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November 24, 2014

Reflection for the Week- November 24th, 2014

Dialogue animates and breathes life into ideas, which tend to stagnate into oblivion when reduced to monologue. If we take a dialogical trajectory in our thinking, we will begin to develop formulations that yield a greater credibility. This is so because we are working with a broader sphere of possibilities that combine to offer a surplus of meaning. And reality is like that – breathtaking and overflowing with meaning – which is not entirely captureable, nor however, is it anything we make it out to be.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 17, 2014

Reflection for the Week- November 17th, 2014

The issues of science and theology, trust and suspicion, interpretation, art, objectivity and subjectivity, along with others, merit hard and careful thought. If Christians are to continue on the road towards credibility, there is a vital need to face the many challenges ahead. In order to participate in the hope of renewing a thirst for the living God and a living spirituality that touches the whole of life, Christians must not only track their culture, but also trace it. This means it is essential to be aware of the personal and cultural impact of ideas, and to leave, through an involvement with people, a Christian imprint. My hope is that such efforts, dedicated to God and the Christian community, will inspire others to take notice that the God of the biblical text is there and that Christianity is true.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 10, 2014

Reflection for the Week- November 10th, 2014

How rationality can be limited to p is not non p escapes me. I must be missing something. These types of proposals cannot really be serious. What’s rational, it seems to me, appears to deal with a larger surface than the mind or principles of logic. After all positivism and rationalism are like; ‘dead in the water.’ But no doubt, I could be mistaken on this. Yet, I can’t help offering a small wager. That is, rationality has to deal with the laboratory of relationality, or even more challengingly, the laboratory of life (see Thursday Thoughts - October 16 and Living Spiritual Rhythms - October 22) if it is to be considered rational. Thus, the notion of rational should be as mega (Big) as it can get, without supposing that it will ever be meta (Total).

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 03, 2014

Reflection for the Week- November 3rd, 2014

When her/his default mode is undermining belief in her/him self, her/his line of appeal for this is her/him self. Such an orientation creates difficulties, and attempting to be a self-authoritative self in this particular area of life is one of them, as he/she knows very well it will not hold up elsewhere. Isolating modes of being creates monologue, which in contrast to dialogue, leaves much more room for lying to oneself. Another problem is that the scale of trust and suspicion is strongly tipped towards trusting him/her self in unbelief, when suspicion should be tilting the scale in its direction. Clinging to her/his unbelief in him/her self, therefore, is a devastating contradiction, since she/he is supposed to be negating belief in her/him self, but in actuality is really affirming it.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery