Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion


Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion I was admitted to the hospital recently. As part of the admittance process I was asked to state a religious preference. I surprised myself by saying, “None.” For the first sixty-one years of my life I participated in public acts of worship at least fifty times each year. IContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Living Without Religion”

Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?


Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die? The deepest mystery of faith is what happens when we die. Some would say that we go dark like a candle that is extinguished. Others would suggest that there is a part of us that continues. There is a whiff of smoke as the candle is extinguished,Continue reading “Faith Demystified – What Happens When We Die?”

Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe


Demystifying Faith – Our Place in the Universe We are born of the cosmos, and this is not some religious illusion. The iron in our blood and the calcium in our teeth were created in ancient stars that exploded as supernovae, spreading their chemical wealth across the galaxy. We are stardust, and to stardust weContinue reading “Faith Demystified – Our Place in the Universe”

Faith Demystified – Prologue


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED Prologue The quest for faith is one of the strongest of all human urges. The oldest archeological sites contain evidence of religious awareness. The Neanderthals buried their dead, suggesting that they were aware of their own mortality. The quest for faith includes of the following categories and more: What happens when we die?Continue reading “Faith Demystified – Prologue”

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2


The Spirituality of String Theory   String Theory or its close cousin M-theory, with their ten or eleven dimensions, is a universe beyond our comprehension.  Cosmologists are still struggling with its workings and what it means for our existence.  The origin of String Theory was in trying to describe what happened before the Big Bang.Continue reading “A String Theory Vision: Chapter 2”

The Progressive Church Dilemma


Progressive churches are in a dilemma, caught between fundamentalism on the one side and secularization on the other side.  While progressives have dismissed any interpretation of the Bible that is based upon fundamentalism, it can be very hard to decipher what that post-fundamentalist message actually is. THE MESSAGE Recently I attended a United Methodist ChurchContinue reading “The Progressive Church Dilemma”

Divine Paradoxes


Paradoxes are common in both cosmology and in theology.  Indeed, this shared quality demonstrates how these two seemingly diverse endeavors are really quite similar, if not two sides of the same coin. A photon can act like either a wave or a particle depending on what is being tested, or what question is being asked.Continue reading “Divine Paradoxes”

The Cosmos and the Logos of God


United Church of Cloverdale Sunday, June 27, 2010 The Work of God’s Fingers Psalm 8:1-9 Greg Bentall When I was a small boy I loved to sleep out under the stars.  I could spend hours just watching the night sky.  There were stars and planets, satellites and meteors, nebulae and galaxies.  But the sky wasContinue reading “The Cosmos and the Logos of God”