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…the point being everything

September2

Haley Anne asked me recently what the difference between the Christian, Jewish and Muslim God(s) might me.

I told her, and honestly so, that I believed they might just be one and the same God.

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She trusts me, and absolutely, I might add. But, she went a little quiet because she sees evidence to the contrary in the actions of Man

But, this also gave me a terrific opportunity to discuss the greatest gift that God has given us (besides briliant and true daughters) is discernment.

The animated cartoon (well… It’s supposed to be animated, and thus, perhaps, more effective. So, click on the cartoon to activate it – but, then you have to browse back to this post) featured in this post has no point, really. But, the punchline is the stark reality that the joke appears to be on man-kind.

I suspect, it’s in my heart, actually, that we share the same God. And, I understand my philosophy is sophomoric in it’s very nature.

But, Haley Anne will read this sooner than later – and, in time Emma Jo will follow, with others of different generations and seasons of life as well.

It’s our interpretation of what we think God wants. Or, worse, it’s us projecting our own wants and needs onto a huge God that likely views it all as something of a petri dish.

So, with her head on my shoulder and me stroking her hair, I try to make Haley Anne understand that if we use that discernment God gives us, it’s always an opportunity to represent and reflect what we want for ourselves in the way we see and treat others.

It’s a little lesson; but, a big moment between a father and daughter, and a world of choices.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Intellectual Pursuits?

July29

What is formed first?

Thoughts, or the words to describe them?

If you read this Blog (apparently A LOT of you do), you know that I have been contemplating and investigating my fascination with combinations of words, and how they can affect thoughts, and invoke change.

But then, I contemplate and investigate a great many things.  And, only but so many of you can suffer me this.

So…  The plasticity (what?) of the English language, particularly its academic jargon never ceases to make, for some, good entertainment.  Recently, a friend (okay…  It was Sidney again) and I had occasion to speculate about possible ways of expressing different intellectual pursuits through the standard ways of nominating fields of study.  So, here are some of the things we came up with:

Theography: the study of where God is.
Theophotography: taking pictures of God (i.e. Mega-Iconography).
Theocartography: the art of making maps that lead to God.
Philography: the love of words.
Ecclesiography: the search for where the church is /1

It helps, of course, if you are drinking when you attempt such important endeavors.

My personal favorite is theography. I think if I worked hard enough I could actually make that into an actual term in theological discourse regarding the location of Christ’s body or something.

…Anyways, perhaps this is all just further proof that theology is, in fact, nothing more than a role-playing game (debate me. I dare you).

But hell, at least its fun. /2

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork
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1/ This could get HUGE.
2/ Do people wince when you say “hell“?  Because I say &$@% some times as well.

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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