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

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

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Questions of Life, Death, Despair, Myth, Religion, and Ecology



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The chart above shows the evolutionary development of religion. As a process theologian I can say that even my own Christian religion for myself, and for my time and space, continues to redefine itself from its past in significantly more helpful ways than did my traditional teachings of classic Christianity had done.

That even in this small regard, the evolution of the Christian religion continues apace with all world religions as each examines their own origins, past teachings and beliefs, and adjust all centralized tenets to better comport with today's metamodern worlds of contemporary thought-and-living.

It is why I felt Whiteheadian process philosophy could help not only my own beliefs but my observations to the world and sciences around me. Which is also why great pains have been taken to share my journey here from traditional Christianity towards a Process form of Christianity which I have written down at length.

That God is love. That Love is central to the cosmology of God and the universe we live within. That love must become central to all our relationships with each other and nature about us. That Process Theology can take the Christ event of redemption and apply it meaningfully in the direction of love and healing, as it was meant to be by the God of Love. And how that love, as shown through the person of Christ Jesus, is also the path we must take in a processual world of relationality of all things to all things.

Process, for myself and for others, is the more meaningful way forward from traditional Christianity's dipolar God of love and wrath. It doesn't deny sin, or consequences of sin and evil, but it also says the God who loves always, is never a part of sin and evil. Does not perpetrate or cause it. And does not extend or continue it in forms of wrathful judgement and hell. Traditional Christianity has idolatrized God with our own human natures. But God is not us though we are to become like God in love, outreach, helps, works of kindness, and so forth. Not as forms of salvation but as forms of growing our inner beings deriving purpose, identity, satisfaction, care, healing, and mission.

A Process God is a God who is processual Savior, Re-Creator, Redeemer, Healer of our souls; the world's soul;, nature's soul. A process God is generative and good and meaningfully present every moment of our lives. And that the future is open - wishing, yearning, longing to fulfill itself in the direction of divine love and beauty, fellowship and enjoyment amongst its members.

This is the process theologian's vision of today's new post-evangelical, post-Christian religion and what it may become with Jesus and divine Love at the center of its bones when shunning Hellenism, Platonism, Rationalized Enlightenment, and all creedal church statement describing God as other than God is.

Here, today, I found the presentation below to helpfully extend the meaningfulness of myth and mythos traditions in terms of redemptive storylines. The bible shares a historicity with past events but its oral traditions also extended religious man's ideation of God... some good, some not so good. Rather than to look to Karen and Brian's commentary as a definite judgment upon religious beliefs I thought it may be helpful to examine the storyline of religion through their minds and hearts. Who are asking and observing the many commonalities much of the world is asking itself of religion... if there is any good which may be found in belief.

For myself, I say yes, if redirected more healthily towards the belief in a God who is Love and who had Loving shared God's Self with us through God's incarnation and resurrection.

Lastly, I would observe that neither Karen nor Brian speak to the newest development in salvific Christianity - that of Process Christianity based upon Whitehead and expanded by John Cobb over their lifetimes of examination asking questions of life, death, despair, myth, religion, and ecology.

Blessings,

R.E. Slater
November 20, 2022


World Science Festival


Questions of Life, Death, Despair,
Myth, Religion, and Ecology


Sacred Nature with Karen Armstrong
Premiered Nov 10, 2022


Bestselling author and religious historian Karen Armstrong joined Brian Greene for a conversation exploring humankind’s evolving relationship with the Earth, life, and the cosmos. To save ourselves and the planet, do we need to reestablish our sense that nature is sacred? This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Co-Presented with, and filmed at, the New-York Historical Society.



AUTHOR

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religious affairs, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The charter was launched globally in the fall of 2009. She is currently an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. She lives in London.


PHYSICIST, AUTHOR

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics. Greene is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and the discovery of spatial topology change. His books—The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality, and Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe—have collectively spent over 67 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. In 2008, Greene co-founded the World Science Festival, where he serves as Chairman of the Board. His latest book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, was released in 2020.


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