essays

Climate

A little over two years ago, I stood with a friend in a town where we had both elected to go to grad school. “Why are we doing this?” I asked him, “Why is anyone doing what they’re doing? I bet society as a whole will collapse in the near future.” My friend said he… Continue reading Climate

poetry

Atonement for negative karma

I recognize that my actions have harmed others in the past. Through selfishness, I have created and amplified traumas, Some of which may live on to this day. These will need to be healed through time, Some of them perhaps living on to future generations. For my part, I recognize that my own harmful actions… Continue reading Atonement for negative karma

Interview/Talk

Spiritual anatomy (Spiritual Download)

Kyle Hilding of the Spiritual Download YouTube channel and I discuss spiritual anatomy: what is soul? What is mind? What is body? What is heart? What is spirit? How do these things exist in relation to one another? For the purpose of this discussion, Kyle and I created and compare two diagrams portraying our views… Continue reading Spiritual anatomy (Spiritual Download)

Events

Upcoming talk: spiritual anatomy

On November 5th at 6 pm Central Time, Kyle Hilding and I will stream a discussion about what we are calling "spiritual anatomy." Attached is an image that gets at what we might mean by this: the architecture of things like soul, heart, and spirit within and beyond the body. Obviously, this will be one… Continue reading Upcoming talk: spiritual anatomy

essays

Cults, culture, and charismatic leaders

I once dated someone who was a member of an ongoing, intensive support group, and I spent the first half of our relationship trying to persuade her that it was a cult. “You don’t need the group in order to be healthy!” I would tell her, “You don’t need them! Just look at me: I’m… Continue reading Cults, culture, and charismatic leaders