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When Saint Cyril became Patriarch of Alexandria in 412 AD

St. Cyril of Alexandria (376 – June 27, 444) According to Wikipedia: The Prefect Orestes enjoyed the political backing of Hypatia, an astronomer, philosopher and mathematician who had considerable moral authority in the city of Alexandria, and who had extensive … Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing, Or is It?

“It’s a Miracle!” I watched episode five of “Messiah” last night. It was the one entitled “So That Seeing They May Not See”. (All the episode titles have vaguely spiritual/mystical meanings to them.) I think this would have been better … Continue reading

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Are We Too Close to the Truth to Appreciate What It Is?

The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore (2008) I’ve had this book for almost 10 years, but I never had the motivation to read it before now. Perhaps I had to be more prepared for what it said. Perhaps … Continue reading

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When Belief is Shaken

Falling Leaves For those of us raised in the Christian tradition, it can come as a bit of a shock to discover that the Word of God is not what is written in the Bible but the One Spirit of … Continue reading

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From the Very Beginning, the True Religion

The Pagan Christ (2004) My cousin Doug’s wife, Margot, mentioned this excellent book in 2007 when I visited them in London, UK that spring. As you may have surmised by my manuscript that I compiled in 1996, I had already … Continue reading

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Constantine and the New State Religion called Christianity

The First Council of Nicaea Why I should think this is a good event to chart in astrology may be dependent on what that chart shows. It was a council convened by Constantine to get the bickering bishops of his … Continue reading

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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas It’s been awhile since I read this book, published in 2003. Elaine Pagels is a biblical scholar who focuses on the New Testament Greek writings. Her interest has always been on the Gnostic … Continue reading

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What Makes Me a Gnostic Christian?

It’s like trying to split an atom: if you succeed, it may well explode in your face. We are so used to splitting hairs to define terms and concepts that we miss the forest for the trees. Are there any … Continue reading

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The Birth of Christianity Reimagined

The Man Who Died D.H. Lawrence, towards the end of his life, started to examine the life and death of Jesus. I read this book in the 1970’s and, at the time, thought about what Lawrence was trying to accomplish … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Lourdes

St. Bernadette’s Marian Vision There must have been something in the water. As it turns out, there still is. Healing powers, for one thing. The Pyrennes are known for spiritual energy. And the Cathars were part of a culture that … Continue reading

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