definition: par•a•digm (pār'ə-dīm', -dĭm')

3. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this blog is four-fold:
to recognize that every person functions within a basic paradigm, which affects how all information is processed;
(2) to understand the paradigms of others;
(3) to discuss, in particular, paradigms which are related to science, religion, and philosophy.

(4) to reveal the paradigm shifts in my own life, a process that has completely changed the direction and purpose of my existence.

The purpose of this blog is NOT to convince anyone that their paradigms or beliefs are correct or incorrect. I am hoping for an honest dialog, but the discussions must remain respectful of others, even if there is profound disagreement. If any comments are not respectful, they will be removed.
(Revised 1/13/09)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

"My Way is Right"--A Paradigm of Deception

For most people, strong religious beliefs are formed in one of two ways--either by growing up with them or by using rational thought to change an existing opinion that has already become unstable. But how can an individual person know what is the real truth? Existential skeptics might say that there is no way to find out the truth, so don't bother. I tend to disagree. I think that each person has a place, deep inside, that recognizes real truth. I am not a psychologist. Nor am I a theologian. I only know that when I put aside all the masks, and strip away obsessions, compulsions, and that little voice of false conscience that is really just an influential person in your past--that I sometimes have a powerful feeling, deep inside, when I recognize something that is absolute truth. I believe that, whether the source of that feeling is spiritual (e.g., God-driven) or whether it is something that is built into the human psyche, each person has this capacity. I don't think that it is rational or emotional, but I think it is very real. Therefore, in spite of our interest in debating the merits of different religions, opinions are never changed by debate. Real change is very personal and occurs deep inside, where intellectual thoughts never go. When you recognize the truth, your know-that-you-know-that-you-know that it is truth...................

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jesus for Non-Christians

Just because they're not Christians
doesn't mean Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus
have nothing to say about Jesus.

What do other faiths believe about Jesus?
Take a look at Christianity's founder through the eyes of:


Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
Understanding compassion in each faith.
By Thicht Nhat Hahn

The Parallel Sayings
Comparing gospel passages with Buddhist wisdom.

Where Buddha and Jesus Meet
Reviews of recent books on Buddhist-Christian dialogue.


Jesus as Yogi
Hindu views on Jesus and reincarnation.
By Arthur Magida

Did Jesus Spend His Lost Years in India?
Beliefnet members debate the evidence.

Gandhi's Imitation of Christ
The world's most famous Hindu became the greatest exemplar of the Sermon on the Mount.
By Harris Wofford

The "Tomb of Jesus" in Kashmir
Researcher seeks permission to exhume a body in northern India.


Why Jews Don't Accept Jesus
Jews see Jesus as one of the great teachers of humanity, but neither a messiah nor a god.
By Rabbi David Wolpe

Embracing the Jewishness of Jesus
Judaism shaped and formed Jesus of Nazareth.
Christian leaders should focus on this as they try to heal old wounds.
By Bishop John Shelby Spong


Prophet of Mercy
In the Muslim view, Jesus' actions and words illustrate the merciful side of God's nature.

Checklist: Muslim and Christian Beliefs About Jesus Compared
Both faiths believe Jesus was born to a virgin, but the New Testament and the Qur'an diverge on his later years.

Unitarian Universalists

Five UU Perspectives on Jesus
First and foremost, Unitarians emphasize Jesus' human nature.


Can You Be Both Wiccan and Christian?
A third party weighs the possibility.