After returning home and starting to process what happened during our visit to South Wales and the gathering in Cardiff, I found this a welcome reminder from a different but parallel perspective that the Lord deeply desires our intimacy and to take us deeper into Him.
The Christian writer J.W. Sire quoted this line from Annie Dillard in Echoes of a Voice, a new book that explores the phenomenon of spiritual or ‘transcendent’ experiences. What are they, why do they happen, and do they mean anything?
I have written about the more numinous side of science many times on this blog (see Transcendence and Transcendent Science). Scientists often speak of a reality beyond the objects they are studying, and for some this is encountered in powerful – if rare – experiences of wonder and awe. Perhaps my experience in the Smithsonian Museum that I described last week also comes into that category?
I found Sire’s analysis of these experiences helpful. He describes moments that are
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