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Paul’s Letter to the Romans – Ancient innovation to overcome legalism

Paul’s Letter To The Romans is an important book of the Christian New Testament. Most Catholic and Protestant scholars agree that it was written by the apostle Paul c. 56 CE., probably in the Greek city of Corinth. Paul’s writings … Continue reading


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Rishis – Holy persons or good singers with too much time on their hands?

In Hinduism rishis are primal seers or sages mentioned in the Vedas. The rishis belonged to an elite class of male and female holy persons said to have received the Vedas through revelation. They “heard” and then passed on the sacred Vedas … Continue reading


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Revelation and revealed knowledge – Can we separate the wheat from the chaff?

That was a revelation! When we hear someone say this in daily life, we usually take it to mean that they are inspired, see an issue in a new light or learn something that deepens their understanding. Revelation has become … Continue reading


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Plato’s Republic – A far-reaching attempt to understand life and eternity

The Republic is a political, philosophical and literary work by the ancient Greek Plato. Written in dialog form around 380 BCE, it reads more like a play than a dry treatise on philosophy, maths, political theory or the arts. Plato writes … Continue reading


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Realism – What is real, anyhow?

Realism is a term with several meanings. Here are three: 1- Creative work in arts and culture, known as “representations” that appear natural and accurate. The accuracy can be poetic or blunt, and may carry a political message. Like most … Continue reading


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Swami (or Yogi) Ramacharaka – Privileged mystic or just another person mistaking knowledge for belief?

Swami or Yogi Ramacharaka (true identity unknown) was a Hindu-influenced mystic philosopher.¹ He or she wrote extensively on astral planes where the self allegedly resides between different incarnations. In his or her book Mystic Christianity Ramacharaka offers an imaginative, if not … Continue reading


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Comte Henri de Saint-Simon – His concern for the poor shines above everything else

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon (1760-1825) or, more commonly, Saint-Simon is one of those figures who comes up regularly in sociology courses, especially so-called “classical” or “classical theory” courses.¹ Until writing this entry, I knew little about him. But I … Continue reading