Posts Tagged ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer’

Group unveils plans for Satan statue at Okla. Capitol – CBS News.

I couldn’t get over this one…I really can’t wait to “sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation”- can you?  Since when is the devil “the ultimate icon for the responsible pursuit of happiness?” Does the temple of Satan really believe that, or is this statement intended to needle intelligent and rational people of faith?

I can go along with the temple’s ideas of revolting against tyranny, and free and rational inquiry, but the rest of their assertions sound like hocus-pocus. I have great respect for devout and sincere religion, but this falls right in line with the Flying Spaghetti Monster. These groups have the freedom in this country to celebrate their “religions” and I have the right to argue with them or laugh about it (or cry).

The mistake made by many atheists and agnostics is that they think a person can’t be intellectual and have faith in God. But humans were designed with a superior mind and a spirit enabling them to commune with God.  Why should we ignore half of our potential?

I am irritated by people who can’t intelligently talk about Christ with their own unique words and ideas, but I am also tired of the snobbery of people who think they are too smart to believe in anything supernatural. Kierkegaard and C.S. Lewis and Bonhoeffer and many other great scholars enjoyed the perfect marriage of  intellect and faith- knowledge tempered with godly wisdom, which is the best of both worlds.

By the way, I can’t help but wonder if the Satanic temple spokesman Lucien Greaves was born with his name or changed it to suit his “religion.”  It’s a cool name, but it is just so incredibly appropriate, as if it was designed for his precepts.

Like Olive Twist suits my purposes as a writer.


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“In My Father’s house are many mansions.  If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”  John 14:2

English: Hans Christian Andersen at the house ...

I woke up this morning from a very interesting dream.  I was sitting in a cafe talking to an American fellow, explaining why I love Europe.  I said that Europeans don’t fret about hoarding possessions and money.  Instead they read books and go to concerts and sip wine with friends.

Then I told him a fantastic tale.  I said that my father lives in a palace facing the castle of Hans Christian Andersen, and it is just across the fjord.  I told him that my father and I visit him often at his castle for tea, and that Andersen wears a tall black hat like Abraham Lincoln.

Of course in my dream it was all true, so I was a bit disappointed to wake up.  But then my mind began to ramble on this idea, that if this life is a dream, I might awaken someday in that world.

Perhaps in Heaven I shall live in My Father’s palace across from Hans Christian Andersen.  Maybe we will have tea together- in a field of flowers under the moon. Then I might climb into my little golden boat with silken sails and glide across that crystal sea to visit Søren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Corrie Ten Boom and Mother Teresa and Black Elk…and Abraham Lincoln!

Why not?  Anything wonderful could happen in a world governed by King Jesus!


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This is the bibliography for my graduation lecture entitled “Madmen, Mystics, and Monks” which is also posted.  See “Olive’s Pages” in the sidebar, and look under “Essays” to see the script.

Peace and Grace,



Augustine, Saint. The Sermons of St. Augustine. New York, NY: Barnes and Noble , 1999. Print.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. Trans. Chr. Kaiser Verlag Munchen by R.H. Fuller. New York: Simon & Schuster (Touchstone), 1959. Print.

Bunuel, Luis. An Unspeakable Betrayal. Trans. by Garrett White. Los Angeles: U of California P, 2000. Print.

Dubus, Andre.  Broken Vessels:  Essays by Andre Dubus.   Boston, MA:  David R. Godine Publisher, Inc, 1991. Print.

Finch, Robert. “When You Wish Upon A Star: On the Evolution of Spiritual and Moral Thought.” Ecotone. Winter 2008: Print.

Lewis, C. S. The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics. New York: Harper One, 2002. Print.

Maharaj, Rabindranath, and Dave Hunt. Death of a Guru: A Remarkable True Story of One Man’s Search for Truth. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1977. eBook.

Miller, Donald. Blue Like Jazz. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008. Print.

Neihardt, John.  Black Elk Speaks: as told through John Neihardt by Nicholas Black Elk.  Lincoln, NE:  U of Nebraska P, 2000. Print.

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. New York: Picador, 2004. Print.

Sempangi, F. Kefa. A Distant Grief. Glendale, CA: Regal Books, 1979. Print.

Shaw, Luci. “Royalty.” Witnesses to Hope. N.p., 25 Mar 2010. Web. 13 Jun 2011. <;.

Vaswani, Neela. You Have Given Me A Country. Louisville, Ky: Sarabande Books, 2010. Print.

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