I Believe.

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I would love your comments about my personal statement of beliefs that are the basis for my work.

I believe the spiritual is at the core of each human.

I believe the creative and intellectual are normative expressions of the healthy spirit and not the domain of the artistic or academic elite.

I believe contemporary culture is often impoverished intellectually and artistically.

I believe the source of this impoverishment is a poverty of spirit.

I believe the Christian church bears responsibility for this poverty of spirit, to the degree to which it fails to guide people to a deep, God-centered, transforming spiritual life in community.

I believe the Christian church bears responsibility for the impoverishment of culture to the degree to which it has entered warlike into combat with culture, or has cocooned itself in a subculture, sheltered from or in a parallel universe to culture, or is conformed to culture, taking on its diversionary, mindless, celebrity oriented, money, marketing and technology driven superficiality.

I believe the younger generation faces a lose-lose superficial faith and culture and yearns for something deeper, though it paradoxically gluttonously consumes the insubstantial.

I believe a renaissance of both faith & culture is needed.

I believe individuals, who seek, know and serve God passionately, are the beginning of such a renaissance.

I believe such individuals are called by God to be a loving, transforming presence in culture as Jesus demonstrated by example and teaching.

I believe loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, and loving our neighbor as our self is the basis of true community.

I believe such a community is intergenerational and is based on mutual respect.

I believe each generation has a responsibility to pass on what it knows to the next.

I believe transformed, gifted individuals pursuing God in the company of friends can contribute to bringing about a transformation of faith and culture.

I believe there is substantive work being done by academics and in literary circles but it is often inaccessible to everyday people.

I believe popular culture often touches on important issues accessibly, but superficially.

I believe that there is a need to make the academic & literary accessible and to link the issues alluded to by popular culture to the deeper, underlying traditions on which they are based.

I believe such middlebrow appeal allows everyday people to enjoy ideas, the spiritual, a richer aesthetic, and a more complete and satisfying life.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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