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Today we are constructing universal meanings from traditions and moving past their intolerance to diversity

Universality is the cradle of diversity
Universality limits the continuity of traditions
Yet the very specificity of traditions are the source of universal truths
Moving forward today requires that we extract from tradition 
things useful to our continuation as a universal people
We are all nomads of this universe
The Tao of Mark is now a short and precious Kindle Book
It seeks for the first time I think
to take the incredible and specific text of Mark
and run it through the colander of the Tao
yet another tradition whose continuing relevance
requires recapturing
Mark is universal so too the Jesus whose story Mark recounts
But to understand and universalize this story
we must free it gently but firmly
from its institutional captivity 
and re-apprise it as a charter of values
an iconoclastic criticism of religion
a charter of inclusion
The portion of this blog that deals with the Way of Abba
my term for a universal spirituality
seeks to plumb what will remain 
as we undergo
the death throes of religion
in specific creedal forms
The image  above contains the first words of
the Tao of Mark
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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…