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Friday, January 27, 2006

Moore updates welcome on

Thomas Moore has posted a new Welcome message and revised his Events schedule on his site, In his new introduction, Moore mentions some of the people who have guided and influenced his explorations. He includes Carl Jung, James Hillman, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Blake, the Marquis de Sade, Johann Sebastian Bach, William Morris, Lao Tzu, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Anne Sexton, and Marsilio Ficino. He could have added Heraclitus, Ovid, Norman O. Brown, Wallace Stevens, Igor Stravinsky, Margaret Fuller, Rumi, Paracelsus, Nicolas of Cusa, Shunryu Suzuki and Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau, the son of a pencil manufacturer, is the patron saint of the Wainscott, N.Y.-based Lead Pencil Club.

Moore outlines concerns associated with deep religion. They seem particularly poignant given current reactions to the publication of cartoons in Denmark.
"I love my chosen field of depth theology. I find it fascinating, and I also think it has the only effective answers to the problems that make the world such a dangerous place today. People everywhere are caught up in a spiritual frenzy, a religious seizure where they feel too certain, too virtuous, and too divided from their fellow brothers and sisters. The word "religion" is used for both the mania and the cautious pursuit of the mysteries, and so it is difficult to use. Nevertheless, I continue to speak positively about religion, hopeful that it will eventually be restored, not as a silly naïve belief system but as a deep-seated attitude of reverence."