In these podcasts, Dr. John Martin Ramsay looks at living at the interface between the finite and the infinite by taking small bits of easily understood situations to nibble at the magnitude of the insight. If you want more, get his book, ANSWERS BECOME QUESTIONS, from most booksellers.
Answers Become Questions: a guide for living at the interface between the finite and the infinite
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After yesterday's draft of this podcast Rev Allen Grothe, in his online sermon, supplied me with a couple of choice sentences which just had to be added to the points I tried to make. Click on this link to see Allen's entire service on youtube; the quotes start at 28:00
You can order my own book Answers Become Questions. You can also link to a book review I quoted from The Catholic World Report which claims that what “Nick Ripatrazone portrays in Longing for an Absent God: Faith and Doubt in Great American Fiction is sorely needed in these days of social distancing filled with concern that physical closeness could breed infection. The Catholic literary tradition, like its religious traditions, is deeply tactile…Its practices, both inside churches and in the daily lives of the faithful, surround us in the conviction that God is among us—here, now.”
But first, listen to the podcast!
How do we humans convert what our ears hear into thoughts? Can humans create machines which will be able to think? The answers we have found thus far at the edge of what we know leave us with more questions!
Here, in this podcast, is the crux of the matter which my book Answers Become Questions examines in much more detail. The book itself (ISBN 9781733029162) can now be printed on demand from major booksellers or downloaded as an ebook (ISBN 9781733029179).
Living in the world at the interface between the finite and the infinite is neither complete with a finite set of rules by which we can govern nor is the chaos of anarchy acceptable. Where does that leave us?
We humans indeed hold a special place in the formation and development of the universe. But there are serious warning signs that we need to urgently change our exploitation of our earthly position if we intend to continue our life on earth. Think cosmically first and then adjust our earthly actions to match what is required of us to hold onto our position.
LGBTQQIP2SAA+...!!! Perhaps it all boils down to an important understanding that each individual is an individual never to be repeated. Perhaps, if we understand this, we humans will be more able to respect each other and work together in determining what the Almighty expects of us.
At the interface between the finite and the infinite, human societies seem to polarize whether it be dividing North Korea and South Korea, choosing communism or democracy, and joining the Republican or Democrat Party in the United States. How does this polarization appear in the face of climate change?
Can a very simple concept be described in few words? In this podcast I try but quickly find that the few words are so deep that it is difficult to plumb the bottom, especially since there is no bottom to the Infinite! So, I chose to illustrate what it means to live at the interface between the finite and the infinite and used the question of gender to show how the concept of gender has changed over the years. Is gender a matter of genes? Is gender a choice? Are we asking the right questions? Can finite beings ever draw final conclusions? Other podcasts will deal with the implications of your answer to that last question!!!
Hale Schroer, in his sermon yesterday at Samuel United Church of Christ in Clayton, Missouri, matched ME and WE with ID. That got me to thinking about "love thy neighbor as thyself," although that scripture was not the text for the sermon, "Christians and Made not Born." Living at the interface of the finite and the infinite begs for cultivated links and awareness between ME and WE. I end this podcast with a childhood song!
People have bought into the revolution in electronic communication. Dr. Ramsay takes a look at one electronic joke hanging in the air in central Kentucky as truckers pass it from one to the other as they roll by. What are the implications for society?
Podcast #5 is about EDUCATION. N.F.S. Grundtvig understood that preparation for living at the interface between the finite and the infinite requires a different form of education—one in which there are no exams! The Scandinavian countries provide a case study of what a difference education can make in how we manage our lives.
In Episode #4, "Bulging Biceps and Washboard Abs," Dr. Ramsay states, "We need to use words and dictionaries as we fumble along through life. But, defining them is like pinning and mounting butterflies. Once mounted, life is gone and the butterfly no longer flies." Words are useful in the same way a cadaver is useful to a surgeon in learning how to enhance life!
Dr. Ramsay describes a 7th grade biology class considering what it means to classify people into black or white. He liked teaching 7th graders because they are wonderfully open minded and intelligent because they have not yet been brain washed by their adult world.