Rob Schwartz

The faithlessness of Faith

The problem we have in the modern church is not that faith is under attack, but that faith is absent. We have replaced faith with certainty, where the problem a;ways starts. It diminishes our God and multiplies our enemies. It is the original sin: eating from the tree of “the knowledge of good and evil.” …

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The Roots of Gluttony

Though the idea of being a part of one of the contests makes me feel a little queasy, I’m not bothered by it any more than I am waste and gratuitous overindulgence in general. It may be important in a plentiful society to celebrate the feast time when things are good, and there are traditions …

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Paradox and Pride

Pride: Aquinas is a primary source for Christian theology as we know it today, and suggests that it is the greatest sin because it is an attempt to resist subjugation to God “in accordance to divine rule.”  Dyson follows with a more nuanced definition pointing out that “the difficulty arises when love of God and …

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Self-Confidence vs Ego

Lama Surya Das in his article Self-confidence vs. Egotism and Pride  asks the crucial question, “Which self are we confident in, exactly, one might profitably ask and inquire into. Are you really better than anyone else, except at a few little tasks or skills?” Recently I’ve been wrestling with this question in therapy and meditation and …

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CS Lewis on the “Great Sin” of Pride

CS Lewis is one of the authors that has changed my perspective more than any other over the years. Mere Christianity in particular was one of the books that most influenced me over 30 years ago. It was interesting to come back to the text after a hiatus, and this revealed a shift in perspective that I …

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Two sides of the Seven Sins

After reading Belliotti’s chapter 7 on the sins in Dante’s Deadly Sins : Moral Philosophy in Hell– it helped me realize that it was Dante himself that sold the narrative of a firey, punishing hell to the church and common parlance. There is ample evidence that this view was influenced by Zoroastrianism and greek mythology, it might be …

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The True Cost of Greed.

In the film The True Cost, Tim Kasser, a PhD in Psychology at Knox College states that hundreds of studies over the last twenty years bear out that “psychological problems (like depression, anxiety) tend to go up as materialistic values go up.” (33:28). He quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. at the close of the film …

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Dancing With Truth

I’m scared. I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I’m supposed to. I was created for this. I need it. But I’m still scared. I’m not sure why. I’ve already been published but it was about technical stuff, not what I’ve always loved to think and write about- Truth. This blog (and hopefully one …

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Canoe

Some things that seem so incredibly natural to me are obviously not the way the world sees things.  Also obviously, I wish the world saw it my way. And maybe it should. Or maybe I’m naive.  The problem I seem to have is that I am exceedingly loyal to my friends. Stupidly forgiving. Groping desperately …

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Reflecting on Wild

Strayed’s memoir Wild explores the author’s descent and rise after the death of her mother. This was the event that set a girl who was moored to her mother adrift, to discover that she needed to stand on her own. After beginning to spiral out of control with extramarital affairs and flirting with heroin, she …

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