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Reality with a Capital R

I use Reality with a capital R to signify the all embracing mystery which has never been fully revealed and will not be. I see this Reality down to the quarks and to what may be even less evident and at the same time I make it possible to address this One via a simple device given to us by the much-maligned Jesus of Nazareth. This was the Abba prayer, ironically known to the world more for its connection to a singing group than to the one Jesus would have all pray to. The exceedingly personal and informal reality of this interposition, between the impersonality of Reality and the most intimate connections our mind can conjure up, is precisely what I think Jesus was about. And because forgiveness is another word for continuity, I think it behooves us to do some reevaluation of Jesus as well as God if we are going to move beyond the creedal wreckage of the past. Soren Kierkegaard and Charles Sanders Peirce helped start all this and we will not complete it. But we are at least not far from the right track.

I shall now duck for having spoken so clearly. I should add that the deity as perceived by the authors of Genesis was quite explicit about what reality is. According to the words that emanated when Moses probed the matter, reality is what it is and what it will be. Not very helpful but on the mark and calling for the best human interpretation of the conundrum to which I have alluded.



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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

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Stephen C. Rose Bio

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…