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. I […]

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, […]

Faith Demystified – How Prayer Works


Demystifying Faith – How Prayer Works “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used […]

Faith Demystified – What Prayer is Not


FAITH DEMYSTIFIED What Prayer is Not Prayer is a very powerful tool, but few Christians understand much about it. Churches have not wanted to be honest about prayer. Rather, churches have spent their energy polishing the prayer illusion, often for financial gain. Most churches would no more give up the illusion of prayer than a […]

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. […]

A String Theory Vision: Chapter 1


Try to envision a universe with nine spatial dimensions and one dimension of time.  Such is the emerging view of our universe according to String Theory.  Or, if you prefer the closely related M-theory, you will have to live with a universe of ten spatial dimensions and one of time. I used to lie awake […]

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. […]

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 was […]