Saturday, July 15, 2017

A BREAKTHROUGH OF REASONING CONSCIOUSNESS - THE MONKEY TRIAL IN TN of 1925....July 15, 2017



This was an amazing event(The Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 ) where natural reason pushed itself up through the prevailing and socially required religious superstitions of the past millennia.

Few things like the discovery that nature has all come down to us by the way of gradual and uncertain evolution- not some immediate creation of things by an exact pre-planned perfect design. This coming to consciousness in a little Tennessee town shook our Western mentality like few events ever have in America. (This story is told in the movie Inherit The Wind.) And even still this world view changing information has not soaked in to a relative large part of the American public. Strong political and religious mentalities still fearfully resent it. It is still resisted by what is called Intelligent Design, another name for Creationism, which is a direct confrontation of the findings and the spirit of serious science.
Evolution's Erratic Path Is Captured In Fossil Record.


If only those who still fear the implications of evolution could realize that evolution does not push one away from any real experience of God but simply opens the door to discovering more the actual nature of God. That God is not the all powerful perfect mind, and perfectly content within itself, being behind everything. But an imperfect evolving mind not yet completed while  still being an all pervading mysterious and  partially guiding  universal reality. A psychological reality continually  affecting us all and now earnestly seeking us humans to participate much more consciously and fully in what it started. We now can come to know that no long term epoch changing good can come to the world unless a respectful mutuality between God and Human begins to happen far more concretely than it ever has in the past.

So in ways far beyond the reasoned and rational even a little Tennessee town cannot resist the pressure of unconscious forces(that surely must come from the inner activity of a living and changing God) which nudge us all to let our idea of God change and evolve. Tiny Dayton, TN finds itself building a monument, like the ancients naturally did for their new gods, to push us all in the direction of a new epoch of Sacred -Human compassionate consciousness. This is a very hopeful sign that God's evolution continues to operate within us and seek our conscious awareness and participation.




A test of Bible Belt tolerance: Can the town of the Scopes “monkey trial” stomach a new statue of the famed agnostic lawyer Clarence Darrow?
nytimes.com





Thursday, July 13, 2017

A NEWLY EVOLVING VIEW OF OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE...July 13, 2017

Carl Jung, child of a long line of protestant pastors, in 'Psychology and Western Religion' answers questions which I'm sure are  what my educated thoughtful Christian friends would put to me. His answers are very sane, logical and reasonable for he takes seriously that the Bible stories are speaking symbolic truths which are true at a deeper level than if we, as most still do, take these stories as primarily physical happenings. I often wish that more persons in my circles could find a way to consider the view point which such new assumptions offer. Many traditional questions are answered on this path and we are not called on to surrender other important kinds of knowledge that humans have gained, for example the general theory of scientific evolution and other sound scientific principles? Much of my life experience as preacher, science teacher, human development counselor and Hospice chaplain has been a search for how solid science and the religious stories I was taught can be harmonized for a more whole world view. Careful consideration of  these ideas and what follows express where I have found a significantly more authentic harmony.

Adam and Eve Harnessing The Living Serpent(A modern dream)
A great hurdle for 'believers', and ones who feel they must reject the idea of God, is to let loose of God being  imaged as an all powerful being that is absolutely good and perfect, and thus bearing no responsibility as a source of some of the suffering and sin in the world? Anything that brings suffering , chaos and harm to humans it is generally insisted is humanity's fault alone. If we would just get our act together all would be well we are told. God has nothing to change within itself unless we become blasphemers. And equally challenging from our orthodox views is   to embrace the concept, quite common in the Biblical narrative, of God needing the human; not simply because God is lonely but because God does not fully know itself, the same problem we humans, made in 'God's image' have in not fully knowing our deeper selves.
Only human consciousness, which must have- to God's incomparable  unfathomable credit- been  the original  dream and barely conscious hope  of God which has come true, can give God what God  needs within itself  to move the universe to a fuller more compassionate consciousness. And thus toward a truly better world that we claim to desire.
Moses Pleads With God To Be Compassionate
Every human, perhaps some more than others, can do his/her share in giving God this necessary gift. This involves the personal  sacrificial(for it involves a psychological/spiritual suffering which most of us never planned to acquire) gift of  our evolved coconsciousness. A consciousness,  which at least at some essential  moments,  is  more moral and compassionate than God's alone. Nothing else in nature can supply this for it is the human alone where such consciousness has evolved and we can assume  potentially  can continue to evolve. This is the gift  which the human ego consciousness has captured through thoughtful living and  suffering. And this is the human's needed gift to God  who obviously   remains forever ineffable and far 'more' than the human ego can ever comprehend. As God receives this gift the resulting  increased consciousness of God ( For no consciousness can develop without comparing itself to a consciousnesses outside itself.  So God needs the human. It is only our human bias and psychological need for God to be perfect, similarly as a developing child must think of its parents as perfect, that keeps us from realizing this is as true of God as of us.) can finally transform the world toward a much expanded 
Gospel speaks of Jesus and Serpent having something in common
peace,  love and truth. 


This approach finally begins to answer the question that humans have asked for millennia even on the best day, “Something seems wrong in the world.” And instead of blaming the human for it all(which is overwhelmingly not true or fair) a new understanding  can reach  us: God's and Human's  presently still evolving consciousness mutually share in the problem and solution. The problem, natural to both God and human, is about our not having yet arrived (No unbearable shame  in this for all is still evolving. There was not a time in the past when everything  or anyone was only good, ever.) at a strong enough ethical consciousness so that love  more truly has its way in God, nature and humans.
Abraham counseled God  to show compassion to Sodom.

A Slaughtering Tsunami Rightly Called An 'Act of God'?
We, I think, should consider that it likely raises the dignity and responsibility  of humans exponentially to know they are needed by God for his/her consciousness raising capacity (Surely granted,  is only there  by God's dreamlike foreknowledge, and only now made more conscious in both God and human.) than to only be loved by God. And similarly it is a greater compliment to be able to say to a friend or lover, " You have made me more conscious, aware of the fuller meanings of life. " than even to say, " l love you."  For the greatest most mature  loves in this world   are necessarily the product of  increased consciousness, whether that be God's or a Human Being's.