Andrew Furst

An Angry God – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: Is Allah an angry God compared to the all-loving, all-good Christian God? Response: Do you mean the all loving, all good Christian God who massacred the first born sons of Egypt. The God who wiped out the entire populations of Sodom and Gomorrah and promised to destroy the enemies of Israel? The same God who tormented Job and sent his only son to the cross? If there is a God and that God is the creator and architect of this world, as well as the author of holy scripture,…read more

Why Do We Choose To Suffer? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: Why do we choose to suffer? Response: We don’t. It sounds fairly ridiculous that someone would choose suffering. We suffer because of our choices. The choices that lead to suffering are made on faulty expectations. It’s indirect. We choose things to make us happy. We choose to go on a diet to lose weight. We choose marriage to make love last. We choose a religion to reconnect with the divine. Our suffering comes because we discover that achieving happiness, healthiness, and good relationships isn’t as simple as choosing and…read more

Which God is the Right One? – Modern Koans

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Question: Since there are so many religions, which god is most likely to be the right god? Response: The one that behaves and exists in the same way that the God we observe does. So far no religion has come close to describing that God. Maybe you should look to a religion that doesn’t describe God? 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….read more

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

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