Are We Evolving?
"In an evolutionary context, the goal of
the spiritual life is not peace; it's perpetual development. It's about the
ecstasy that compels us to create the future. And it's not a future that's
going to unfold by itself, it's a future that we must create through direct,
conscious, intentional engagement with the life-process itself."
- Andrew Cohen
All Thing Are Connected|
By: Karen Holmgren
A few years ago I read The Universe Story by Brian Swimme and
Thomas Berry in which the 13.7 billion year history of our evolving and
emerging Universe is told as both a scientific, historical account and
sacred story. Something in this clicked for me and I began to see the
world through newly opened eyes, discovering a level of joy and wonder
exceeded my childhood experience.
Season of Creation |
By: Bruce Sanguin
Scatter us, O Holy One,
like seed into fertile
Bury us, in the loam
of what is yet to come.
Give us the wisdom,
Sower of Life
to learn the delicate
art of dying,
again and again,
until we know the
between the shell and
the persona and the
the role and the real.
Crack open our hard
and release the thin
that knows to reach for
heralding the universe
waiting to emerge.
Draw our greening souls
in love with light,
And drive our roots
allured by sacred
We consent to your
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Author of The Emerging Churchand Darwin, Divinity, and The Dance of the Cosmos
TCPC Associate Director/Editor
New Book: I Want To Be Left Behind|
By: Brenda Peterson
|With stirring immediacy, Peterson describes the traumatic awakenings
during the 1960s and 1970s that inspired her to reject the concept of
the Rapture and embrace the effort to preserve earthly creation.
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There are a growing number of dedicated
thinkers and spiritual leaders who are writing, speaking and teaching of a new
world view and new ways to interpret the Christian story in it. Dynamic
theologies and renewed Christologies are springing up often stimulated by our
scientific and philosophical thinkers, with a few theological revolutionaries
thrown into the mix.
These creative people are talking, writing
and teaching about a major shift of consciousness. In the words of Michael
Dowd, "It is a shift from seeing ourselves as separate beings, placed on
Earth,(the world was made for us,) to seeing ourselves as a self-reflexive
expressions of Earth, (we were made for the world)...it is a major shift in our
understanding of who we are and what we are. It is a shift at the deepest
possible level: our identity or sense of self."
Somehow these folks have been able to find
the words and concepts to describe and define this shift, something that many
people, particularly young adults, have been feeling for some time but have
been unable to find the words or even a point of reference to express it.
What Is Evolutionary Christianity?
By: Bruce Sanguin
facing a planetary crisis that is unparalleled in human history. There is
overwhelming scientific evidence that we are at a tipping point. Species
extinction is accelerating, global warming is melting the polar icecaps at a
rate that exceeds all scientific predictions, and our air, water, and soil is
rapidly becoming a toxic soup that is ending up in our own bodies. We have only
a few years to reorient ourselves and avert a disaster from which there may be
news is that there is an emerging groundswell of people who are awakening to a
universe that is alive, purposeful, and unfolding in trajectory toward
increased complexity, consciousness, and compassion. It is dawning on many of
us that after 13.7 billion years, we are the presence of the evolutionary
process that has become self-aware - and that while the beauty of the cosmos
consists of its splendid diversity, there is no disconnection anywhere in the
The Salvation of Religion: From Beliefs to Knowledge|
By: Michael Dowd
The Salvation of Religion: From Beliefs to Knowledge
Much has been written and countless discussions have ensued in recent years
about the seemingly inevitable decline of Christianity and rise of secularism
in America in the 21st
century, which is along the lines of what happened in Europe
in the mid 20th century.
Thinking and speaking of God in
traditional ways (thereby using mostly biblical metaphors) has cost all forms
of traditional faith in the western world both relevance and credibility.
Indeed, I'd go so far as to suggest...
- The primary cause of the
Church's decline in size and influence in Europe, and now also in America,
is this: valuing the Bible as the only scripture while failing to see that
today's science, interpreted meaningfully and mythically, reveals God's
nature, God's ways, and God's guidance in many ways far more accurately
than anything the biblical writers could have accessed millennia ago.
The Four Core Tenets of Evolutionary Christianity|
By: Michael Dowd
Evolutionary Christianity values big history -- the
14-billion-year epic of physical, biological, and cultural evolution -- as
divine revelation and as our common creation story. Here are four core tenets
of Evolutionary Christianity:
1. It is impossible not to trivialize and demean God
and gospel without a science-based, deep-time appreciation of human nature, our
shared ancestry, the trajectory of big history, and the creative role played by
death at all levels of the universe.
Does Evolution Favor Religion?|
By Mark Vernon
Posted on 3/26/10
was at a conference just recently, where we told tales of vampire bats that
share their blood, bacteria that work together, and monkeys that ease group
tensions by making love. It set me thinking about the evolution of morality,
for there is one story of it that's often told, and it begins with a problem.
Natural selection favors the best-adapted individual: it's called survival of
fittest. It explains why we feel fear or lust. But how can this 'selfish'
account of natural selection explain moral emotions like altruism that might
lead the individual to abandon their self-interest in favor of others, even to
the point of self-sacrifice?READ ON
Evolution Favoring Religion|
A recent post by Mark Vernon of Religion Dispatches traces some findings of David Sloan Wilson who
is a biologist researching and suggesting that the so-called "selfish
gene" proposed by evolutionary biologists of the past is a fallacy.
Instead, Wilson's research has lead him to posit the idea that we haven't, as
humans, evolved toward the ends and purposes only of the self but rather more
toward the aims and benefit of the groups in which individuals live.
Although I haven't delved very deeply into the findings of Wilson, what he's
suggesting is quite exciting to me. The notion that we are genetically geared
toward doing what's best for the communities in which we work, play, love,
live, etc. just makes sense to me from my own personal experience of the world
but also from the perspective of evolutionary theory.
The Great Story|
By Michael Dowd
For a long time, so-called supernatural (pre-natural) spirituality gave us
the best answers we had. Prior to advances in technology and scientific ways of
testing truth claims, factual answers were, in fact, simply not available. It
was not just difficult to understand infection before microscopes
brought bacteria into focus; it was impossible. It wasn't just difficult to
understand the structure of the Universe before telescopes allowed us to see
galaxies; it was impossible. Similarly, I now suggest that it is
impossible to understand God's nature and how God is
communicating to humanity today if we look only to the Bible and ignore
current, public revelation available through science.
Science, well done, is God teaching us, revealing the workings of the
Universe to us right here and now.
Evolution: The Next Step|
By: Howard Grace
Newbury Progressive Christian Director
As a Christian who is
centred on the spiritual aspect rather than on literal doctrinal
interpretations, I see no conflict between evolution and my faith. In fact a
realisation about how humanity is evolving shows me an inspiring path ahead. I
personally see the evolutionary process as an expression of God. (In saying
this I am not assuming anything about the nature of God which I personally have
come to understand in a mystical sense.) But before considering the moral and
spiritual implications let us consider briefly how this evolutionary process
has developed. There seems to be a large consensus on four distinctive steps.
Thank you for taking this journey with us as
we continue to encourage the growth and understanding of a Christianity
open, inclusive, just, loving and compassionate. As you delve deeper
the heart of this beautiful and authentic spiritual path, we hope you
with those around you, educate those who desire to learn, and most
let it fill you with light and loving kindness.
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