Archive for December, 2010


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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Obituary of John V. Taylor

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

I have been reading around Process Theology again, and once more I’m struck by the power and vision of John Taylor’s The Go-Between God. This led me on to reading his obituary for the first time. It’s here. Here’s a taster:

John Taylor, who has died aged 86, was Bishop of Winchester between 1975 and 1985, chairman of the Church of England Doctrine Commission from 1978 until 1985, and one of the great missionaries of his generation. Convinced that Christians should leave their church boundaries to listen and think much harder, he pleaded with a startled General Synod to “go into no man’s land, for the strange meeting, as Wilfred Owen would have described it”.Taylor’s God was cosmic and also worshipped by non-Christians. He felt that there were many, like the novelist George Eliot, who saw that God was to be experienced outside the church.

More on suffering

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Among the qualities in the soul which can become basic characteristics of the life-body there are two which have great significance in the encounter with pain and evil. They are courage and compassion; and for long ages Spirits of Movement have fostered them in man. It is not difficult to see how man is ennobled by these qualities; but it is not always understood that they could not arise in him, were pain not present in the world. We need courage to face pain, and compassion to share in the pain of others. And a still greater courage is wanted in order to meet the presence and activity of evil in the right way.
Courage and compassion both run counter to man’s natural and indeed necessary inclinations. We want to avoid pain; were this not so, pain would be ineffective as a warning about harm that threatens our bodies. But courage accepts the likelihood of pain, for the sake of a purpose that is to be achieved. And compassion impels us to share sufferings which it would be possible to avoid. It is natural too for man to wish for a world in which evil was not present. But his service of great purposes would have less meaning, if he did not have to meet enemies on the way. He need not hate these enemies; to them too compassion can extend, when we begin to recognize the origin of evil in suffering, and that to live in evil is a kind of suffering too For evil is obsession, which means a state of siege. The soul may find, for instance, that impulses of jealousy assail it from every side, and that it is unable to move on into any other mood. Hatred for another person can infect all our seeing, all our doing. It is easy to blame someone who is caught in such feelings. But it is much more useful to have compassion for him.

From “Our Spiritual Companions” by Adam Bittleston


Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Here’s a wonderful quote by Rudolf Steiner. He just came out with it as an answer to a question about the meaning of suffering – what must the person who asked the question have thought?

Suffering is a side-effect of higher development. It is the very thing which cannot be dispensed with in attaining knowledge. Human beings will say to themselves one day: What gives me joy in the world – for this I am grateful. However, should I be faced with the choice of retaining my joys or my sorrows, I would have to choose my sorrows; I cannot do without them for the sake of knowledge… There is no development without suffering, just as there cannot be a triangle without angles. When we have attained unity with Christ, we will recognize, that all the suffering that preceded this harmony was the necessary precondition for such unity. Suffering must be there so that unity with Christ can be there; this is an absolute factor in development.

GA 110, Question session 21st April 1910