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Intercession

Talks about intercession, a religious idea dealing with the mystical transfer of graces through a prayerful mediator. Continue reading

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Freud’s Pleasure Principle – Missing the point of spiritual healing?

Sigmund Freud believed that human beings begin life by seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. This “pleasure principle” initially takes the form of relieving instinctual tensions generated by the id through activity or hallucination. When one grows older and the ego matures, … Continue reading


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Philia – One of many loves

Philia is a Greek term usually translated as brotherly or friendly love. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle says there are three types of philia: Love for what is of practical use Love for what is pleasing Love for the good Aristotle is … Continue reading


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Persona – Age old concept with a whole new twist

Roots of Persona The idea of the persona has been around for ages, with roots stemming back to ancient Greek and Estruscan civilizations. Over the centuries the use of the term has shifted, evolved and, in response to new technologies, … Continue reading


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Pelegianism and authoritarian personalities

Preamble: Why I’m not too enthusiastic about Christian theology  (skip to main entry, Pelegianism) Reading over material for this update, I came to feel that Pelegianism is a great example of why I’m not overly enthused about the history of Christian … Continue reading


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Ants in the Anthill – What’s Missing in the Multiverse?

Most of us have probably heard the term multiverse. But what is it? Well, that might depend on who you are and how you look at things. In the most general sense, the multiverse is a hypothesis that describes many … Continue reading


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A Pagan Place?

Embed from Getty Images The perception of Paganism has changed over the years. Pagans remain a religious minority in most places, and we find different opinions about Paganism as a spiritual path. In advanced countries it is rare and probably … Continue reading


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Purgatory – an old concept in need of an update?

Divine Comedy by Dante – illustration to Purgatory by A. Baruffi. 14th canto: ‘ ‘Io sono Aglauro che divenni sasso!’/ Ed allor, per istrignermi al poeta,/ Indietro feci e non innanzi il passo.’ In Catholicism, purgatory is an afterlife place … Continue reading