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.:

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

pulchra es amica mea = you are beautiful my beloved
— Song of Solomon
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And so we begin, 
First: 
Even today, many children are still taught the world view which comes from

THE OLD WORLD - THE BRONZE AGE - about 6,000 years ago,
when people believed in gods and goddesses,  angels and demons, magic and miracles
 - like the earliest creaton story: the Sumerian god Marduk battles the leviathan Tiamat

Chaos Monster and Sun God

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but today we live in a NEW WORLD: 
now our world is stars and galaxies - computers, cells and DNA - planes, trains and automobiles.

We behold the stars with new meaning and now we know:

highwayinthesky

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We are the children of the stars 

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       Thus we begin, asking new questions, seeking new answers.
Let's start with some quotes from Einstein:

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

"The most beautiful and most profound experience
is the sensation of the mystical.
It is the sower of all true science."

 

Kind friends, 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. So now:

We need a new worldview.

As we build our new worldview, we will not use the religious jargon of years past. Instead we will use our daily speech of the 21st century, from people like you and me. Surprisingly, we won’t throw everything out. We will rescue some valuables from religion to take with us on our journey. Here we go:

    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? :
             Each 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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ANNOUNCEMENTS:::   __________________________________

2016-08-23: I feel you can use this site now, even though somewhat rough and unfinished. Please give me some feedback at garethharris@mac.com AND please help me write the last page: Seeking and Finding on this site.

Evensong for Atheists: I am going to begin a monthly gathering in Albuquerque for sharing a quiet time at the end of the day. We will share music, literature and ideas. For a starter, see Evensong for Atheists on this site.

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