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Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 93 through 102

August 26 through October 28. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!

August 26, 2011
“Discernment: Reflections on 9/11 ” by Norm Dyck.
Norm offers an unconventional perspective on the destruction of the Twin Towers. He finds the 9/11 Commission Report to be frightfully inadequate. As a Swedenborgian, he cannot accept un-rational explanations for events that have shaped our foreign policy so drastically over the last ten years.

September 2, 2011
“Some Ideas Regarding Science and the Writings” by Allen Bedford.
This piece is a condensed version of the forty-nine page essay Allen had published in The New Philosophy, in July 2008. He addresses the friction created when science and religion do not meet neatly in the middle. Allen takes a positive view of this conflict and suggests holding sharp things gently.

September 9, 2011
“Atomic Tension” by Allen Bedford.
Allen explains the atomic tensions that are the root of all the variety we witness in the universe. From this exploration he is able to glean spiritual truths that mimic this fundamental creative dynamic. This was first published in the student newspaper of the Bryn Athyn College, BACON Bits, in April of 2009.

September 16, 2011
“What Art has to do with Faith” by Ayisha Synnestvedt.
Ayisha reflects on how the tenets of the New Church have yet to be fully embodied in forms of art. She ponders how these images may augment our experience of God. What are we waiting for?

September 23, 2011
“"The Ball Is In Your Court"” by Peter Buss.
Peter has taken three essential concepts of the New Church—love, wisdom and use—and condensed each one into a strong statement of purpose. They illuminate the role we must play as individuals in cooperating with the Lord and His providence.

September 30, 2011
“What can we hate?” by Judah Synnestvedt.
Do you spend time critiquing the people around you? Do they just keep looking worse and worse to you? Judah exposes this attitude for the narrow, self-centered posturing that it is. Look on the world with love!

October 7, 2011
“Emanuel Swedenborg Phone Home: A Mystic Perspective On Aliens” by Vaishali.
Using Swedenborg's descriptions of alien life, Vaishali finds comic irony in that, while we as a culture obsess over the possibility of life on other planets, allocating massive funds in search of scientific proof of it, those life forms reject our banal material focus in preference for the sublime worship of One. You can find other essays on the topic of extra-terrestrial life published by New Church Perspective here.

October 14, 2011
“The 21st-Century Debate on Women in the Priesthood Part I: Dangerous Feelings” by Alaina Mabaso.
Reflecting on the dialogue about women in the ministry heard at the 2011 General Assembly, Alaina highlights the double speech circulating on this issue. While the some of the clergy praise women's sensitivity to feeling as their singular virtue, they silence this perception and prevent it from participating in the formal discussion of women in the priesthood. This is the first essay in our series called: Women as Ordained Priests (or Not). The seoncd essay, also by Alaina, is called Part II: "Side Notes" and Tradition.

October 21, 2011
“The 21st-Century Debate on Women in the Priesthood Part II: “Side-Notes” and Tradition” by Alaina Mabaso.
Here's part two from Alaina Mabaso. Staying with the theme of the ordination of women, Alaina shifts her focus to zero in on another inconsistency in the defense of an exclusively male clergy. She points to the problem of painting the proponents of change as heavily influenced by cultural forces while at the same time grounding the supposed doctrinal defenses of the status quo in traditional cultural assumptions. Another well written, easy read which provides valuable perspective on the discussion. Find Alaina's first contribution here. This is number two in the series, Women as Ordained Priests (or Not).

October 28, 2011
“Women in the Ministry” by Joel Glenn.
Joel presents an argument for why women should not be ordained in the General Church. He draws passages from the Writings that support his opinion, while admitting that the Writings are absent of a clear position on this issue. This is the third entry in the series: Women as Ordained Priests (or Not).