Andrew Furst

Why Are Christians the Most Persecuted Minority in The World? – Dialectic Two Step

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The image displayed shows the results of an Open Doors 2016 study of the top 50 nations where Christian’s face persecution. It should be noted that the study is in the context of an organization whose goal is to evangelize. Evangelism takes as its foundation the idea the Christianity is a superior religion to the local majority religion. To begin, I want to call out what facts I consider to be solid. Christianity is the largest religion. A larger population is subject to a larger variety of phenomena; including acceptance,…read more

At What Point are We No Longer Human? – Modern Koans

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Question: What is the point at which we are no longer human? • Is it when enough of our physical body is removed? • Or when the brain no longer functions, but to what level? • Or if our brains can be kept alive and we can still think and communicate? • Or even when our consciousness can be moved to a computer? • Even if our brain was transplanted into another animal? Response: At no point in any layer of your nicely constructed thought experiment, is there an inherent…read more

Nobody Has All the Answers – Dialectic Two Step

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Dialectic Two-Step  is an ongoing series of my thoughts on questions that come my way. Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. – Octavio Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry

A Few Thoughts On Race – Modern Koans

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A few thoughts on Race. I saw the hashtag #WhitePeople on Twitter last night. Race is such a hot button issue that people have no frame of reference to speak intelligently about it. It was mind boggling and forced this out of me. Discuss: A > B A = 4 B = 3 Mathematical Superiority True by definition Abstract truth Allows prediction A > B A = Good B = Evil Moral Superiority True in context of a relationship Relative truth Enables covenant A > B A = left handed…read more

What’s Up With The Supernatural? – Modern Koans

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Question: Why Do People Not Believe in the Supernatural? Response: People do believe in the supernatural. A vast majority of people are theists. Christians, Muslims, and Hindus make up a large portion of the world’s population. All of these people have adopted belief in the supernatural. But I think I know who you’re talking about here. There is a small and growing group of people who don’t believe. Let’s look at the semantics of your questions. You ask about the supernatural and you talk about it in the context of…read more

Remembering Past Lives? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: How is the remembrance of past lives compatible with anatta? Rebirth makes sense in the context of dependent arising and conditionality. We humans exist dependent on conditions. Everything had to come together to shape us. But Buddha remembered past lives instead of the conditions that made us born human (water, sun, soil, food, …). Does this make sense? Response: My opinion is that remembering past lives doesn’t make sense. Memory is a function of the brain. The brain stores data and synthesizes consciousness in remarkably complex and rich ways….read more

If You Were God – Modern Koans

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Question: If you were God, what would you have done differently than the real one? Response: What if the answer was that we are all one in God and that we have participated, intentionally or not, in exactly what people perceive as God’s work? If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Modern Koans is an ongoing series that recognizes that good questions are often more important than their answers. The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. ―…read more

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