience something new—a state of increased awareness. He became more aware of himself sitting in the church pew. It was as though he … Continue reading

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