Tag: Thomas Merton

An Unexpected Benefit of Studying the Mystics

For some reason, I’ve always been interested in sources of inspiration and creativity – the guy behind the guy in a sense. So if someone is an influential musician, say, I want to know who had influenced them. In college I dug into some of the inspirations for artists like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, going back into the catalogue of early 20th century masters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and so on. I wanted to hear that originating source.

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The Centerpiece Anchor of I-Don’t-Know: The Word of God And The Wordless Tao

By definition, original sin implies that our faculties for knowing sin are inherently impaired with sin also. Perhaps our capacities for truly knowing anything are intrinsically skewed, and the fall in Genesis 3 leaves us completely blind when it comes to seeing divinity. Going forward in blind faith, then, implies that we cannot see the path ahead, or, at least, cannot see it very well.

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