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New National Geographic series: “The Story of God”

A Rabbi (Deborah Schuldenfrei), a Pastor (Toure Roberts) and an Imam (Jihad Turk) walk into a bar… or in this case, a diner. The subject of their conversation is “The Story of God” – the new National Geographic Channel series starring Morgan Freeman – and the big question, “Who is God?” Here are some of the answers they offer in this promo for the series, released last week.

Global Peace Film Festival: Sep. 19-25, 2016

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For the past 13 years, the Global Peace Film Festival has united film lovers and filmmakers at the exciting hotspot where creative media is igniting positive change in local communities and worldwide. This September at the Orlando area’s Rollins College, Winter Park Public Library and Valencia College, the 14th annual Global Peace Film Festival will once again showcase powerful films that are reshaping the world.

A top-rated non-profit corporation, The Global Peace Film Festival owes a great deal of its success to its extraordinary volunteer corps.

“We need ushers, drivers, schleppers and helpers. As a volunteer, you can see the festival from the inside out.

Introducing Shots of Awe

It’s a pleasure to showcase this content from the Shots of Awe YouTube channel. The video featured here entitled “Nonconformity and the Creative Life” is a great introduction, and here’s more of a description from the creators themselves.

“Ever ponder the miracle of life? Or perhaps wonder about the evolution of intelligence? In Shots of Awe, ‘Performance Philosopher’ Jason Silva chases his inspiration addiction as he explores these topics and more. Every week Jason freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

Paul’s Five Stage Model In the Development of Rational Consciousness by William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on July 30, 2003.

The idea of stages in consciousness has existed since antiquity. Hindu models begin with the householder stage and end with Moksha. The Buddha teaches the five noble truths. Islam teaches the five Nafs. And today, Abraham Maslow, Teithard deChardin, Joseph Campbell, and many other psychologists teach what are, in principle, similar models.

Unlike others who base stages of consciousness on historical, spiritual, or moral development, St. Paul alone bases his model on rational development. Paul knew that everything is one. He, therefore, understood that what we call spiritual or heart-felt thoughts are what we could today call undeveloped nonjudgmental rational thoughts. Understanding the modern theory of reality is the key to Stage IV in Paul’s five stage model of rational consciousness because it justifies a nonjudgmental system of logical laws, and in turn, nonjudgmental reasoning and a consciousness of oneness.

What brought you here?

Dave

Originally contributed by Dave Stoverden in Colorado on Dec. 28, 2003.

This is a new message board sponsored by a group called GnosticChristianity. It is an open discussion. William Keifert devoted many years to exploring and writing about a rationale for rethinking how Christians and others should think and act. But he has not been alone. There have been a host of prominent and well thought of people who have been reassessing the historical accuracy of the traditional stories of our religion. A recent book, The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown is intriguing because although fictional the backdrop has been well researched for the purposes of the book’s theme – a coverup of secrets that would expose the Catholic Church’s denigration of Mary Magdalene.

So, anyway, those are a few comments for you to ponder. What was your interest in joining the group?

Bridging Science and Religion in Three Steps by William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on April 24, 2002.

Just as waves and particles are different dimensions of light, science and religion are different dimensions of one reality. To construct a bridge between science and religion, we must FIRST recognize that we cannot logically understand both within the same system of logical laws any more than we can understand waves in terms we use to explain particles.

Where are Jesus’ private teachings?

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

A recent visitor to GnosticChristianity.com submitted this question: So where are Jesus’ private teachings? Outside of what was left in the bible, that is. How are you getting your information to be able to make these claims?

In reply, here are the thoughts of John Miller, Ph.D., whose contributions to GnosticChristiany.com are many and great. This information is published here with Dr. Miller’s permission, and all rights are hereby reserved.

I have been asked to respond to your query concerning Jesus’ gnostic teachings.  Obviously, if they were secret, they are not written down for public viewing.  In the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, we read (Jesus is speaking to his disciples here): Unto you is given to knew the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  Therefore speak I to them in parables, because they seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand.”  Similar passages are found in the Gospels of Mark and Luke. 

Wisdom from Gina Lake for DailyOM

Every weekday, DailyOM will send you inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. It’s completely free – register here.

On April 20, Gina Lake contributed “60 Meditations for Greater Happiness” from her “60 Meditations for Greater Happiness” On-line Course (follow the link for further information).

For your thoughts and further consideration today, I wanted to share two brief excerpts from Gina’s piece.

“Happiness is the natural outcome of being aligned with Essence, our true self, which is experienced when we are fully present in the moment.”

And…

“Whatever you are doing, enjoy it! You have another option, of course, which is to not enjoy it. Notice what keeps you from enjoying whatever you are doing. It’s your thoughts, isn’t it? Even if you are experiencing pain, for instance, or something unpleasant, like going to the dentist, if you don’t listen to any negative thoughts, fears, complaints, and desires related to that, you won’t suffer. You will just have the experience.”

To view and contribute to the discussion on this, please visit here – and feel free to share your thoughts here as well.

Featured Video: How to Connect with Essence

On the right track, or not?

To stimulate thoughts and conversations, it’s my pleasure to share this 2004 exchange from our message board between Ron Matrisch and Dave Stoverden.

Community member Ron Matrisch.

Community member Ron Matrisch.

From Ron Matrisch: My reason for joining this group was to find others that think like I do. All of the text that the “church” has banned or tried to hide from the world such as the Gnostic text sparks my interest. In my opinion the “church” has done its best to keep its power and control, and anything that takes that power away from them is considered (by them) not of God. Instead of teaching the truth they give us half truths and outright lies. It does say that in the end times that knowledge will be increased. I say it will be the truth that has been hidden from us all of these years.

From Dave Stoverden: Absolutely right Revron8. But when you speak of “truth” I get kinda uneasy

What in the world are gnostics?

Back in 2004, Dave Stoverden in Colorado was active in discussions here. You may have seen this note from his previous posting:

“I have a couple of paragraphs from Stephan Hoeller that do pretty good job of summing up ‘What in the world are gnostics?’

It’s my pleasure to provide the following text from Mr. Hoeller courtesy of The Gnosis Archive (www.gnosis.org) as an introduction to this esteemed scholar and his important works. Many thanks also to Mr. Stoverden for his passion and for sharing his knowledge.

"The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead" by Stephan A. Hoeller (Quest, 1982)

“The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead” by Stephan A. Hoeller (Quest, 1982)

Excerpt from The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead by Stephan A. Hoeller (Quest, 1982).

What in the world are gnostics?