Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

As philosopher Alain de Botton points out in this excellent short film, ‘having some psychotherapy is just about the most significant and interesting thing you could do to improve your chances of contentment – in relationships, at work, and with friends and family’. We are all complex creatures who are flawed and struggle at times to …

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Look at Etty Hillesum’s entry in Wikipedia and you’ll see that her occupation is listed as ‘writer’.  In actuality, she was so much more than that; anyone who has read her diaries, or secondary sources based on them, would be strongly inclined to bestow upon her the moniker of ‘mystic’ too.  Such mysticism was inextricably …

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The Amish are a group of Christians that intrigue me. Their beliefs are, in essence, very simple; they live a life focused on their own interpretation of biblical principles, where modern technology is eschewed and there is an emphasis on family and community life. But there are contradictions: the Amish practice forgiveness, but are also …

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A few words of wisdom from Henry David Thoreau which remind us that we can, and should, all be philosophers: To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, …

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Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s Buddhism-inspired extended 2003 meditation  – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring – takes place on an isolated lake nestled among scenic mountains on which floats a small, one-room hermitage housing two monks, one old and one young. The narrative unfolds over the course of several years, and is divided into five sections …

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