PAUL JOHN VORNDRAN, 48

PAUL JOHN VORNDRAN, 48, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Parkview Nursing Home in Edgerton, OH as a result of a long term traumatic brain injury. Born February 2, 1963 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne, he was the 7th child of George H. Jr. and Rosemary C. (McGovern)

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Einstein rejected all fear based and moral religion. The only valid aspect of religion for him lay in the third kind of religion; cosmic religion and he attempted to describe this cosmic religious feeling in this article, which he said had been a part of religion at all periods of history, although

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People must learn how to find a core of true peace and calm inside, and then discover where to find it outside their minds as well. All of these things have to do with personal values and require us to drive down far below the surface intellectual level into the deeper levels of feeling and imagery

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The important thing to note here is that Tillich insists that talk about a personal God is symbolic language (a metaphor) and not a literal description of a being that thinks and acts exactly like a human being, except that he is much bigger and stronger. When we start thinking that way, Tillich says,

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This week’s DYK is continued from newly released book, God and Spirituality: A symbol, in Tillich’s theological system, is a signpost pointing our attention to something else. But we must remember that the symbol is not that to which it points. The signpost pointing our attention to the

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This week’s DYK is about the need for symbolic language and metaphor. We cannot talk literally about the infinite without falsifying its infinite qualities, so there are few (if any) fully literal statements that we can make about the divine ground. St. Thomas Aquinas said that the only literal

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This week’s DYK is from a recently published book, God and Spirituality: A supra-personal ground of being does not contradict the scientific worldview. On Einstein’s fourth criticism, that belief in a personal God contradicts the scientific world view, Paul Tillich quotes the physicist himself,

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After passing through any kind of historical cataclysm, however, this passage from Isaiah proclaims that human beings can turn to the real of the sacred and the infinite, and draw power and grace to rebuild their lives. If Solomon’s Temple has been destroyed and Jerusalem lies in ruin, this does

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This weeks DYK is about Einstein’s third argument, that religion is self-contradictory, is directed at the often-heard religious concept of “an omnipotent God who creates moral and physical evil although, on the other hand, he is supposed to be good and righteous.” But the idea of omnipotence,

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This weeks Did You Know is excerpted from a new book entitled “God and Spirituality” it’s been sent to the publisher but not yet printed:  The famous scientist Albert Einstein had spoken on “Science and Religion” at The Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in New

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This week’s DYK is excerpted from a book entitled “God and Spirituality’ just sent to the publisher: If I were asked what I thought made a work a perennial classic, I would point to three necessary features. First a real classic is a work of such depth that one can read it multiple times over

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Paul Tillich turned forty-three in 1929 and he finally got what he always wanted.He was given a full professorship (in sociology and philosophy) at the University of Frankfurt, a good university in a decent sized city, teaching exactly what he had always wanted to teach. He became a well-known theologian

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This week’s DYK is a continuation of Paul Tillich’s story:  Tillich did successfully get through World War I and his Dark Night of the Soul, and began building a new life for himself. He began to realize that he had important things to teach people about the relationship between theology

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This week’s DYK was written by a prominent professor with long-time sobriety: If the ground of being which preceded the Big Bang which created our universe could run out of energy, it would already have done so at some time in the infinite past. The ground of being is therefore

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This week’s DYK is excerpted from Chapter 6, of a soon to be released book written by a prominent professor with long-term sobriety. The title of Chapter 6 is; The Ground of Being: In calculus and in the construction of infinite series, mathematicians can sometimes talk intelligibly

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Thomas Merton, when commenting on St. John of the Cross’ writings about the Dark Night of the Soul, noted that second and third–rate philosophers and theologians often write long wordy and complicated attempts to make sense out of “the meaning of suffering.” If God is all-powerful, all-knowing,

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This week’s DYK is continued from a soon to be released book entitled “God and Spirituality”: Paul Tillich’s experience during the first World War challenged his faith far beyond anything he had ever before been subjected to. After the First World War began, Tillich was called to serve as

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This week’s DYK is about Paul Tillich one of last century’s great spiritual teachers: Paul Tillich was born on August 20, 1886, in a small German village called Starzedel, where his father Johannes Tillich was the Lutheran pastor. For almost seven hours, the little baby struggled at the point

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This week’s Did You Know is taken from a soon to be released book, “God and Spirituality,” by Glenn Chesnut:  Paul Tillich, one of the great spiritual teachers of the 20th century believed in an “Impersonal Ground of Being,” but in a later chapter I will talk about

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This week’s Did You Know is from a soon to be released book entitled God and Spirituality by Glenn Chesnut. The experience of the sacred: In finding new life and new meaning and purpose in the midst of destruction and uncertainty, the most important life-giving vision arises from the experience

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This week’s Did You Know is a continuation of a soon to be released book entitled “God and Spirituality,” by Glenn Chesnut: The cognitive structures of our minds have a profound effect on the kinds of beings that will be perceived. I do not mean to be attacking Immanuel Kant all

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Glenn Chesnut

Glenn F. Chesnut was Professor of History and Religious Studies at Indiana University in South Bend for 33 years, where he was one of their most popular teachers, winning Indiana University’s Herman Frederic Lieber Award for excellence in teaching in 1988. He has written a number of books on

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