DEDICATION: This site is dedicated to my grandfather, George Adams 
                - another rural carpenter whose inner strength shone like a light. 

INTRO: Long ago friends asked for my help. Could I not, as a scientist, priest and atheist show them a more satisfactory worldview than society’s bronze age superstitions and doctrines? So I promised them that I would help them build a new worldview of their own. Here is the story I promised.
 -- Along the way, it became:

A love song for a universe that could kill us all in a heartbeat,
yet is filled with astounding beauty.

pulchra es amica mea = you are beautiful my beloved
— Song of Solomon
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We start with a flood of questions, asking:

Where am I? What am I? What’s happening? How did I get here? Where am I going?

Yes, we know - we are the universe exploring itself.  But, 

The old answers don’t work any more. Here we go - 

OUR OLD WORLD:
In the past, people believed in gods and goddesses,  angels and demons, unicorns, dragons and griffins, magic and miracles. Truth be told, they are no more real than the tooth fairy, just superstition
 - like Marduk battling Tiamat to create the world, as shown here :

Chaos Monster and Sun God

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OUR NEW WORLD: 
Today we believe in stars and galaxies, cells and DNA, planes, trains and automobiles and … spaceships ....

highwayinthesky

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Einstein2

       Let's begin with Einstein, who said:

I am a deeply religious non-believer. 
This is a somewhat new kind of religion.
  — Albert Einstein.



Come with me and let’s re-view our new world together. My own personal quest for Einstein's new kind of religion 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. Although I passed through a background of Christianity and even seminary education as an Episcopal priest, I also passed through the world of physics, astronomy and computing — and then sailed on. …  leaving gods and goddesses, angels and demons, elves, fairies and unicorns - far, far behind.

As we build new worldviews, we will not use religious jargon from thousands of years ago, but instead we will use our daily speech of the 21st century, from people like you and me. But we won’t throw everything out. We will find treasures along our way and save them. I call this rescuing our valuables from religion.

5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Launch !!

                    Our destination? :     Far, far beyond religion.

                    The surprise? :          We will find that we need both science and myth to go to the stars. 

                    The lesson? :             E
ach of us makes our own worldview, as unique as our fingerprints.

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Come, my friends,    …   ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

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.

  --  Tennyson

Thus one journeys to the stars.
 — Virgil

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