Whether we like it or not, research shows that all of us are given to being self-deceived. It turns out that a person generally believes to be true what they want to be true, even when evidence is glaringly opposed to their beliefs. Take for instance the fact that most people think they're above average when it comes to job performance or driving skills, as well as the fact that some people who really are ahead think they're not. What does this propensity for self-deception tell us about families and communities in general, and communities of faith in particular? Isn't faith, after all, just a socially accepted form of self-deception? This is the third in a three-part series looking at self-deception and faith. Helpful authors on the topic: Robert Trivers (Deceit and Self-deception), Gregg Ten Elsoff (I Told Me So), and Herbert Fingarette (Self-Deception). 

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Whether we like it or not, research shows that all of us are given to being self-deceived. It turns out that a person generally believes to be true what they want to be true, even when evidence is glaringly opposed to their beliefs. Take for instance the fact that most people think they're above average when it comes to job performance or driving skills, as well as the fact that some people who really are ahead think they're not. What does this propensity for self-deception tell us about families and communities in general, and communities of faith in particular? Isn't faith, after all, just a socially accepted form of self-deception? This is the second in a three-part series looking at self-deception and faith. Helpful authors on the topic: Robert Trivers (Deceit and Self-deception), Gregg Ten Elsoff (I Told Me So), and Herbert Fingarette (Self-Deception). 

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Whether we like it or not, research shows that all of us are given to being self-deceived. It turns out that a person generally believes to be true what they want to be true, even when evidence is glaringly opposed to their beliefs. Take for instance the fact that most people think they're above average when it comes to job performance or driving skills, as well as the fact that some people who really are ahead think they're not. What does this propensity for self-deception tell us about families and communities in general, and communities of faith in particular? Isn't faith, after all, just a socially accepted form of self-deception? This is the first in a three-part series looking at self-deception and faith. Helpful authors on the topic: Robert Trivers (Deceit and Self-deception), Gregg Ten Elsoff (I Told Me So), and Herbert Fingarette (Self-Deception). 

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November 18, 2017

67 | The Obstacle is the Way

Here's a quick provocation/meditation rooted in some of the wonderfully paradoxical thinking of (mostly) Heraclitus and (a bit of) Kierkegaard.

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November 10, 2017

66 | The Law of Three

This episode offers a brief explanation of a fascinating way of looking at how new things happen. Said fascinating way of looking at things is referred to as the 'law of three' and it is derived from a slightly unexpected way of looking at the doctrine of the Trinity. For a more detailed exploration of the law of three, you can seek out Rev. Dr. Cynthia Borgeault's book 'The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three' (Shambhala Publications, 2013). 

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This episode offers a brief reflection on some of the ideas encountered in Nathan Schwartz-Salant's intriguing and insightful book, The Order-Disorder Paradox: Understanding the Hidden Side of Change in Self and Society (North Atlantic Books, 2017). The core paradox presented by Schwartz-Salant is that all new order creates disorder, as is evident in many of our personal experiences, as well as in larger societal shifts. 

See: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/548664/the-order-disorder-paradox-by-nathan-schwartz-salant/9781623171162/

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This is the final episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job. In it, we'll be looking at a pivotal theme in the book of Job — the subject of wonder, which the ancients believed is the real beginning of wisdom. This episode ties in with the content of episode 28, which you may want to (re)visit if you find this subject matter interesting. At the end of the episode, I play a song by Brolly that you can watch here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b09f8oEm1S0

You can check out Brolly's music here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brolly/id295473393

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The book of Job, as one of the oldest books (possibly THE oldest book) in the biblical canon, represents a truly astonishing, revolutionary historical and philosophical turn — a turn in favor, not of the powerful, but in favor of victims. Because we live in an age that has turned the victim into an absolute value of sorts, it's sometimes difficult to appreciate the nuances involved in this remarkable turn, which is the focus of this penultimate episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job.

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This is the 9th part in an Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job. It also happens to be something of an interlude on the way to the two-part conclusion to the series. Here, I read GK Chesterton's wonderful essay "Introduction to the book of Job"—an essay referred to often by the philosopher Slavoj Žižek but without him always taking into account the larger argument of the essay. Chesterton offers a fresh take on Job that we'd all do well to pay attention to. It's wise and funny—filled with helpful and interesting insights. It asks whether God could be the ultimate skeptic, and perhaps even the ultimate blasphemer, and presents the astonishing idea that paradoxes are more comforting than answers. 

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This episode—the eighth episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the third of a three-part Inception-style series-within-a-series on the nature of the self (and on its transformation). We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job represents growth with its focus on truth and the introdction of a new kind of consciousness.

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