Category Archives: Philosophy

What is religion?

What is religion? My definition is very broad: Religion is the concious effort to situate ourselves within a reality that involves but infinitely exceeds us conceptually, practically and morally.

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Rosenzweig and the philosopher-hybrid

I get the same feeling reading Rosenzweig as I do reading Levinas: I begin to feel a little like a paraphrasing popularizer, or vulgarizer. In a little over a day from now I hope I’ll just feel like a fellow … Continue reading

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Church name

I’m going to see if I can talk one of my Catholic friends into starting a church and naming it “Our Lady of Perpetual Shock”.

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This I know: We can only love where dread can and might irrupt. This I hope: Where dread irrupts, we can love. * Beyond my everything-sized soul there is a braided ring of dread, love and nothingness, Beyond that ring, perhaps there … Continue reading

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A solved problem. A defined problem believed to have a solution. A defined problem whose solution may be impossible. A defined problem believed to have no possible solution. An undefined but acknowledged felt difficulty believed to contain a definable problem. … Continue reading

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I need to read about Gershom Scholem‘s life. Scholem, along with his best friend, Walter Benjamin, could be a Northwest Passage from Judaism into those aspects of Nietzsche which remain as compelling to me today as when they blew me to … Continue reading

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The book I have been reading for the last thirty or so mornings has been Gershom Scholem’s Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. I am currently reading the chapter on Isaac Luria, and it is sparking insights and connections with other things I’ve read, in particular with … Continue reading

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