My favourite thing about being an #IndieResearcher is that I still get to teach. Today I'm planning a guest seminar on #neurodiversity, the violence of normalcy & ableism in neurotypical society (legitimised by a lot of NT-dominated #research), how that impacts neurodivergent people, and how #theology reflects that structure. With some hopeful stuff on the grassroots neurodiversity paradigm & how we're speaking back. (As usual, this is too much content for the time I have...)
I went to a book launch the other day. The book "Coming to Faith Through Dawkins" has twelve people telling stories of how they came to Christian faith mainly through reading Richard Dawkins's book "The God Delusion"
Today = 6th 🎂 of chapter classifying growing literature on #anarchism & #religion into: 1) anarchist #critiques of religion, 2) anarchist #exegesis, 3) anarchist #theology, 4) religious anarchist #historiography. Free here ➡️ https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4_fQ1ZTk-WkRXVDSDBQVnFKSlU/view?resourcekey=0-BXMTsFtNmQGOf8NluP3V4w
If someone made 10 million dollars and gave away 9 million have they giving sacrificially? Is living on 1 million a sacrifice? No. ~David Platt
There are those who have given far more sacrificially giving $1000, $100, $10, and even $1 than how many rich people give.
What we need to think is not what percentage is enough to give, but what amount of our personal income brings us inline with the generosity, sacrifice, and love of Jesus
How big is the #universe? Does intelligent #extraterrestrial life exist somewhere in the #universe? If so, how much extraterrestrial #intelligentlife (ETI) might there be? And if it is there, is it #moral? Would they have a #religion? And what would their existence say about human #religions, #theology, and #beliefs?
That’s in the #NewTestament, Right? An Interesting #NonCanonical Story.
#sundayschool #bible #christian #jesus #myth #mythology #theology
It occurs to me that the podcast series linked above (& discussed in the post I am responding to) might be a good source for any mental health professionals interested in understanding your Neo-Pagan clients.
It's rare, but I once saw a client chart with something to the effect of "says she talks with a goddess" written in the same session in which a psychiatrist increased dosage of an anti-psychotic medication. I hope that was not the reason by itself...
#psychology #counseling #socialwork #psychotherapy
@psychotherapist @psychotherapists @psychology @socialpsych @socialwork @psychiatry #mentalhealth #psychiatry #healthcare
@PolytheismToday #Pagan #Paganism #Pagancommunity #Neopagan #Wiccan #Wicca #Heathen #witchcraft #witch #polytheism #religion #spirituality
@TheRatCantRead @DaywalkingRedhead @crazypedia @inclusiveWicca @TheWildHuntNews #occult #theology #theaology
I wrote a new short blog post about cybernetics, feedback loops, and the prevalence of evil. Basically, I use theories from cybernetics as analogies to talk about evil works in the world. You can read it here: https://write.as/nathaniel-metz/feedback-loops-and-evil
A reminder that #translation is not just matching equivalents to words, but requires understanding the source culture.
I was confused by the phrase "the Son of God indicated (to) stubborn resistance" in the introduction to the text I am translating (where the same #Syriac might have "to" or not).
Then I remembered the #medieval authorial practice of self-deprecation, and the scribe is saying not that Christ revealed what stubbornness looks like, but rather that Christ revealed theology to the author, who characterizes himself as "stubborn resistance."
[Tweeting a few thoughts from tonight's #ModernChurch seminar] Anthony Reddie: Black people have been reflexive about Blackness in Black theology & theory for decades. White people have not had to be reflexive or critical about [our] power & privilege. This book engages with critical white theory & theology. - Online seminar, '#DeconstructingWhiteness, Empire and Mission' #BookLaunch #Theology #CriticalWhiteness
John the Baptist said if you have 2 tunics (underwear) give 1 to someone who has none. How far should this logic should extend in our lives?
Should the person with 2 houses give 1 away?
What about cars?
It seems unlikely that John was only talking about clothing. Yet the American Christian often looks to make a profit on everything they have too much of. Craigslist & FB Marketplace are easy ways to profit off those that don’t have what they do.
@cleopas I've found quite a few. Not hundreds, but definitely a few dozen dedicated posters that keep my feed full of the Lord. You can check my Follows to see if there's any you'd like to follow. I'm on my phone (and vacation) or I'd cross reference some of my favourites. Scanning the #Christian #Christianity and #Theology hashtags helps find new posters too.
Is there a name for the female equivalent to theobro?
Because theosis is already taken for something very different.
The life and work of the Alsatian hermeticist and Egyptosophist, René-Adolphe Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) attests to the continued presence of a distinctly nondual current of alchemical precept and practice in which material transmutation and spiritual transmutation are not separate nor merely coincidental endeavours but two indispensably linked sides of the same coin.
Blog post: Join us at this year's #disability & #church conference in Oct, with an incredible line-up of speakers (theologians, grassroots organisers and practitioners) - Julia Watts Belser, Ann Memmott, Lamar Hardwick, Khairani Barokka, Ellen Loudon, Valour Nicholas, Stef Benstead, Alex Clare-Young and more! Online with BSL & captions. https://naomilawsonjacobs.com/join-us-at-this-years-disability-conference-14-oct-2023/ #DisabilityTheology #Theology
My last Mastodon instance blew up, so: #introduction
We live in a culture that tells us we should have a Christian car mechanic, barber, and all our friends should be Christian too. Otherwise we’ll get swindled and led astray.
But we worship a God who was the friend of sinners and we are called to be like Him and reflect His character to those around us.
Our religious culture is designed to control us whereas our relationship with Jesus is designed to free us.
Here’s the link to the latest YouTube discourse I did with the critical theorist, Rudolf J. Siebert, on the topic of the critical theologian, Gregory Baum. #philosophy #theology #sociology #dialectics #academia #academicmastodon #university https://dustinjbyrd.org/2023/09/14/gregory-baum-life-work-and-friendship/
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Polytheism Today Podcast
From Angela Raincatcher's Substack at https://polytheismtoday.substack.com
Premiering September 22
What’s on order for our first season — dates, topics, and guests!
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#Pagan #Paganism #Pagancommunity @Neopagan #Wiccan #Wicca #Heathen #witchcraft #witch #polytheism #religion
@TheRatCantRead @DaywalkingRedhead @Crazypedia @inclusiveWicca @TheWildHuntNews #occult #theology #theaology
Here is the last of the Sadler's Lectures discussing Thomas Aquinas' famous Five Ways, this one fittingly enough looking at the fifth way, an argument from design
I think coming into the right pantheon of Gods can feel like a homecoming because you have finally arrived at a mythopoetic vantage point in the cosmos that most completely resembles your experience of reality and its divine Stewards speak to you in the language of your own mind and body.
I've been here 10 months, so it was time I pinned an introduction!
Works-based religion IS spiritual abuse. Once you remove grace from religion, you’ve removed God from it as well. In which case, those religious leaders are claiming that they, and they alone, can save you. Your value is only found in obedience to them.
This is abuse.
Highly recommended for students of comparative #religion:
Violet Mary Firth, later known as Dion Fortune, was one of the most formidable occultists of her day. Her work was an important influence on many Neo Pagans, most notably Gerald Gardener, but also on others later such as Druids Isaac Bonewits and John Michael Greer. She was an interesting mix of clairvoyant medium and university trained psychologist and, I argue, much of her work was remarkably shamanistic in character.
In Woodbrooke's latest blog post, I explore the question, 'What do Quakers mean when we talk about God?' ahead of my upcoming course 'How Quakers Talk About God'.
Just saw a post claiming that if Christianity is progressive then it is heretical because God doesn't change.
While it's true God doesn't change, that doesn't mean his people have been good at following his commands. A Christian people who are not progressing the cause of the widow, orphan, immigrant, and unheard are not living a biblically defined Christianity. And as Christianity has failed to do that for millennia, it might look progressive to follow God's commands now (at least in some areas).
Here is the second Sadler's Lectures podcast in the series on Thomas Aquinas' famous Five Ways. This one examines an argument based on efficient causality
#Podcast #Philosophy #Causality #Thomism #Aquinas #FiveWays #Metaphysics #Theology #God #Argument
A rare bright spot on their side, Baehr and Thiel agreed, was the #FederalistSociety. Thiel had, in fact, served as president of the Stanford Federalist Society.
In 2008, Baehr, Hawley and others launched #Teneo — Latin for “I grasp" or “I endure.”
Hawley, then an associate lawyer in private practice, authored Teneo’s founding principles, according to the new member talk hosted by Baehr, and served on the group’s board.
Its core beliefs align with the broader conservative establishment’s: #limited government, #individual liberty, #free enterprise, #strong national defense and #civil society and belief in a “#transcendent order” that is “founded in #tradition, #philosophy, or #theology.”
I've also written three books in the Quaker Quicks series. Telling the Truth about God is about Quakers and the quest to express spiritual experience. Quakers Do What! Why? provides short answers to common questions. Hearing the Light explores what might be the core of liberal Quaker theology. Find them all on the publisher's website: https://www.collectiveinkbooks.com/christian-alternative-books/authors/rhiannon-grant
In chapter one of my new blog, featuring my PhD thesis work, I recount my experiences with ritual in cyberspace, describing sacred virtual space, and its relationship to sacred meatspace from a Pagan perspective. I compare two initiation rituals, and describe how one produced the perception of sacred space, in both meatspace and the virtual world, while the other remained only a role play.
Now available: ‘Speaking With Us, Not For Us: #Neurodiversity, #Theology and Justice,’ online at the #Journal of Disability & #Religion https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23312521.2023.2249448. Or there’s a preprint available here, if you don’t have institutional access to the peer-reviewed article: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/2f5sr/
🏴 Donne, J. (1624). Devotions Vpon Emergent Occasions, and Seuerall Steps in My Sicknes: Digested Into I. Meditations Upon Our Humane Condition. 2. Expostuvlations, and Debatements with God. 3. Prayers, Upon the Seuerall Occasions, to Him. United Kingdom: A.M.. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Devotions_Vpon_Emergent_Occasions_and_Se/NdYMAAAAIAAJ #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Bookstodon #Literature #Theology #C17th #17thCentury @bookstodon (50)
My world draws inspiration in part from Neverending Story/Discworld approaches in that some of the characters are aware of our world, they're creations of fiction within a story, and will break through the 4th wall on occasion due to that knowledge.
With that being said, there are multiple religions in this world but only one true religion and one "true" religion. The "true" religion will be the one that has the correct creation story for how the universe came to be, ala Christianity's it was made in seven days. vs the Greek's Gaia gave birth to the Sky who bore the Titans vs LOTR's Eru and singing Arda into existence, etc. I won't be revealing that here quite yet, I have a basic idea but need to hammer out the details. Then create a bunch of creation #myths for all the other belief systems and their associated God(s).
Although, the true religion being the religion that is aware of me, author/GM, and the actors, players. For that true religion I took some inspiration from #Morrowind CHIM theory and started with some sermons. I drew the wording from The Corpus Hermeticum: The Divine Pymander, a third century #occult manuscript (Psst, occult books are great for worldbuilding just fyi). Then changed the words ever so slightly to fit the meanings I wanted to covey in the sermons. Lil' snippet of the first two:
“God will not entertain the poor in heaven. You will not go there. I will also stand at the entrance to stop you from going there. We have misunderstood the gospel."
Well, somebody's misunderstood the gospel, that's for sure.
Aside from poster sessions, which are happening right now at the in-person event, next up at the Scottish Autism Research Group conference is a lightning talks session, with 5-minute talks on:
1. Autism in Theology and Church (Léon van Ommen)
2. Autism and Prayer (Henna Cundill)
3. Autistic ministry leadership (Harry Gibbins)
4. Peer Support group in schools (Francesca Fotheringham)
5. Parent training in autistic and non-autistic parents (Sarah Gardiner)
6. Autism and Employment in Psychology Career Paths (Carrie Ballantyne)
7. The impact of Bilingualism in Autistic Wellbeing (Kiera Schul)
8. Double Empathy and Social Experiences (Holly E. A. Sutherland)
9. Photovoice Exploration of Stigma in Autism (Sarah Dantas)
10. Sleep and Wellbeing (Giulia Gaggioni)
I won’t attempt to live-post these from @email@example.com – normal service will resume at 15:30 with the closing keynote, by Fergus Murray
The launch of the Global Flourishing Study, spanning #sociology, #psychology, #epidemiology, #economics, #history, #philosophy, and #theology, includes data from 200,000 participants that will provide nationally representative samples of 22 geographically and culturally diverse populations from across the globe.
Some time ago, someone said on Twitter that, while most people tend to think of #eternity as a never-ending period of time, that's not true; it actually exists outside of time.
I've finally gotten around to watching Season 4 of Manifest (Not hashtagging that, because despite the CW, that's not what this post is about), and they have a similar concept. It's not called Eternity, but it's basically the same thing. Those who are there can see everyone's past, present, and all possible futures. And the fact that they "remember" each of those futures as though they've already happened adds further credence to the idea that the linear nature of time doesn't apply there.
I feel like it's the same with God. God can't be described in terms of time because God *created* time and exists outside of time. Therefore, Eternity is not a period of time, because it exists outside of time. I don't think you can call it a place either, because it probably exists outside of space, too.
I'd say it's a state of being, but the word "state" implies time. The truth is, we humans are so obsessed with the passage of time that we literally have no way of describing things that know no concept of it.
I think that's what the apostles meant when they said that God is not slow in keeping his promises, or that God's timing is not our timing, and that He makes everything happen exactly when it would be most beneficial (but He doesn't have to explain any of that to us, because He is God, and besides, we wouldn't understand it anyway).
Which is frustrating AF for those of us for whom time is the only thing that matters sometimes, but there you go.
I've been on here since November 2022, and I still don't have an #Introduction post. When I first joined, I was a bit lazy, and also couldn't really think of anything to write about myself, and as the time wore on, it just started to feel superfluous, and even a bit silly, to write an introductory post when I've been here for almost a year already.
But here goes:
I was born and bred in #SouthAfrica, and I really love it here. I often post stuff using that hashtag, both slice-of-life type posts, and occasional commentary on local #news. Specifically, I live in the City of #Ekurhuleni.
I'm an independent author, and have written a few books (website link in my bio), but for various reasons, I haven't written anything long-form in some time.
And one of those reasons is that I'm #PartiallySighted (I have #RetinitisPigmentosa), which has progressed quite rapidly in my old age. As such, you might see me using the #accessibillity hashtag from time to time, as I comment on the sorry state of it in websites and software.
For the same reason, I don't read nearly as much as I used to. I'm trying to get into #AudioBooks, but I'm still struggling with them, man. I really battle to focus long enough to finish one. (At this point, I should probably also tag #bookstodon and @bookstodon). :-)
By trade, I'm a Software Developer, and I love technology. But I'm an old-school lover of #technology, so I dislike web apps, struggle with mobile (also see my #disability), and prefer to work on a big monitor with an external keyboard and mouse, rather than a tiny laptop. Unlike most developers, I can't use multiple monitors because I keep losing the mouse cursor. ;-) #programming #development
Because of my interest in tech, I'm also often commenting on the state of the #Fediverse in general and #Mastodon in particular, and what I think should be done (spoiler alert: I think Mastodon is perfect the way it is, and it should be left well enough alone). :-P
Last but not least, I'm a #Methodist Christian, and my #faith is very important to me, so you'll sometimes see me sharing inspirational #Bible passages and discussing things related to #Christianity and Christian #theology.
Oh, I'm also a husband to the most wonderful wife any man could ever hope for, and a foster father to two beautiful teenage girls, but I don't tend to mention them much, because privacy.
Phew! Quite a wide range, hey? So feel free to give me a follow, if you like. Just be warned that you're unlikely to agree with EVERYTHING I post. :-D
Oh yes, and I had my article accepted to the Journal of Disability and Religion today. I've been so lacking in sleep, I forgot that was news worth sharing! It's the final version of the preprint I shared last week - on #neurodiversity, #theology and justice. Looking forward to this special issue on neurodiversity and theological education. (No date for publication yet but I'll share when I know!) Preprint is here https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/2f5sr/
How can finite human beings even speak about the Divine? For centuries, it was thought impossible for any human thought or language to accurately and really describe the divine. Until the 13th philosopher Duns Scotus radically argued metaphysics can only be performed if concepts about the Being of God and Being, in general, were the same. Hence the name of this concept - the Univocity of Being.
#philosophy #DunsScotis #theology #religion #univocity #Esoterica
Stol, Marten. Women in the Ancient Near East, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781614512639 #OpenAccess #OA #Woman #Women #Ancient #History #AncientNearEast #Theology #Religion #Histodon #Histodons #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Bookstodon #Academia #Academic #Academics @histodon @histodons @bookstodon (35)
Stol, Marten. Women in the Ancient Near East, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781614512639 #OpenAccess #OA #Ancient #History #AncientNearEast #Theology #Religion #Histodon #Histodons #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Bookstodon #Academia #Academic #Academics @histodon @histodons @bookstodon (35)
Gzella, H. (2011). Languages from the World of the Bible. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781934078631 #OpenAccess #OA #Language #Languages #Bible #AncientNearEast #Ancient #TextualHistory #Theology #Religion #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Bookstodon #Academia #Academic #Academics #Ugaritic #Phoenician #Hebrew #Aramaic #Persian #Greek @bookstodon (34)
I plan to share interesting #maths and novel #cryptography primitives and tools. Follow if you are curious about #crypto.
I have dabbled in many programming languages and toolchains over the years. Lately I enjoy coding in #FreePascal, #Python, and #Bash.
I also enjoy studying the #bible #theology and textual criticism with a bit of #philology. I am a believer yet I am not religious. I am openly critical toward religious institutions because I actually have studied them in great detail. I contend that religion is actually a form of unbelief dressed up with nowhere to go. I consider religious proselyting to be on par with smallpox and terrorism in its overall damage to mankind.
I'm also occasionally snarky in a good-humored way. After all, people often post sayings that are wide open for jabs. Sometimes I can't resist. Be careful not to set yourself up for roasting!
Huttunen, N. (31 Mar. 2020). Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004428249 #OpenAccess #OA #BiblicalStudies #Bible #Christian #Writings #AncientPhilosophy #Ancient #Philosophy #Theology #Christianity #RomanEmpire #Roman #Empire #Religion @philosophy @antiquidons @bookstodon (25)
Pagans of all types and stripes are welcome to follow and interact with me, so long as they're not some kind of bigot: Polytheistic pagans, monotheistic/duotheistic pagans, henotheistic pagans, atheist pagans, etc. all have a place at my feast table.
I also welcome folks who identify outside of the pagan umbrella! Interfaith solidarity is huge for me, especially in times like these. It's often through interfaith dialogue that we all realize that we share more similarities than differences, even if we hold those differences to be quite important. But, at the end of the day, we're all just people out searching for answers on a quest for Truth.
@ultrasaurus Isn't that also basically the basis of the #ProsperityTheology ? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology #theobubble #theology
What if you had a pastor living next door? A pastor who embraced you in your doubts and encouraged your questions? Yeah, I'm trying to be that guy.
I am a husband, a dad, and a pastor in a constant state of spiritual transition, reflection, and renewal. Some would call these things #deconstruction and reconstruction. I am constantly questioning almost everything. I hope you will too!
Beyond the #spiritual, #theology, and #culture, I love #Detroit #sports.
Scratching a historical, artistic and theological itch today to see the Isenheim Altarpiece, created between 1512 and 1516, now in the chapel of the former Dominican convent in Colmar. Grünewald's painting of the crucifixion makes an immediate impact; and there's much to ponder
#IsenheimAltarpiece #Colmar #France #Grünewald #art #painting #religion #Christianity #theology #crucifixion #Christ @theologidons @theology
An #introduction: Hello! I'm Abdi 👋🏾 Software engineer in NYC. Former #refugee. Lover of greenery/gardens, board games, #movies , canoeing, swimming, cycling, autumn, Japanese food, #coffee , and #tea. Fortunate to have done a lot of #travel
Other hobbies/points of connection:
#piano (playing #minimalist / #classical )
#photography ( #analog / digital )
#philosophy ( #ethics / #aesthetics / #phenomenology / #theology )
#comedy (I'll write a #joke and try it on friends)
Happy to be here! 🙂
I’ve already done an #intro but let’s throw some hashtags on here for visibility. Professionally, I work in #tech as a #sysadmin for a big wealth management company. I have a #music degree and still love to #sing, but don’t make any money off of it anymore. I also work in youth #ministry, so I’m happy to talk #christian #theology with folks, particularly those with similarly #progressive interpretations.
On the internet, I #speedrun games on #twitch, and I’m super into #retro #videogames and #hardware. I founded a #community dedicated to working towards greater #diversity, #equity, and #inclusion within the #gaming space. We try and offer a #safespace where folks can collaborate, educate, and advocate. We’ve also partnered with RIP Medical Debt to relieve hundreds of thousands of dollars in #medicaldebt.
My games include A MODERN PROMETHEUS, SHOOT N LOOT, and GRIMOIREPUNK, and all can be found at http://linktr.ee/mqsalmon.
My current artistic hobby is #bookbinding, making nice hard covers for paperback books.
Really looking to meet new people and create good community here!
I never did an #introduction post, so it looks like now is a good time.
Hi. I'm Rebecca.
I'm a #teacher, primarily high school English #literacy / #ELA with predominantly second-language speakers. #HabloEspañol. I work in #ChristianEd. I'm interested in everything #education and #pedagogy. Alumna of #ClearTheAir.
I'm a misfit #Christian who grew up fundamentalist, went liberal Baptist for two years, became a classic case of Young, Restless, and #Reformed (but still Baptist), and am now learning to have no heroes but Jesus. The #Bible is good; #theology is not an intellectual exercise. Holding religious freedom and soul liberty together with a historically Christian sexual ethic. Miss the high church liturgy. #Monasticism-curious. Hate abuse, love survivors. #Missionary sent to the Dominican Republic.
It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine. #GoBlue 〽️
(PS I manually approve follower requests for everybody's safety- it's a teacher thing - but the lock icon doesn't mean my account is private 😊)
Religion.masto.host is a server for scholars of religion (any tradition, methodology, or period):
#CallForPapers #SignalBoost The (excellent, disabled-led) Canadian Journal of #Theology #MentalHealth & #Disability have call for content for their Fall 2023 issue on #Trauma & Resistance. Theological reflection on the impact of trauma & resistance against systematic oppressions that contribute to trauma. Articles, creative work, sermons etc are welcome. Submit by Aug 31 at https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjtmhd/about/submissions #TraumaTheology
Re-#introduction (I switched mastodon servers):
Posts may contain random stuff.
Zwar nicht #neuhier, aber dennoch:
Mitherausgeber von @CursorZeth
Ich poste über alles Mögliche.
It's publication day for Red Enlightenment!
An exploration of how to approach spirituality in a way that engages with both science and social justice
Go grab a copy, link is in my bio!
#socialism #socialist #spirituality #spiritual #science #complexsystems #systemsthinking #environmentalism #marx #religion #theology #liberationtheology #christianity #buddhism #judaism #hindu #daoism #confucianism #activist #activism #communism #communist #commons #utopia #history #philosophy #socialjustice
Okay, #Introduction time!
I'm Martha, a white #queer #trans lady and a candidate for UU ministry. I hope to find and spread some #TransJoy and #QueerJoy while I'm here. :Blobhaj_Heart_Trans:
Interests include whatever rabbit hole I find myself following at the moment, and:
#books (especially #SciFi and #fantasy)
One of my essays on voluntary assisted death is now available as a Zadok Paper.
Details: ‘Dying Without a Script: Some Theological Reflections on Voluntary Assisted Dying’. Zadok Papers S267 (2023): 5–10.
Happy to email a copy to anyone who may be interested.