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Joe Chi Minh
It's profound truths could not be more beautifully expressed, either.

'They consider anyone who observes the dances to be participants in their prayers, and that is what happens, from my experience. I don't have to know what it "means".... I just have to be there and be open.'

There is an old Roman Catholic saying, 'to work is to pray' (laborare est orare), obviously, assuming the proper disposition of the heart, which is to glorify God in all we do. How much more would this apply to 'dance', especially when accompanied by the people singing. Praise is considered the highest form of worship, and 'song', it's highest expression.

In your reference to 'absorbing', you implicitly reiterate the truth Aldous Huxley addressed in such a fascinating manner in his essay on comparative religion, The Perennial Philosophy, namely, that spiritual truth is not accessed by the worldly intelligence, associated with the brain. And that, in a remarkably ingnorant 'scientismificist' way.

http://science-spirituality.blogspot.com/s...

Wisdom has always been considered the province of the heart, and that, for a very good reason. The deepest truths are all together too abstruse, complex and dynamic to be perceived by the conscious processes of the brain, but are, to borrow your word, 'absorbed', and synthesised to form the basis of our assumptions. Some individuals plainly prefer falsehood and reject them in favour of their own fairy-tales, such as those cherished by our scientismificist friend*; but, in the same way, it is the heart that makes the choice. The human soul consists of the memory, the will and the understanding.

On the level of our assumptions, we believe what we want to believe. We are all, in a sense, 'wishful thinkers'. It just happens that God had made and sustains the world in accordance with the way his own flock, his own 'wishful thinkers' would have it. Not a random juxtaposition of molecules, but a place in which our trials, be they never so hideous, are correspondingly rewarded, often, to some extent, in this life, and then more than fully, in the next; in which the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes, not pre-Macondo gusher, BP's, annual report, are held and cherished as the most sublime conceivable text. I don't believe any true martyr, even in such ante-chambers to hell, as Abu Ghraib, will have died without some theophany of God's love in this life and the next. Just as Christ's transfiguration and his miracles (the most spectacular, mostly reserved for witness by only his closest followers) were accorded to them, to prepare them for his imminent, atrocious torture and crucufixion.

The philosophical school linking our knowledge with our volition is apparenty called, 'voluntarism'. It is the basis of all Christ's Gospel teachings - and how could it not be? We shall, after all be judged not on what we know with our wordly intelligence, but on the habitual disposition of our hearts. Otherwise, our current cruel and rapacious elites would triumph yet again in the next life, and we are told in one of the New Testament Epistles that God chooses the poor to be rich in faith.

And with this faith, we return to the abstruse nature of wisdom. It has much more to do with commitment to a selfless love of God, as imperatively expressed through love of our neighbour, than with our conscious 'belief', 'credence', still less 'credulity'. Again, as St James, I think, tells us, 'The devil believes in God and trembles.' The so-called, theological virtues, Faith, Hope and Love, are really a continuum - though the same could be said of all the virtues, in respect of which Love is the indispensable 'active ingredient'.

*Scientismificists, and doubtless not a few high-flyers in the scientific field, are so pedantic and limited in their world-view, that, as some genuinely eminent scientist/thinker, possibly Einstein, pointed out, before a new paradigm becomes understood and accepted, it takes the emergence of a new generation, who grew up with it! Hence the living epistemological fossils, with their 18th century - even 17th century beliefs, such as highfructosesugar.



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Logic, not physics
What Random_Australian failed to grasp, but I believe I had intimated initially, is that my contentions regarding the radiation of photons from the Singularity and simply in the form of light, as viewed here on our earth, were not assertions concerning any truths of empirical science*, in themselves, at all, but, rather, the ineluctable, logical implications of them in relation to philosophy/theology. Just not open to dispute.

*The pinnacle of my achievements in the direction of empirical science, was a somewhat modest ability to solve quadratic equations.
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