My Friend, My Lover: Sept 2 1989 Until Now Twenty-Five Years of Marriage to Carol Elaine
A video I made some years ago — perhaps my first video, in fact. I feel the same now as then, except moreso. For Dearling…Read more ›
Who am I, What is “Jon Trott’s Blue Christian,” and Why?
Jon Trott. I am an Anglo male afloat in the fog-covered ocean of middle age. I am a Jesus Freak. I am a skeptic. I am a writer — have won some awards and also have been called a “Satanist” or “Cult apologist” or “Socialist / Marxist” by those who didn’t like what I wrote. I am a communard (more […]Read more ›
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“Love Yourself”: an Existential Meditation Inspired by Gabriel Marcel
“…to have a self, to be a self, is the greatest concession made to man, but at the same time it is eternity’s demand upon him.” – Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death This morning my dearling Carol read to me from a book by William Backus, Christian psychologist and faithful friend until his passing last year. The book’s title, […]Read more ›
Women’s History Month
[Published 2006 originally.] Time to celebrate! March is women’s history month. I’d like to list a few women who’ve greatly influenced me in my ongoing journey to become more authentically human. 1. My wife, Carol Elaine. I’d have to write a volume or nothing. 2. My mother, Lucile Hanford Trott, a strong and intelligent woman who gave us poetry, flowers, […]Read more ›
“Terrorist,” “Cultist” and Other Terms Used by Terrorists and Cultists
Forgive the wry title. And forgive the rambling, unkempt nature of what follows. But what happened to the word “cult” in the 1980s has now also happened to the word “terrorist.” Religious scholar Gordon Melton, I believe, once defined “cult” this way: “A cult is a religious group that we do not happen to like.” I would suggest this: “A […]Read more ›
How an Intellectual Could End Up a Prophet
[This post of mine first appeared on the new Project12 website.] Paul is essentially first and foremost a hero of religion. The theological element in him is secondary. Naivete in him is stronger than reflection; mysticism stronger than dogmatism; Christ means more to him than Christology, God more than the doctrine of God. He is far more a man of […]Read more ›