My own top-15 of favourite posts here in 2014


DSCF0083After my list of the 5 most-read posts here in 2014 I now give my own list of favourite posts, with a short description and sometimes the reason why the  posts are important to me, or how they describe a part of my journey this year.

My own 15 favorite posts of 2014  here:

1. So why is there no ‘occult-mergent’?

This post was ironically, among other things, probably my farewell to the whole ’emergent’ thing. I have learned a lot from the whole ’emerging church’ dialogue in its days, as I am both incurably postmodern and a Christian looking out for new ways, but I don’t have too much interest in a lot of things that go under the name ’emergent’ nowadays, and it seems that a lot of people did emerge outside of Christianity anyway. I did miss any intelligent discourse on the supernatural from the beginning in the while ’emerging’ thing, and when the whole thing went closer to naturalist materialism in some corners while never even coming closer to any non-Christian supernatural tradition I summoned ‘occultmergent’ from the realm of non-existence… I still am of the unpopular opinion that Christianity can learn a lot more from neo-pagans and certain ‘occultists’ than from scientism and modern atheism if we want to transition from the modernist clutter we’ve accredited…

 2.Why are asexuals the most ignored sexual minority?
From my usual choice of subjects, you probably already gathered that I don’t like to just jump on the popular subjects, but instead try to address the things that no-one speaks about but that need to be talked about nonetheless. That’s why I do think that awareness of asxuality as a sexual orientation is very important, especially since it seems that a lot of advocates for sexual minorities are good in ignoring it as much as the rest of us does. Obsession with sex and having sex as a part of our identity is quite all-pervasive in our culture, and so the idea of asexuality alone is a threat to some people… At least 2 people from my FB-list outed themselves to me as asexual after this post and thanked me for bringing the subject to the light, so I don’t think writing posts like this one are in vain…

 3.Abundance is the enemy of capitalism…
The title speaks for itself: The basic idea is that our modern economical systems that are built about the idea of ‘scarcity’ are completely incompatible with the biblical idea of abundance as a part of shalom…. Should not be a controversial idea at all…

4.No, the ‘Islamic State’ isn’t medieval.. (it’s even worse: it’s modern!)
Probably partly inspired by my attempts to demodernise myself and look at my own culture as a stranger would: People keep on using the word ‘medieval’ to insult groups with barbaric behavior like the ‘Islamic State’, but they are not at all rooted in modern ideologies but have a very strong basis in modernity. Like the word ‘State’ already hints at the Islamic State is much closer to the guillotines of the French revolution with ‘reason and progress’ replaced by ‘Islam’ than to most medieval wars.

5.On basic human dignity and ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’…
The saying in the title is completely abused out of context when used in discussions about homosexuality, and therefore quite impopular among a lot of people. I do think it is a very important principle though, even though we might to adjust some of our ideas about what sin is…

6.Some thoughts on thoughtform-creation
Even though I coined the word as a joke and for thee sake of protesting, occultmergent became a project of investigating the ideas behind modern ‘occultism’ as some call it, which provided me with a whole new world of ideas that I had never heard. In this post I explored and evaluated the idea of ‘thoughtforms’, entities that come into being from human thoughts. From the tulpas created by an individual as some kind of more-than-just-imaginary friend to the egregores arising of groupthought, I found the subject fascinating, although I remain sceptical about a lot of things, it might explain certain things.(And it can be helpful when writing scifi…)

 7.A Christian reaction to porn that doesn’t dehumanise the objectified further?
Back to my writings about sexuality from a Christian viewpoint, I do think the title speaks for itself here. The bodies portrayed in porn are human beings created in Gods image, and should not be treated as only an evil temptation! That approach is equally dehumanising as reducing them to lust-objects…

8.The power found in the True Language of the Universe…
A more philosophical post that explores an idea that is fundamental to both a lot of magical traditions (real and fictional) and modern science: if you know the language in which the world is written, you do not only understand it fully, but you can also control it.

 9.We’re one, but we’re not the same… (or how different identity doesn’t have to mean violence!)
A reaction to a meme with a Krishnamurti quote that says that every identity we assume for ourselves is a form of violence because it means that we do separate us from the others who are different. I completely disagree…

10.Some postmodern paradigm-shifting: from C.S. Lewis to chaos magic and back…
I never had heard from Chaos magic until I started my inter-religious dialogue with pagans and real occultists (and found out that they were completely not what I expected.), and as someone with an interest in the intersection of religion and postmodernity the philosophy behind it it is completely fascinating… Paradigm-shifting was a word I knew from the emerging church dialogue, but I never imagined that people would use it pragmatically! I do balance it here with good old C.S. Lewis and some pictures from Narnia though…

11.10 old traditional and/or biblical Christian ideas that are sometimes mistakenly seen as ‘progressive’…
A post on the last day of 2014, and not an unimportant one. If the original
‘occultmergent’ post was a parting of ways with all things ’emergent’, this one is a bit of a distancing myself from what goes for ‘progressive Christianity’ these days. In the post I list 10 things that are claimed to be progressive while they actually are not new at all, and have biblical and/or traditional roots in historical Christian orthodoxy. On the other hand this also implies that there’s nothing ‘conservative’ (in the sense of Christian conservativeness that is, American conservatism has some roots far away from Christianity!) let alone ‘orthodox’ about opposing those things…

12.On the magic of willpower and exercising strong faith
With faith you can move a mountain… But does our faith lie in God or do we just use faith as a tool to get what we want (like happens in some magical traditions). I sometimes wish some of my Charismatic fellow Christians would be able to see the difference more clearly…

13.Charles Fort as the ultimate free thinker…
A book by Charles Fort, father of paranormal studies and very original thinker, made me wonder what a real ‘free thinker’ is. My conclusion is that Charles Fort is much more of a ‘free thinker’ than the self-proclaimed modern atheists who use that word can ever be. And it is the question if there’s much merit in just being a ‘free thinker’, nothing guarantees that a free thinker will be more right than the traditions he rejects…

14.On magic, miracles, and the differences between them.
Investigating the thought of people who claim to do ‘magick’ like I did in more posts of my ‘occultmergent’ series will lead to questions about the nature of miracles, and the difference between human magic and miracles. I try to find the difference between both in this post…

 15.Atheism, the supernatural, gaslighting and modernity…
People whose worldview is based around the non-existence of the supernatural can get quite difficult if you talk about experiences with the supernatural. This can lead to them completely denying any validity to your experiences, which might end up as a form of gaslighting. (“Your experiences are not true, and if you insist they are you are probably crazy”) That’s more or less what this post is about…

Apart from these 15 posts I do want to mention a few more posts, starting with 2 of the posts that I excluded because they already were in my top-five list. Our nonmagical modern world as the biggest magical trick ever… is one of my favorite thought-experiments ever, and Some thoughts on the myth that ‘men are visual’ talks about stuff that I’ve written before but that is quite important nonetheless.

To complete my list of farewells, I must add that I not only implicitly parted ways with ’emergent’ and whatever the internet calls ‘progressive Christianity’, but also explicitly wrote a post called  farewell, online American Christianity… which was kind of serious.

The last thing I want to draw attention to because they never had much readers even though it’s very important stuff is my not yet finished series of meditations on 1 Corinthians 13:
part I
part II

part III
part IV
part V

I might evaluate my writings and spiritual journey in 2014 more, but I do think that this is more than enough for one post…

peace

Bram

One response to “My own top-15 of favourite posts here in 2014

  1. Pingback: 2015: Looking forward, looking back.. | Brambonius' blog in english

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