Thoughts I am pondering this week

Did humans evolve with a purpose, or are we merely accidents? I think both Democrats and Republicans need to ponder this question as they “make sausage” or that matter create stalemates —an understanding of what it means to be human and the difference it makes.

Vatican II laid out a roadmap for the Church in the modern world, social justice, and meeting the living God. So now what? Does the Church realize that it needs to convert into Christianity those already baptized?

Is the task of Christian Theology is to interpret a “given,” a received tradition, in a present cultural context. It has always been so according to Marcus Borg. So why is this so difficult to understand?

As a historian, you learn quickly corruption has been part of the human fabric since humans could think. Corruption is woven into the fabric of wealth, power, and prestige. Religious institutions past and present are no exception. How do we change that model?

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”~Viktor Frankl I have great admiration for Viktor Frankl and often wonder if he were alive right now would he be experiencing “flashbacks”?

Where did Vatican II miss the mark? Well, sadly, the task of educating the faithful was left up to individual parishes. It was a focus on local optimum versus global optimum. Global optimization involves finding the optimal solution to problems that contain local optima. Is this a problem for all denominations? I am thinking so. Thoughts?

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