The Beforedeath and Afterlife of Joe Self

A fellow named Joe Self recently asked the Biopantheism Facebook group about our thoughts on an afterlife. Here’s what I wrote to Joe Self: Before trying to determine what happens to us in the afterlife, I suspect, we need to be very clear about what we are in the beforedeath. You can think of JoeContinue reading “The Beforedeath and Afterlife of Joe Self”

Rethinking the Omnis: How Monism Saves God From Being Smooshed By His Own Rock

POSTULATE: The perception of the absolute attributes of a monotheistic “God” is none other than precognitive, intuitive awareness of the non-dual, pantheistic All (aka Brahman, Tao, al haqq, the Godhead etc), filtered through a cognitive process that, by its nature, renders the All as an object conceived by a separate subject. Pantheism offers a monistContinue reading “Rethinking the Omnis: How Monism Saves God From Being Smooshed By His Own Rock”

Biopantheism

The following is an introduction written for the Biopantheism discussion group on Facebook by its founder, pantheist author Poffo Ortiz. Biopantheism is a nascent movement in its very early stages (as of Sept 2015) seeking to codify pantheist values and deep ecology perspective into a sustainable spiritual community serving the Life common to us all.Continue reading “Biopantheism”

Pantheism for Dummies (I mean “Dittoheads”)

Oh, Rush. You’ve done it again. One could build a fairly comprehensive and accurate dictionary just by taking the definitions you give to words that you don’t understand, and writing the opposite. A recent victim of your linguistic vericide was “pantheism.” To refresh your memory, here are some quotes from The Rush Limbaugh Show, aContinue reading “Pantheism for Dummies (I mean “Dittoheads”)”

Pantheism and the Freedom of “Nothing Left to Lose”

It was suggested in a philosophy forum recently that pantheism might offer the only definition of God that is not disprovable. After all, the post reasoned, equating God with the universe makes it something only a solipsist would dispute (and actually, solipsism is the easiest kind of pantheism to explain, but that’s another idea forContinue reading “Pantheism and the Freedom of “Nothing Left to Lose””

Inside the Whale

Imagine two people inside the belly of a giant whale. One was swimming in the ocean when the beast swallowed him while taking in krill. The other, by rather mysterious circumstances, was born inside the whale and has never been outside of it. This is the only home she has ever known. The two peopleContinue reading “Inside the Whale”

A Pantheist Pascal’s Wager

If you ever want to truly grasp the futility of taking sides in the roundabout argument between theists and atheists, I highly recommend grabbing a balcony seat for a debate over the usefulness of Pascal’s Wager. I’ve never seen such a procession of logical loop-de-loops in my life. From Wikipedia: “Pascal’s Wager is an argumentContinue reading “A Pantheist Pascal’s Wager”

Neither To Be Nor Not To Be: That Is the Answer

The following was posted in a Pantheism discussion group on Facebook. It was my contribution to an ongoing (and annoyingly circular) argument about whether pantheism affirms or denies the existence of God. My position is that pantheism is itself a third option that is neither theism nor atheism, and requires a release from the binaryContinue reading “Neither To Be Nor Not To Be: That Is the Answer”

Excerpt from “Birding in the Face of Terror” — Act V

In this scene, Pedro is alone, heading out for his third tour of duty on an account that his company has been serving through the summer of 2001. It involves driving Chinese tourists from the Bay Area on grueling week-long excursions to various national parks in the Western states. (JP once racked up over 220Continue reading “Excerpt from “Birding in the Face of Terror” — Act V”

Excerpt from “Birding in the Face of Terror” — Act IV

Pedro spent much of Act III ruminating on the very limited knowledge he had of the national crisis on the East Coast, and his incredulousness over the group leaders’ decision to keep the information from the fellow passengers. Only they, Pedro, and Betty Pickett know at this point. (She found out accidentally in Act IIIContinue reading “Excerpt from “Birding in the Face of Terror” — Act IV”