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365 Names No More

2011.01.05
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THOUGH IT MAY REINFORCE MY reputation as a non-finisher, I must suspend the 365 Names project.

It just doesn’t feel right to exploit God in the name of ratings.

Like any writer, I am obsessed with being read. If you blog for more than pleasure — for pleasure, yes, but also to Get Your Name Out There, to build a body of work and reinforce or spark a readership also pursued through more traditional publishing fora — freelance writing, say, or fiction — you will find yourself trying to drive traffic. Nothing wrong with that on the face of it, but I’d rather do that on my own merits and not drag the Source Of All Knowing into it.
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365 Names: Great Magnet

2011.01.05
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THE GREAT MAGNET is what conceptual journalist Hunter S. Thompson called our mysterious Subject in his Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. Typical of Thompson’s grim, savage outlook, the Great Magnet is mentioned only indirectly. It may be neither prayed to nor appeased; only its workings observed with scalpel-tongued irony.

Each day of 2011, Metaphorager.Net will feature a different name for that-which-some-people-call-God. Some will be original, others traditional. If you want to see your favorite here, send it to scoop@sonic.net with the subject line “365 Names.”

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365 Names: The Immensity

2011.01.04
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“THE IMMENSITY” is what Monsieur Ibrahim calls Whatever we’re now in our fourth day of naming. M. Ibrahim calls It that toward the end of the film, after spending much of the time answering his young protege’s questions about God with an enigmatic, “I know what’s in my Quran.” (If you want to know what’s in his Quran too, see the film.)

Each day of 2011, Metaphorager.Net will feature a different name for that-which-some-people-call-God. Some will be original, others traditional. If you want to see your favorite here, send it to scoop@sonic.net with the subject line “365 Names” and whether or not you want to be credited.

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Why 365 Names of God?

2011.01.03
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Why not? Well, the folks at Make Something Every Day And Change Your Life (http://makesomething365.blogspot.com/) crossed my path, and where the whim goeth, goeth I. Names are sourced from:

1. Traditional religions
2. Science fiction, fantasy, autobiography or other literature
3. The author’s brain and/or territories thereof
4. Reader submissions (send with attribution to scoop@sonic.net, subject “365 Names”)

Among other things, I hope to show the universality of the God-concept: an individual or cultural belief in or knowledge of Something or Someone transcendent, creative, monistic, final and above all Mysterious. Partly, I hope to dissolve walls by making them more distinct; also, as Lower North America seems to be calling for a new Dark Age, I want to show that no one has a monopoly on “God.” (Better still: that everyone’s an expert.)


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365 Names: Elohim

2011.01.03
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ELOHIM. Hebrew for “gods,” “divine beings,” “judges.” In the Torah, this Name denotes God’s judgmental aspect. It’s also the first one given in the Torah, and as it’s associated with the first creation story some consider that tale a metaphor for the dawning of consciousness: that Reality is not created from Nothing so much as it’s distinguished from Chaos.

Each day of 2011, Metaphorager.Net will feature a different name for that-which-some-people-call-God. Some will be original, others traditional. If you want to see your favorite here, send it to scoop@sonic.net with the subject line “365 Names” and whether or not you want to be credited.

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365 Names: The Self-Evident

2011.01.02
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THE SELF-EVIDENT is That which does not need to justify Its existence. An analogy is found in the answer to the question, “How do you know you’re reading this?”

Each day of 2011, Metaphorager.Net will feature a different name for that-which-some-people-call-God. Some will be original, others traditional. If you want to see your favorite here, send it to scoop@sonic.net with the subject line “365 Names” and whether or not you want to be credited.

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365 Names of God: YHVH

2011.01.01
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Fig. 0.

This name of God, the most holy to Jews, is that by which God asked Moses to introduce Him to the Israelites in the Book of Exodus. Lacking vowels, it is literally unpronounceable; the transliterated spelling is YHVH. Where it appears in Torah or prayer, hardcore Jews instead say “Adonai” (my Lord) or “Hashem” (The Name) and associate thsi name with God’s merciful (as opposed to judgmental) aspect. Those qualities seem apropos for our first installment in the 365 Names Of God Project. May the MultiMonickered please bless my efforts.

Each day of 2011, Metaphorager.Net will feature a different name for that-which-some-people-call-God. Some will be original, others traditional. If you want to see your favorite here, send it to scoop@sonic.net with the subject line “365 Names” and whether or not you want to be credited.

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