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

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“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

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”   --  Isaac Newton


Our ancestors lived in a world of gods and demons, magic and superstition. Although some still try to cling to that past from thousands of years ago, it is gone - dragons & unicorns, elves & fairies, angels & demons, gods & goddesses - all gone.


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Today our world is stars & galaxies; DNA & computers. Our footprints are on the moon and our little probe Voyager is on its way to the stars. Now our science is far beyond any magic from the past. 


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.

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.

  --  Tennyson


The stars have been waiting for us,    for billions of years. 

Tell the stars we are coming.


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I am not going to investigate traditional institutional religion here but instead refer you to excellent 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. 

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