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Shadows of Divine Things

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Location: Texas, United States

This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Another Quick Tag

Back in June I was tagged by a friend of mine, David. And recently tagged again, same tag, by Steve Scott. So, what I'm going to do is simply link here to the past tag, and that will cover the new tag, how effecient is that? So, here's the link to the old tag, and enjoy a good laugh at my expense.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

In Transition

Ok, I guess I need to explain my absence from blogging, as if this has any import whatsoever, since by now no one actually reads this blog any longer. Nonetheless, I have been away, or better yet, I have failed to post, due to a new job that has kept me extremely busy. It seems I'm always working to get by and pay the bills but to keep pace with "life" at this time robs me of any life.

Woe is I. Oh well, stay tuned, cause when I get caught up I do intent to continue posting, so keep checking back every once in a while.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Gradations of Sin (Part One)

As of late discussions of degrees or gradations of sin have come up several times in various discussions I have had. Having been raised Southern Baptist, at least in my local church where I was raised, sin was viewed on an even playing field, so to speak. What I mean by this is that the Baptist view I was raised in regarding sin was that a sin was a sin was a sin, murder was just as wrong as stealing because all sin is wrong. I've come a long way since the denomination of my youth, and emphatically disagree with this type of thinking.

However, it must be stated here that I also disagree with the "results" Roman Catholic view on this issue as well (a little more about this will be discussed in subsequent posts). When I say the "results" of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) I mean the end result of their thinking on these issues; the ultimate outcome in certain circumstances. I agree with the RCC that there are gradations of sin. Murder is in fact a greater sin than stealing, and lust is not as great a sin as the actual act of adultry or fornication. Where I part ways with the RCC is with the results of committing certain sins, the "punishment" of certain sins.

Keeping this issue at a basic level, to say that all sin is equal in its weight or effect, etc. seems to me anyway, to be quite wrong headed. But to declare that when more serious sins (i.e. cardinal sins) are committed this leads to eteranl destruction without the possibility of redemption or forgiveness in certain circumstances (once again I'll detail this issue later) seems wrong headed as well. What I hope to accomplish in this brief series is the idea of gradation of sin and to examine the RCC view of cardinal sins versus venial sins and their effects. To that end I write, and I hope anyone out there who has any input will feel free to add their two-cents. I am certainly not an expert on this issue, so feel free to slap me down if you disagree, but do so cordially please. ;-)

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Quote of the Week

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."

- Henry Drummond