How Does Emanation Work in Christian Theology?

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Wisdom 7:25 describes Wisdom as “a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty.” What is an emanation in this context? What does it mean that Wisdom emanates from God? We see the concept of emanation constantly in Neoplatonism, but how does emanation work in Christian theology? Here’s a metaphor I find helpful to my … Read more

From Atheist to Christian: How I went from One Heresy to Another

Christ

Why Am I a Christian? Here’s the story of how I went from atheist to Christian heretic. First I must state how strange it is to describe myself as “a Christian.” It feels much more comfortable to call myself “someone interested in Christianity” or “someone fascinated by Christianity.”  My fascination is like a religious anthropologist. … Read more

Is God Within Us?

God Within Us

“I have called this center the self. … an unknowable essence which we cannot grasp as such, since by definition it transcends our powers of comprehension. It might equally well be called the ‘God within us.’…” ~ C.G. Jung  I agree with Jung entirely with this statement, with one exception: the center is not just … Read more

What Does It Mean to Know God?

Gregory Palamas

What does it mean to know God? Infinite knowing, infinite being; this is usually considered the nature of Absoluteness. The contemporary philosophical movement called speculative realism is a non-theological recognition of the necessity of the Absolute to account for the ground of Being. Yet do I really know there to be an Absolute? Can I … Read more

What Happens When Tarot Cards Don’t Make Sense?

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Have you ever done a Tarot reading, either for yourself or someone else, and the Tarot cards just don’t make sense? I know I have. But what does this mean? The magic didn’t work? The gods didn’t intervene? Our psychic powers stopped working? Our unconscious stopped communicating? For beginner Tarot readers, when Tarot cards don’t … Read more

Two of Swords – Tarot Card Meaning

Two of Swords Rider-Waite-Smith

Two of Swords Cardinal Air Moon in Libra Keywords: tension, balance, on the verge of change, needing to make a decision, dilemma, stalemate, difficulty Rider-Waite-Smith In the RWS you can see a woman, dressed in gray robes, sitting on a stone slab, blindfolded, with two swords crossed over her chest. Behind her lies a body … Read more

Can Tarot Cards Ruin Your Life?

Mary and Jesus in ruins

If you are on the fence about getting into the Tarot, you might be wondering: can Tarot cards ruin your life? On the one hand, Tarot cards are just little pieces of cardboard with ink on them. They hold no intrinsic power except what you put into them. In this sense, Tarot cards do not … Read more