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The Supercessionist View

One of the main sources of anti–Semitism derives from the supercessionist view of Christianity versus Judaism (and later, as we shall see, Islam toward Judaism as well as Christianity, so that their views are anti–Semitic and anti–Christian). Supercessionism holds that Judaism merely serves as a platform upon which a greater tradition is built, namely, that of Christianity, which holds the key to salvation for human beings.
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The Second Fall

The first Fall takes place in Eden when Adam and Eve choose against God, i.e., against spiritual life. This theme is repeated later on in the Bible when Moses leads the Israelites to the earthly Eden called the Holy Land, the land of milk and honey. After Moses’ death, the Israelites enter this Edenic existence led by Joshua, then the Judges, and finally Samuel, before the advent of King Saul.
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The Holy Grail

Much speculation has arisen about the grail chalice since the arrival of the Da Vince Code book and movie. Here’s one spiritually–based input.
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Relationships: "Me Real-You Shadow"

Relationships are commonly predicated on the formula of "me real–you shadow". This goes to say that the childhood sense of only my life is real and intensely felt while others appear to exist, but seemingly at the periphery of my life, is carried out in adult life. For most, the sense of "me real–you shadow" is not shed. It becomes noted in psychiatric terminology as "narcissistic" or "self–absorbed, egotistical or egocentric". Those cast into the shadows accept this role through intimidation. Read more »

Living Sinai in Egypt

All spiritual practices demand a turning inward to find out who we really are, to know ourselves as Subject by subjective means. Many disciplines require periods of withdrawal – often extensive – to allow for this inward discovery free of external distractions and diversions. In the Western tradition, to which this year–long program is devoted, this point was made decisively when the great teacher Moses led a band of slaves out of Egypt into the Sinai desert to freely engage in such practices without external impositions.
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