Ross Bishop

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Whether conquering the unexplored, beating the competition, subduing nature, overpowering bad guys, conquering disease, converting “backward” peoples, having a war on drugs or winning at football, Western man makes war on everything. Competition is the Western way. The military modality of powerful leaders marshaling their forces into campaigns with battle plans and strategies, foot soldiers and heroes, and most importantly victories and defeats, winners and losers, is what has brought the West its self-appointed glory. We do not understand harmony. We understand winning. Second place is oblivion, nice guys finish last. Who was the second man to land on the moon? Who was the second man to fly solo across the Atlantic?
POSTED ON: July 5, 2016, 5:00 pm BY Ross Bishop

The Rise of Rational Thought

Begun by men of compassion and gentility like Erasmus, Manetti and Mirandola, Humanism was to suffer the fate of all movements as its initial inroads were corrupted and perverted by more radical elements. The intellectual discourse of the Humanists was replaced by empirical science. Men like Descartes, Malebranche, Bacon and Newton carried the flag of emerging scientific rationality and planted it firmly on intellectual high ground for all to see.
POSTED ON: September 5, 2016, 11:35 am BY Ross Bishop

The Evolution of Faith

Once there was a mythical age when people worked the land, were close to each other and had a strong reverence for nature. They lived with and depended upon the plant and animal spirits. There was little separation between the outer world of form and the inner world of mythology.
POSTED ON: December 2, 2015, 9:20 am BY Ross Bishop

The Principles of Hermeticism

Hermeticism, one of humankind’s oldest mystical traditions, has demonstrated a remarkable resiliency over thousands of years of continuous practice. Sometimes relegated to but a few monks in the desert, Hermeticism has also occasionally been swept into broader social acceptance. Residents in Harran, Turkey, the oldest known human city (13,500 B.C.), practiced Hermeticism and honored Hermes Trismegistus, the legendary founder of Hermeticism. The Bible tells us that Abraham had contact with Harran and in Genesis, he alludes to several Hermetic precepts.
POSTED ON: May 12, 2016, 1:05 pm BY Ross Bishop

Hermeticism – A Short History

For thousands of years Hermeticism and Judaism coexisted in The Middle East. Hermeticism offered a mystical philosophy in contrast to Judaism’s more practical approach. Hermeticism had widespread acceptance at times but has generally remained a mystical tradition, practiced in remote locations by dedicated adherents.
POSTED ON: June 8, 2016, 5:25 pm BY Ross Bishop

God and Money

Concern for the effect of money on people has been a subject of considerable interest by every major religion. There are over 2,000 Biblical references to wealth, and half of the parables Jesus taught from involved money or possessions. The Bible, the Jewish Tanakh, The Koran, the Buddha’s Sutras and the Hindu Vedas are consistent in the view that money, in and of itself, is not harmful; but that what it does to people often is.
POSTED ON: June 8, 2016, 10:45 am BY Ross Bishop