The Incarnation of Desire An Artist's Reflection on Mimetic Desire by Bobby Kendall

Desire is the thing that both leads and eludes us. As reflective beings, desire is the force that flows between our intricate web of relationships, capable of binding or dividing us. Largely beyond our awareness, we are compelled by the desire of others. When we receive inspiration, it is always from this collective other. We begin to… The Incarnation of Desire An Artist’s Reflection on Mimetic Desire by Bobby Kendall“>read more »

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Desire and I

Yesterday I walked past a tennis court where a family was trying to have fun. Only one problem – there was a two-and-a-half year old who could not understand why he had to make turns hitting the ball with his older brother. He insisted that every ball should be personally delivered to him. The eventual… read more »

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Mysteries of Awareness

Occasionally the small wood fire crackled. One by one the stars began to wink. The top of the mountains caught the last diffused light, but darkness soon enveloped them as well. Above them the heavens awoke – an innumerable host lit the skies. The only light on earth was distant and dim – a farmhouse… read more »

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Does God have a Future?

We can conceive of God as one who is present everywhere (omnipresent), including all of time – past, present and future. That obviously depends on our understanding of time. We can also conceive of God as being omniscient in this sense – knowing all things past, present and future. For such a god nothing is… read more »

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A New Experience is Beckoning …

  I have never tried to stand in the way of a train at full speed. The fact that you are reading this suggest that neither have you. Time, like a train, is often experienced as an unstoppable and unyielding movement. You either flow with it or you are crushed by it, but never does… read more »

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The Future of Faith

Unknown, yet intriguing. Dangerous, yet exciting. The future. So much effort invested to determine it. So much time spent to secure it. Yes, our actions today have consequences that extend into the future, but the future is much larger than what we can personally control. If we ever succeed in making the future certain, it… read more »

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Is Violence Always Evil?

Violence is easily recognized as evil when it is directed against us. It is however more difficult to recognize it as such when it is our own violence directed against deserving targets. In fact, our own violence is most often seen as sacred and sanctioned by God himself. Righteous indignation, justified retribution, are some of… read more »

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Facing a Life-Threatening Attack.

It was 1998 in a very turbulent South Africa. As I opened the front door and shouted to our dog, Mandy, to keep quiet as she had been barking incessantly, a man grabbed me from behind and held a knife to my throat. As he swung me round I just remember pointing a finger in… read more »

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Authenticity and Imitation

Many popular slogans instruct us to be authentic by refusing to imitate others: Be yourself, everyone else is taken; You were born an original, don’t die a copy.  etc. What these sayings incorrectly imply is that the less influence one allows others to have on oneself, the more authentic one will be. It assumes that… read more »

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Before and After René Girard

“… my life is divided into two parts—before my encounter with René Girard, and after.” Jean-Michel Oughourlian (1) I remember reading this about a year ago and thinking: that is a huge statement to make of any person. Its the kind of thing people would say about the day they met Jesus – a conversion… read more »

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