Am I Fully Human?

I ask this question in response to recent discussion in my “Basic Christian Questions” class regarding the full humanity of Jesus Christ. It may be presumed the doctrinal assertion of Jesus Christ’s full humanity is simply based on his being of flesh and blood. And that would be, in part, correct, for of course Christianity … More Am I Fully Human?

Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People (Part I)

Wait wait wait, he said what? Isn’t that supposed to read “religion is the opiate of the people?” After all that is what Marx said, right? No, no it isn’t. Marx never wrote “religion is the opiate of the people.” Here instead is the full quote from which Marx’s famous dictum has come to us moderns in … More Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People (Part I)

99 Names of Allah: 30-33

Bishmallah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim Latif Often “considered virtually untranslatable,” the authors of Physicians of the Heart translate Latif as “subtle love” and to deepen an understanding of this, the 30th Divine Name, it is useful to examine the “various levels of meaning” as embodied in terms derived from the root L-T-F (99). First, the subtly suggested by … More 99 Names of Allah: 30-33

99 Names of Allah: 26-29

Sami’ and Basir Both Names relating to sensory experience, I will begin today’s post treating them together in brief. Meaning “divine hearing,” Sami’ is “hearing in the sense of hearing everything without limits, both in detail and as a totality…so that you might hear the sounds of God’s signs and hear all sounds as sacred” (Meyer … More 99 Names of Allah: 26-29

99 Names of Allah: 19-25

Bismallah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim ‘Alim “Considering all of its various forms, al-‘Alim is mentioned in the Qur’an more than any other single attribute of Allah” (Meyer et al. Physicians of the Heart, 45). Put simply, ‘Alim is the “all-inclusive,” “omniscient knowledge of God” (45). Inner knowledge, outer knowledge, knowledge of the seen and unseen: this is ‘Alim. Specifically, … More 99 Names of Allah: 19-25