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Richard Rohr is so prolific and aphoristic that it can be hard to get a handle on him - which is entirely the point. I have a lot of measured appreciation for his writing, except that the fruit of it in the lives of everyone I've known who have taken it too seriously is some kind of unbelief. Hence this swipe file of moments when Rohr really boned it.
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Richard Rohr is so prolific and aphoristic that it can be hard to get a handle on him - which is entirely the point. I have a lot of measured appreciation for his writing, except that the fruit of it in the lives of everyone I've known who have taken it too seriously is some kind of unbelief. Hence this swipe file of moments when I think Rohr really boned it.
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== ...and Perennialism  ==
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I thought Richard Rohr would deny being a Perennialist, but (to his credit) he doesn't. He totally owns it:
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<blockquote>The things I teach come from a combination of inner and outer authority, drawn from personal experience and a long lineage of the “perennial tradition” as [[Category:Aldous Huxley|Aldous Huxley]], [[Category:Huston Smith|Huston Smith]], [[Category:Ken Wilber|Ken Wilber]], and many others have called it. I don’t believe God expects us to start from zero and reinvent the wheel of faith in our one small lifetime. Thankfully, we can each participate in the “communion of saints,” and draw upon the force field of the Holy Spirit. The Great Tradition, the perennial philosophy, has developed through the ages, and is an inherited gift.
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The Perennial Tradition points to recurring themes and truths within all of the world’s religions. At their most mature level, religions cultivate in their followers a deeper union with God, with each other, and with reality—or what is... My calling (and the CAC’s work in the last twenty-nine years) has been to retrieve and reteach the wisdom that has been lost, ignored, or misunderstood within the Judeo Christian Tradition. Any truth that keeps recurring and gathers humanity’s positive energy is called wisdom and most assuredly has to be from the One Holy Spirit.</blockquote>
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- from [https://cac.org/the-perennial-tradition-2015-12-20/ The Perennial Tradition]
  
 
== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==

Revision as of 03:54, 18 June 2020

Richard Rohr is so prolific and aphoristic that it can be hard to get a handle on him - which is entirely the point. I have a lot of measured appreciation for his writing, except that the fruit of it in the lives of everyone I've known who have taken it too seriously is some kind of unbelief. Hence this swipe file of moments when I think Rohr really boned it.

...and Perennialism

I thought Richard Rohr would deny being a Perennialist, but (to his credit) he doesn't. He totally owns it:

The things I teach come from a combination of inner and outer authority, drawn from personal experience and a long lineage of the “perennial tradition” as,,, and many others have called it. I don’t believe God expects us to start from zero and reinvent the wheel of faith in our one small lifetime. Thankfully, we can each participate in the “communion of saints,” and draw upon the force field of the Holy Spirit. The Great Tradition, the perennial philosophy, has developed through the ages, and is an inherited gift. The Perennial Tradition points to recurring themes and truths within all of the world’s religions. At their most mature level, religions cultivate in their followers a deeper union with God, with each other, and with reality—or what is... My calling (and the CAC’s work in the last twenty-nine years) has been to retrieve and reteach the wisdom that has been lost, ignored, or misunderstood within the Judeo Christian Tradition. Any truth that keeps recurring and gathers humanity’s positive energy is called wisdom and most assuredly has to be from the One Holy Spirit.

- from The Perennial Tradition

Etymology

Rohr is a really sloppy etymologist, at best. He has a prepared dismissal of Christian word police, but when he says "this word comes comes from x" and it... flat out doesn't, that's not word policing. It's just a very base-line concern for the truth.

“the early Fathers of the church dared to call [the Trinity] a divine circle dance,” using the Greek word “perichoresis, the origin of our word choreography.” - The Divine Dance

None of the Fathers called the Trinity a dance, they definitely weren't talking about dancing when they used the word "perichoresis", which isn't the origin of our word "choreography” (that would be choreuo, not choreo) [1]

"The work of religion is to re-ligio—re-ligament or reunite what our egos and survival instincts have put asunder, namely a fundamental wholeness at the heart of everything." - The Perennial Tradition

Cicero suggests religion is from relegere "go through again" (in reading or in thought) but most etymologists think it's from religare "to bind fast", via the notion of "place an obligation on," or "bond between humans and gods." Another possible origin is religiens "careful," opposite of negligens. [2]