living through death

"The only way that you can accept life is if you can accept death.” –Leo Buscaglia

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IAlex Blondeau‘m Alex Blondeau. Following in my father’s footsteps I did my undergraduate work in the fine arts. After four years or so in the world of advertising as a graphic designer, I jumped ship. I then completed a Master of Arts in “Christian Thought” from Bethel Seminary (St. Paul) in 2010 which culminated in a thesis in the area of theological meta-ethics. The paper explored the question: “is God necessary for morality?” (The answer is: Yes, but not if God “exists.”) I am now in the process of working towards my PhD. at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. My work centers on the paradoxical nature of salvation as worked out in Paul Tillich’s philosophy of religion and as exemplified in the psychotherapeutic spiritual Christology of Sebastian Moore. Recently my work has centered around how adventure can serve as a doorway to salvation, and also be reinforced by Centering Prayer.

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May 20, 2009 at 11:13 am

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  1. I saw your comments on Experimental Theology and had to check out your blog. I’d been a devout Christian for years, but my main apologetic supports around morality and meaning collapsed, and after fighting for over a year, I’ve now lost my faith. I’m just as interested as ever in the question of whether God is necessary for morality, and also for ultimate meaning – and I’m continuing to think that the answer is yes. But that’s more disturbing now.

    Well, I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

    Oh, and I am also a fellow Thrice fan. 🙂

    Ivan

    August 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    • Hi Ivan,
      Thanks for dropping by. You’re not alone my friend. Many of us have gone through a similar experience. It seems to get cashed out differently for each of us. Some call it a loss of faith. Others call it growth. Some move out of their faith tradition entirely, others reinvent it. My personal strategy tends in the latter direction. I tend to think that the idea of faith that evangelicals tend to run with has some pretty deep flaws. Rather than rejecting the tradition because of it, I’ve rejected certain aspects of their notion of faith.

      A couple books that I’ve found helpful on the matter from a psychological perspective would be Robert Kegan’s “In Over Our Heads” and James Fowler’s “Stages of Faith.”

      and… Woo! Thrice! 😀

      Alex

      August 22, 2011 at 7:40 am

      • Hey Alex, I hope you’re rocking out to Major/Minor. It has all the raw musical and theological awesomeness one expects from Thrice – and it also definitely probes our particular concerns on meaning and morality. I posted a few thoughts on it here.

        I’ve added those books to my (long) reading list. But let me also ask: can you recommend any blogs? I’ve found plenty of confident Christian blogs, and plenty of smug atheist blogs. But blogs that simultaneously grapple with the possibility that Christianity may be false, and the full implications that might entail? Not so much…

        Ivan

        September 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

  2. Hi Alex. Enjoyed you blog. I am writing a book concerning defeat and how it can lead to a kind of victory in the sense that it can take you down a road to something more meaningful than the ‘meaningless victories’ that are built on worthless illusions offered by our society’s values. It is a teenage fiction book that I am writing and I was wondering if you knew of any good quotes, illustrations or stories (or all three) that illustrate this. If you can help then please email me. Thanks very much

    Oliver

    October 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    • Thanks, Oliver.
      I just sent you an email.

      Alex

      October 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  3. Hi Alex,
    I am glad I found your blog. Your thoughts are meaningful and give me a reason to think deeper.Thanks–
    keep blogging.

    Irvin J. Boudreaux

    November 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    • Hi Irvin,
      Thanks for that! I just checked out your “about” page. Are you still pursuing your spiritual direction certification?

      Alex

      November 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      • Yes, I am going to SMU the week after Thanksgiving. We are doing an Enneagram workshop as well as our regular program. I am enjoying this work and look forward to being there.

        Irvin J. Boudreaux

        November 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    • Very nice. I’m a 2 on the Enneagram. 🙂

      Alex

      November 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  4. Well, hello Sir! I had no idea. I learn more about you every time I look!

    Alexis Roy

    April 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    • Hi Alexis! Just one big unfolding surprise, aren’t I? 🙂

      Alex

      April 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

  5. Robert Kegan is my personality theorist when I am writing my theory paper in Clinical Pastoral Education and as a chaplain.

    Star

    February 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    • He’s so good! He makes the whole world of developmental psychology so accessible and applicable!

      Alex

      February 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm


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