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Here at Aletheia, our mission is to explore the implications of Christian thought within the interdisciplinary space of Cal Poly.

June 2, 2018

This piece was originally written on May 27th, Trinity Sunday in the Christian liturgical calendar.

     One of literature’s jewels, Ray Bradbury’s short story The Murderer  (1953) [1], describes a psychiatrist living in the not-too-distant future who interviews a prisoner sentenced to six months of solitary confinement. According to the st...

May 25, 2018

(Images herein are property of Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios)

     It is a dark and stormy night on a cold, windswept island. Gripped with shame over his failure to protect Kylo Ren from the Dark Side, the middle-aged Luke Skywalker decides he must destroy the last remaining copy of the sacred Jedi texts, tucked away inside a tree tr...

April 1, 2018

Rubaiyat of a Fire

  

         

          Look, the precipice: a man of power

          From his forearm a great flood will shower

          But never will he eclipse the silk moon

          In firestorm hearts all flames do cower;

          A twisted...

March 31, 2018

God is infinite and eternal, says the Abrahamic monotheist. God becomes finite and temporal, says the Christian. God becomes nothingness, again says the Christian. God becomes finite and eternal, says the Christian once more. Then, finally, God, the finite and eternal, reunifies with the infinite and eternal.

It’s an interesting tale at the least. Bu...

March 31, 2018

          stretched limbs,

          expended.

          tension, strain,

          release,            thrust.

          tug of war:

          triumphant unclean,

          triumph...

March 31, 2018

A few thousand years ago, there was a man named Abram. We don’t know much about his background, except that he grew up surrounded by a people with a culture that did not honor the God he was about to meet. The author of Genesis tells us that late in his life Abram was given a command and a promise. The command was to leave everything Abram had ever...

March 30, 2018

Note:  In a number of phrases, the author has taken poetic license in expressing theological concepts and faith-related experiences for which simple language falls short.

blood drips down your brow, your nose, your beard

you’re shaking, reeling, gasping

yelping and wriggling in agony

when you hang, nails in your hands burn

when you stand, nails in y...

March 30, 2018

         

          Why, in love

          does one forget

          the pyre he claims

          to hold?

          Is it time

          vitiating heat and

          masking intent

          with the ru...

March 30, 2018

The tradition and imagery found in an Eastern Orthodox Christian church throughout the ecclesiastical year are second to none. A major contributor to this is that the services, through the centuries since Christ, have been kept exactly the same as they were originally practiced (except for the vernacular language of course). At no other point in the...

March 25, 2018

Dayshine

I enter into the presence of the sun

seeking the light of its countenance.​​

the day alighting upon me like a dove,

cooing in the dew-laden air of the morning.

my fingertips tickled by the chilly kiss

where stars adieu the moon,

and blue fades white to blue;

where setting moons embrace the rising one 

and star-crossed lovers bid farewell.

Crests dipp...

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