Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write off the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Friday, February 23, 2024

Index - The History of Ancient Humanity


This is a rough outline of the ancient historical cultures I hope to explore through this coming year. Within each section there are large gaps yet to be completed. Many articles are completed and linked while many others have yet to be written.

I began this project in the Fall of 2022 when asking the question, "What came before the book of Genesis?" Or, "What is the Evolutionary History of Man, Religion, and God?"

These are not normal questions a Christian would ask... but I think we must ask these broad questions to understand that the Christian God we worship has a dynamic human history which began many eons ago.

As such, I began by setting an arbitrary date of 2500 BC within the Babylonian Kingdom from whose Semitic influence so deeply influenced Israel's early civil and religious history before being affected by the Egyptian and Canaanite cultures. During this time as Israel grew to become an ancient kingdom it had time to develop a national origin, with nationalized civil and religious laws, while also transitioning from from a polytheistic state to a monotheistic state.

All this occurred over 1600 years starting with it's ForeFather and Patriarch, Abram, through whom 12 tribes resulted, to later experience slavery in Egypt, wandered the wildernesses of the Levant giving it time to organize itself with civil and religious laws. Then entered Canaan to form a monarchy of some years before splitting in two to form a pagan polytheistic Northern Kingdom in 900 BC from ten of it's tribes; and a sacramental monotheistic Southern Kingdom in 850 BC from the remaining two tribes, Judah.and Benjamin.

We should also be aware that Israel collected it's oral traditions which we know as the narratives and laws from the Old Testament. These were gathered together between 700BC to 300BC when Israel's ten northern tribes were exiled from the Land by Assyria (between 732 - 722 BC); and later it's two southern tribes under Babylon's rule (598/597, 587, and 582 BC). The Southern kingdom later returned from exile to the Land when set free by Persia at 539 BC, with the start of the construction of the Temple in 537 BC.

We should also note the construction dates of the Hebrew Bible: Parts of the Hebrew Bible were written around the 10th century BC with the final redaction and canonization of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) most likely during the Babylonian Exile (6th–5th century BCE). The entire Hebrew Bible was complete by 100 CE but not canonized until at the Council of Jamnia sometime in the first century AD in response to Christianity.

In short, Israel had a long history which Christians generally understand and know about. But when it comes to history outside of the bible we seem to know very little. Which is also why I wish to look at human history going backwards from Israel's history to the more ancient histories of other human civilizations throughout the Fertile Crescent, the Levant, and into Egypt and East Africa.

R.E. Slater
February 23, 2024

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Index - The History of Ancient Humanity

by R.E. Slater

Table of Contents
  • The Garden of Eden
  • Creation Stories Which Time Forgot
  • The Deep History of the Middle East
  • Our Evolutionary Past
  • The Evolution of God and Religion
  • The Evolution of God
  • The Evolution of Human Language
Related Indexes

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The Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden - Hist of Language - Creation Stories from newest to oldest

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Creation Stories Which Time Forgot

Collection of Ancient Mythologies of the World??













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The Deep History of the Middle East

Fall of Jerusalem

A Brief History of the Jewish People

Archaeology of Israel

History of the Ancient Levant

Ancient Semitic Languages

Timelines of Ancient Semitic-speaking peoples

Ancient Semitic and Egyptian Neolithic Cultures

Hurrian Religion - The Northern gods of Syria & Anatolia

The Hurrian Civilization

Early Neolithic Civilizations - Egypt, The Levant, Mesopotamia

The Birth of Civilization - The Rise of Uruk (6500 to 3200 BC)

The Birth of Civilization - 8800 to 6500 BC

The Birth of Civilization - 20,000 to 8,800 BC

Late Mesolithic Civilizations & Religions - Africa

Ages of Human Civilizations

The First Humans Out of Africa Weren't Quite Who We Thought

Early human migrations

Incomplete - Index of Ancient Human History

Prehistory to Early Civilizations Paleolithic Era Neolithic Era Civilization. - ppt download

The World's Most Ancient Wooden Structure - 476,000 Years Old

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Our Evolutionary Past

Hominid Species Time Line

An Evolutionary Timeline of Homo Sapiens

Looking at Processual Evolution from the Bottom-up rather than from the Top-down

What Is Paleontology - Wikipedia

Human Evolution - Wikipedia

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The Evolution of God and Religion

Intro to the story of God, man, and religion - 2

Intro to the story of God, man, and religion - 1

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The Evolution of God

~ Not begun yet. How did the Storm God of Babylon become
polytheistic Israel's main God? The Story of God through the Bible. ~



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The Evolution of Language