INTRO: Today we live in a society dependent on science and technology where people often have little knowledge of science or technology. Such ignorance leaves us vulnerable to predators such as TV preachers and politicians. Long ago, I promised friends who could not accept the religion they were taught by society that I would provide them some materials for building a new viable worldview.
— Here is the story I promised. — Gareth+
DEDICATION: This site is dedicated to my grandfather, George Adams
- another rural carpenter whose inner strength shone like a light.
I was unaware of this strength when I was a a boy,
but now that seed of inner calm he planted in me continues to grow.
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.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. — Tennyson
Yes, our old world views are obsolete. We need new ones.
As Einstein 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.
THE OLD WORLD:
In the past, people believed in gods, goddesses, angels and demons, dragons and griffins.
Truth be told, they are not real, just superstion - like Marduk battling Tiamat to create the world:
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OR Bosch’s Garden of Delights, Anthony with his demons, or even the beautiful fairy below::
OUR NEW WORLD:
Today we believe in stars and galaxies, cells and DNA, computers and the Internet:
These are very real and part of everyday life: M81, a neighbor galaxy And we all know DNA.
Unix creators - Ritchie and Thompson. World Wide Web creator - Tim Berners-Lee
As we build new worldviews, we will not use religious jargon from thousands of years ago, but instead our daily speech of the 21st century, from people like you and me.
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 has a worldview as unique as our fingerprints.
As we proceed, I am going to trust you, sharing straight from my heart. I only ask, as Yeats says:
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
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Thus one journeys to the stars — Virgil
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