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Monday, September 08, 2008

The whole picture

In seminary I'm reading a fairly mainline book on spirituality that doesn't connect with what we might be known through evolution. It's not that he asserts a literal Adam or 7 day creation, he's mainline after all.

But he does seem to assert things about the cosmos; it's created to love us, to "rock us in joy", etc. While there are many factors which act to sustain us, we live in a world that also can act to disrupt, tear down what we value and love (thinking of the recent hurricanes).

In a cosomological level, most of the universe is filled with nothing, not matter, not stars, or planets, or galaxies, but a literal void. Such a world has elements that act as divine but much of the world is indifferent to this.

In that, I don't think Darwin and the relevant sciences have really had a chance to make an impact even in the mainline. Or at least in a way that asks us to rethink our language about how we speak of this world, God's role in it, etc.

8 Comments:

At 10:41 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

Yes; there are only a few folks who've explored the overlap of cosmology and theology; scope for nonsensical howlers abounds.

I have a vague memory of either the Pope or someone in the Vatican releasing a statement in the past couple of years about "laws of nature... and how we must obey them", to which a friend of mine pointed out that he obviously had no clue what a "law of nature" actually was, as though the social human concept of obedience could be applied to the weak force! D'uh. Try again?

That said, I was recommended to check out David Wilkinson the other day but haven't actually read any of his books just yet.

 
At 11:47 AM , Blogger David Jackoway said...

You may also want to check out the work of Rev. Michael Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow.

An excerpt from his website:
"A movement has been growing over the past few decades that takes our common creation story, the epic of evolution revealed by science, as the basis for an inspiring and meaningful view of our place in the universe. Rev. Michael Dowd, “America's evolutionary evangelist,” is at the forefront of this movement. He presents in a lively and accessible manner the reasons why it is now possible to view evolution as a spiritual process; how current science shows that evolution is not meaningless blind chance; practical methods for using evolutionary insights to achieve greater personal fulfillment; and how aligning with evolutionary trends can guide activists and others hoping to make our world a better place."

Dwight, you can see him in person on Wednesday, Sept 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis which is near CTS.

 
At 10:58 PM , Blogger John Shuck said...

We just had Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow in our area. I recommend them.

 
At 11:26 AM , Anonymous ChristianEcon said...

I think modern physics is bridging the philosophical gap between science and religion.

 
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At 3:40 PM , Blogger Martin said...

Try this for size?

http://www.scienceray.com/Philosophy-of-Science/The-Theory-of-Evolution-Applied-to-Religious-Belief.390323

 
At 9:05 AM , Blogger orthodox said...

"we live in a world that also can act to disrupt, tear down what we value and love"

You have heard of "the fall", right?

 

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