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Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr’s Teachings

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr’s Teachings

First Theme: "Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview (METHODOLOGY)."

Second Theme: "If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side (FOUNDATION)."

Third Theme: "There is only one Reality. Any distinction between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane, is a bogus one (FRAME).'

Fourth Theme: "Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light (ECUMENICAL)."

Fifth Theme: "The separate self is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the “shadow self” the problem. This leads to denial, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the Divine (TRANSFORMATION)."

Sixth Theme: "The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines (PROCESS)."

Seventh Theme: "Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion (GOAL)."

For more explanation, see https://cac.org/dm-themes/.

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