Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Great Problem

"... when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion--its message becomes meaningless.”



― Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism

Regarding Fixed Doctrine

First, there really isn't any. In the previous post, I might have implied that the sacred texts of the church are the two books mentioned. That is far from the truth. I also said in that post that truth is where you find it. This I firmly believe, so much so that I cannot imagine taking any particular position on even the nature and identity of Christ, other than that He is the fountainhead of all love, and that love is the basis of all true spiritual practice.

The books put forward in the previous post are simply those which will be the basis and starting point of discussion. They represent the paradigm in which conversations will occur on this blog, and in the church in general.

Again, that is absolutely not to say that those discussions are doctrine. They are not. There is not doctrine other than love. Find it where it is. There are no identified core sacred texts in the church. These are just the initial recommended reading.

Thanks.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

First Things First

Gospel of Thomas

Gospel of the Beloved Companion

May as well start at the beginning, eh? Here are the two main documents we will be concerning ourselves with in this blog, and of course in the Church, itself.

A quick explanation, though: The position of the church has changed with regard to the identity of the disciple called "John" in the New Testament. We are convinced, now, that the true identity of the disciple who Christ loved was in reality Mary Magdalene, and that her influence upon the early church was deliberately attacked, in part by attributing her gospel to John. In other words, we are adopting the position taken byJehanne de Quillan in the above book. It is recommended; indeed we believe that it is the correct version of this Gospel, and therefore indispensable.

Another note: It is also recommended that one read "Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings" by Richard Hooper. Wisdom is found where it is, and this book is beautiful proof of that.