Doxastic Openness

DOXASTIC OPENNESS “If you are a person of the same sort as myself, I should be glad to continue questioning you: If not, I can let it drop. Of what sort am I? One of those who would be glad to be refuted if I say anything untrue, and glad to refute anyone else who might speak untruly; but just as glad, mind you, to be refuted as to refute, since I regard the former as the greater benefit.” —Socrates in Gorgias



Perception is a key ingredient to knowing where the time goes. —R-U.S.


Stoned Sober

We are spilling stuff and we’re not even drunk or stoned. We are stoned sober.



Without Malice

Yoinked from Patheos Without Malice:

The resurrection stories presented in the gospels are simply not to be believed. If you examine the gospels themselves you’ll find the writers going into a lot of detail about events that have little if anything to do with our so-called salvation. In Mark, for example, Jesus rambles on and on about eunuchs, eunuchs for god’s sake. Yet the event of the resurrection, upon which the salvation of the entire world depends, is a story as threadbare as a beggar’s garments. And it’s the same in all the other gospels as well, although not to such a great extent. This makes no sense at all, neither does it make any sense that Jesus would supposedly preach and do miracles before thousands – providing a free lunch for ten thousand one day, and for five thousand the next – just to show that he is indeed the messiah, but when he returns from the grave in total glorious victory over death and hell and all that stuff, he runs away and hides out with his homeboys in Galilee. Anyone with half a brain would rightfully ask, “What the hell is going on here. How come he didn’t show himself to those who doubted, to those who crucified him? Why the hell didn’t he march right into Jerusalem and show his glorious self to the high priest and to Pilate?” There is no good answer for any of these questions, and not even a good answer for why they had to borrow the story of Romulus appearing to friends on the road to Rome after his own resurrection event and turn it into the Emmaus Road encounter. None of these stories sound real, they all sound like ad-hoc fictional narratives.


What’s a yeah, but?

There is a fine line between burdens and blessings.



It takes give-and-take to stay in the moment.


All good things must come to an end

R.I.P. Rich Freeman. The Amaretto was great while it lasted.


Can’t argue with that….

“Ralph, I am so proud of the father you were and the grandfather you have become.”


Babble in progress

When she wants it she needs it and when she needs it she wants it.

Not necessarily in that order.


Cutting corners

The sharper you cut your corners, the quicker you’ll get out of the box you might be in. 🙂


Jumps of Faith

Perfect timing sometimes requires jumps of faith.

Babble in progress.

Perfect timing requires bold action?

Still babbling…..

A leap of faith is nothing more than bold action.

A leap of faith can always be nothing more than bold action whereas bold action can never be something less than a leap of faith.


Apart from that

There is a thin line between being a part of it and being apart from it.



If hindsight is 20-20 does that mean foresight is 40-40 or 10-10?


Funny anecdote

We were at BJ’s last night having a few biers with friends. The local Catholic priest, who shall remain nameless, was eating a pizza at the bar. I thought the pizza looked delicious from where I was sitting. I asked the bartender to order me what the priest was having.

That pizza was amazing! Maybe the best pizza ever. Upon the completion of our meal I decided to go talk to the Father…..

That’s when Janet stopped me dead in my tracks, saying: “Don’t do it, honey. Let him go in peace.”



Choir preaching

There has always been too much choir preaching. How else to explain the gridlock in almost every human endeavor?


This and that

If this is this, what is that? That would be this. 🙂


Let’s not and say we did

Agreeing to disagree is less healthy than disagreeing to agree. Or, to put a more positive (less negative) spin on it, disagreeing to agree is healthier than agreeing to disagree. —R-U.S.


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If there are exceptions to every rule there must be rules to every exception.



Just a thought

“For a man to be a true believer and to be strong and independent is impossible; religion and self-sufficiency are contradictory terms.”

—Dr. Albert Ellis, “Case Against Religion: A Psychotherapist’s View and the Case Against Religiosity,” 1980.


Welcome Ralph-Uwe Nathanael Scherer

I am not worthy. Or am I? That is the question. 🙂

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