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Does God determine the winner of the Superbowl?

Yes, from the perspective of Hinduism. Since everyone is God in Hinduism it follows that the team that is the most in touch with “themselves” as God, during the game will win. Even from the perspective of Western 17th century philosopher Benedict Spinoza the answer might also be yes. For Spinoza “nature” is God. Since man is also “nature” along with the rest of the material world it follows that “man is God”. God is present in and for both teams but the reason that Atlanta may win in 2017 is that the owner, coach & quarterback for New England are supporters of Donald Trump who is out of touch with God to an extent that the Patriots are at a disadvantage. How might we explain this theological dynamic? The Patriots as a team may not be enamored of President Trump but the influence of the 3 above mentioned key Patriot club  members can distort the presence of God in enough players that they’re not in a meditative zone that is amenable to acting out their role as God. The rejection to this way of understanding God’s role in sports is the result of a liberal mindset that buys into a sort of “fundamentalist progressivism”. When so-called progressives reject religious belief on the basis of an experience of demythologizing traditional religion the knee jerk reaction is to embrace Humanism. For example, when someone discovers the world isn’t only 6000 years old they then assume if the Bible is wrong about that then the Bible has lost all credibility and the rest of religion too.

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Daily Riches: The Globalization of Indifference Towards the Poor (Pope Francis)

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“Jesus states that we cannot serve two masters, God and wealth. … Jesus tells us what the ‘protocol’ is, on which we will be judged: I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me, clothed me, visited me, took care of me. (Matthew 25) Whenever we do this to one of our brothers, we do this to Jesus. Caring for our neighbour; for those who are poor, who suffer in body and in soul, for those who are in need. This is the touchstone. …Poverty takes us away from idolatry and from feeling self-sufficient. …the Gospel does not condemn the wealthy, but the idolatry of wealth, the idolatry that makes people indifferent to the call of the poor. …

‘The Church [is] everyone’s Church, and particularly the Church of the poor.’ (Pope John XXIII)

In the following years, this…

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Verse – SpEcTaToRs

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Is there a day without a sport?
Remember when ABC’s
Wide World of Sports
was just on TV Saturdays…
and for only 90 minutes?
Baseball games were on the radio.
Now ESPN Channels 1-348 are on 24-7.
Just today WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS are being played and broadcast in
Professional Men’s Basketball,
Professional Men’s Hockey, and
Professional Women’s soccer.
I think there is a sport every minute.

Of course I could be wrong–
I watch only movies via NetFlicks,
37 HD Satellite Channels, BLU-RAY,
or in Theaters with rocking chairs,
cup-holders, 5 gallon popcorn buckets,
300 speakers, and IMAX.

Our grand-children watch small screens
under the covers after lights-out.

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, June 11, 2015

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“Gut Feelings” – of brains and bowels

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Scientific research adds a new dimension to the discussion of the bowels as the seat of the emotions in Property and Compassion – Plato and Luke (VFTE, 4/29/15). Our friend Gary, who frequently comments on Views from the Edge, brought it to our attention with his response to the Property and Compassion post:

I find it interesting that the intestines were considered the seat of emotions [in the Bible]. I read a couple months ago that we now know that the intestines actually are lined with neurons, i.e., brain cells. “Gut feeling” is more than a metaphor….

Click Gut feelings: the emerging biology of gut–brain communication  to read the full article. Or scroll down two-thirds of the way through the article to read get the essence of the gut-brain connection.

The Hebrew location of the emotions was the bowels, also translated “inner parts” – stomach and intestines…

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Compassion expressed or withheld – Plato and Luke

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The question of the relation between compassion and property and the emotional-psychological-spiritual results of expressing or withholding compassion came to the fore several Sundays ago after hearing a reading from The Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common” [Acts 4:32].

The whole group, i.e. the early disciples of Jesus, were putting into practice the political philosophy Plato recommended centuries before to legislators in the Greek republic:

“The form of law which I propose would be as follows: In a state which is desirous of being saved from the greatest of all plagues—not faction, but rather distraction—there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil . . . Now…

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Speculative Heresy: a New Collective Blog on Laruelle and Speculative Realism

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by F. Leruelle at Midway Art in Mpls. My view of the world mutated as a result of his insights.

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In just the past few days, Nick from Accursed Share, Ben from Naught Thought and I have created a new joint blog gathering together translations, book reviews, commentary, reading discussions, etc. on Laruelle, speculative realism and non-philosophy called Speculative Heresy. We conceive it to be an open discussion and collection of different perspectives on this new and still slightly obscure discipline.

Generally conceived, non-philosophy is opposed to revolution which is much too often the mode associated with new philosophical decisions. Modeling the “non-” after the non- in non-Euclidean geometries, non-philosophy aims to suspend some of the fundamental axioms which support the principle of sufficient philosophy (or PSP). According to Laruelle, non-philosophy proceeds through mutation rather than revolution, and this mutation lately has taken the form of heresy (testified most explicitly in Laruelle’s The Future Christ: A Lesson in Heresy (2003)). The site is still fresh, but within the…

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Charlie Hebdo’s & North Dakota’s Logos

Just a comment about the issue of the Sioux logo. Has it occurred to anyone how the recent Charlie Hebdo incident relates to the issue of the Sioux logo. What we saw over the last 20 yrs was an indictment by the PC community of the Sioux name & logo as an affront to the civil rights of Native Americans. These same PC groups seemingly have no problem standing up for free speech when it comes to defending the cartoonists @ Charlie Hebdo. Here we have cartoonists, whose origin is the Paris Student Movement of 1968, thinking it is OK to mock a religious figure through its publication’s cartoons. Here in the U.S. & North Dakota the same people, who defend & motivate the NCAA to bully UND et al, will defend the more egregious treatment Charlie Hebdo exhibited in their depiction of Mohammed as a cartoon. How hypocritical is that? Here we have at UND an image & name used as a positive nickname, even endorsed by many Natives, getting indicted by the PC crowd as disrespectful & those same critics sticking up for free speech when a cartoon @ Hebdo, doing just the opposite, is used to stand up for free speech. Does anyone else see the contradiction here? For me this proves that the real underlying motivation by PCers is that the contention by them that the Sioux logo is disrespectful because it trivializes the Dakota people’s history is more about the PC crowds minimization of “sport” as a worthy activity than it is about caring for the integrity of the Dakota people. These same critics will glorify ancient Greek culture & “sport” as the prime example of high culture when in fact the goal in ancient Greek water polo was to drown your opponent.  For today’s PCer modern “sport”, that doesn’t believe in killing an opponent, doesn’t rate as a worthy cultural activity that can reflect a culture by using its sacred image, i.e., the Sioux name and logo.

Gary Severson

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Rev. Dr. Joerg Rieger at N texas JwJ Town Hall...

Rev. Dr. Joerg Rieger at N texas JwJ Town Hall Meeting (Photo credit: Jobs with Justice)

Dr. Joerg Rieger is a Constructive Theology professor @ Southern Methodist Univ. in Dallas, Tx. Below is his essay dealing with the need for religion to reform itself.

I had the pleasure to spend time with Dr. Rieger the last 2 years when he was visiting Mpls./St.Paul, in particular @ Hamline Univ. in St. Paul.  He has authored a number of books dealing with the “American empire” & the 3rd world. His theology is very progressive if not revolutionary.

http://www.aeonmagazine.com/oceanic-feeling/joerg-rieger-occupy-religion/

The Philosophy Of Bernard Stiegler

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English: Image by David Barison/Daniel Ross 2004, from the film The Ister (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I spent a couple of days with a French philosopher, Bernard Stiegler, at the UMn. 3 weeks ago & his analysis of social media is brilliant. He actually tied Newtown & Boston & previous mass killings to the prevalence of social media distorting the process of individuation in our young worldwide.

IOW the presence of too many guns in our society is due more to the confusion caused by social media & subsequent lack of cohesive personalities.

This guy goes way back to Plato’s concern about writing leading to the loss of memory that he  believed would lead to problems for the world in the future. IOW when we externalize our memories with symbols we lose inner direction used in the individuation process.

The second day I listened to him in a small graduate  seminar. He had to stop @ noon in order to get ready to fly back to Paris to address 1000 CEOs the next day.  He is seen as having the greatest insights into the cultural crisis we face.

Stiegler could talk about ideas more precisely in ESL better than most of us can in our native English. It was an amazing experience to listen to him & be able to ask a few questions.

Bottom line is I think a case can be made for the NRA’s position about people killing people & not guns.  The problem arises though that if we have the kind of society that creates psychopaths wholesale can we have the gun culture that makes access to certain kinds of weapons too easy?

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