More profound insights from Richard Rohr this morning...
Great religion is full of paradoxes. A paradox is something that appears to be contradictory, but if seen from another angle or with a different mind, is not a contradiction at all but a deep truth. We Catholics love paradoxes: Jesus is fully human and yet fully divine. Mary is a virgin and yet mother. The Eucharist is bread and Jesus at the same time. God is three and one at the same time. [Mike's inserts: The first shall be last and the last shall be first. In order to save your life you must lose it. The list goes on.] These are logical contradictions and cannot be processed with a dualistic mind. To deal with spirituality, you need different software, which I call contemplation or nondual consciousness. Paul simply called it understanding spiritual things spiritually (1 Corinthians 2:6-16).
Once we stopped teaching the contemplative mind, we set up the Western world for rationalism and secularism. We lost our unique access point, our "new mind" and alternative consciousness. We told Christians to keep believing these doctrines, which we always paradoxes, but we no longer gave them the proper software with which to understand them. Is it any surprise that atheism emerged primarily in the Christian West?
Richard Rohr, On the Threshold of Transformation