by TiinaTormanen - click for a larger image in a separate window
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
“A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge.” -- Carl Sagan
I am a deeply religious non-believer. This is a somewhat new kind of religion. — Albert Einstein.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges. — Isaac Newton
The purpose of this site is to build a bridge from our past to our future.
In the past, Our ancestors lived in a world of gods and goddesses, angels and demons - all rigidly embedded in society’s institutional religions.
Today we live in a world of planets and galaxies, DNA and computers - all unknown in the past. Our little monkey brains struggle to understand quantum mechanics and neural networks.
We need new guides,
not fading gods and childish thinking.
We need bridges, not walls.
We need a new path ..
that can take us far, far beyond religion
all the way to the stars …
Today your cell phone contains greater magic than the miracles of the Bible.
Our footprints are on the moon and our little probe Voyager has escaped the Solar System …
on its way to the stars …
Come with me and let’s re-view our new world together. My own personal quest for Einstein's new kind of religion has led me beyond science, religion and society. I’ll try to share where I’ve been in hopes it will help you on your way. As children say when playing doctor: “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” Of course they are talking about their private parts, but then our heart is our most private part, isn’t it?
Here our appeal will not be to authorities of the past, magic or the supernatural, but to what nature herself has to show us. While we will rescue some valuables from the religious thinkers of our past, this is a journey of fading gods, of mileposts and shores left behind. As Columbus said:
"You can never cross the ocean . . .
until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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I am not going to investigate traditional institutional religion here but instead refer you to survey type books, such as Karen Armstrong's "History of God”, Huston Smith’s "The Worlds Religions" and I especially recommend everything by Joseph Campbell, such as “The Power of Myth", etc.