Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

Here is an excerpt from a short reflection delivered this morning at Cliftonville Moravian Church. You can listen to the entire audio file by clicking on the link below:   ‘We come here every Sunday, to seek some form of healing.  And we do so, not necessarily to expect the miraculous, although we can never …

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Christianity, whether lived out in the monastery, in the street or in the workplace, is a protest against the status quo and its injustices and violence. Here Thomas Merton makes this point cogently and passionately: “It is my intention to make my entire life a rejection of, a protest against the crimes and injustices of war …

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Such sad news breaking today – Swedish DJ and musician, Avicii (Tim Bergling) has died.  His music was unique and had an existentialist flavour to it; he dealt with themes of meaning in work/life, relationships and self-worth. ‘Levels’, released in 2013, was a good example of this. In the video you see a reference to …

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“Totally without hope one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live. Hell is hopelessness. It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante’s hell is the inscription: “Leave behind all hope, you who enter here.”  Prof. Jürgen Moltmann, in ‘Theology of Hope’. Moltmann articulates the truth at the heart of …

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The novelist Ralph Ellison wrote in ‘Invisible Man’: “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”  There is much wisdom in that short quote; it takes seriously the work of discovery and the individual nature of that quest. Identity is important It gives us a sense of well-being and self worth; it celebrates our …

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Today, on World Bipolar Day, I’m reminded of the words of Carl Jung: ‘The one who learns to live with his incapacity has learned a great deal’.  We all live with incapacity to some degree, not just those who live with a Bipolar diagnosis. Adapting to it, and finding meaning and self-transcendence in it, and …

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran Minister, Theologian and Anti-Nazi Activist, who was executed a few days before the end of the war, wrote this in ‘Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible: “It is not that God’s help and presence must still be proved in our life; rather God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for …

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Thomas Merton Plaque, Louisville (Photo Source: I.W. Marsh) The following quote, from the Cistercian Monk Thomas Merton, on responsibility and meaning could easily have been written by the Psychiatrist and Founder of Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl: “In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself.’ If he …

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This quote and insight from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr still resonates today with the threat of a new arms race on the horizon: “Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man’s creative genius …

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