It seems a human embryo should go through every stage of evolution. It is called the theory of recapitulation. In Ernst Haeckel’s (1834-1919) words; "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny." In modern biology, this theory has been more refined; however, the main idea is still critical and applicable to many other disciplinary areas such as developmental psychologies. We … Continue reading Spiral Dynamics
The Cloud of Unknowing is one of the key books for traditions of contemplative prayer, written anonymously by the late fourteen century’s monk in England. The book is a sort of guidance for spiritual pursuit, focusing on the state of contemplation. It consists of seventy five chapters. Like the Bible and other spiritual readings, we … Continue reading The Cloud of Unknowing
Plato claimed that our physical world was a shadow by a series of forms. Only beyond these forms, we could reach something truthful and timeless. He dichotomized both worlds as forms and ideas, likewise, physics and metaphysics. For example, we see various horses on earth. According to Plato, there must be something like ideal horseness … Continue reading A Pair of Peasant Shoes
Pentecost (πεντηκοστή) literally means the fiftieth. In the Jewish tradition, it is the fiftieth day after Passover to celebrate the harvest. In the Christian tradition, it is the fiftieth day or the seventh Sunday after Easter; the event that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, … Continue reading Peter, The Rock, The Key
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.Psalm 46:10 It is one of the best-known verses for Christian contemplative prayer. When we pray, first of all, we have to be still. Even when Jesus prayed, he was always alone to be … Continue reading The Prayer of True Obedience
Saul of Tarsus (later would be known as Paul the Apostle) was full of himself. He believed he was right; people called him a Pharisee of the Pharisees. His religious life was flawless. He thought what he was doing was perfectly aligned with God's will. He even felt his responsibility for keeping everything and everyone … Continue reading Paul’s Conversion
The shortest verse in the entire Bible is this: Jesus wept. John 11:35 It consists of two words only; simple yet powerful. Why did Jesus weep? He wept when he saw Lazarus' dead body in the grave. Jesus loved Lazarus, and his sisters, Martha and Mary. While all of them were weeping, Martha said to … Continue reading Lazarus, Come Forth!