Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Rachael Kohn, the presenter of the ABC's Spirit of Things recently interviewed Carla Van Raay -- and a fascinating interview it is. Carla entered a convent at the age of eighteen. Twelve years later, she became a call girl who gave sexual, spiritual healing to men for a fee. Underlying all this was a search for spiritual peace. She has recently written a book called God's Callgirl. You can read the transcript of this unusual interview or, for a limited time, listen to the program.
Raised in a pious Catholic home, Carla Van Raay was destined to become a nun like her sister. At the age of eighteen, she entered a convent to devote her life to God. What no one expected was that more than 12 years later she'd be plying her trade as a call girl. Carla tells her story of spiritual suffering and triumph, and explains how she discovered the spiritual value of sex, becoming in the process, "God's call girl". But a "demon within" had to be expunged before she could find true spiritual peace.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
- Matt Ruff's website for the book where you can read the first four chapters online.
- The Skeptic's Dictionary entry on multiple personality disorder - an excellent discussion of this controversial diagnosis.
- An important essay by Paul R McHugh who was Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore when he wrote it.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Atheism has been around for a long time but it has, according to Alister McGrath, failed to capture the world's imagination. He argues that atheism has had its day and the prediction that we would grow into a world where religious superstition would completely disappear has not eventuated. Instead, we are seeing the rise of spirituality in a myriad of forms. But that doesn't mean that atheism doesn't matter. McGrath suggests that 'the greatest virtue of atheism is its moral seriousness—its criticisms and passionate demands for justice...' Read the whole article here.