pulchra es, amica mea = You are beautiful, my beloved
— Song of Solomon
In the past we saw gods in the sky. Now we see our footprints on the Moon.
Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam -
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Our old world views are now 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?
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. Here we will not use religious jargon from thousands of years ago, but rather our daily speech of the 21st century, from mostly scientific and technical 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.
Here begins 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.”
— Cristoforo Colombo
Come, my friends ...
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
Thus one journeys to the stars — Virgil
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To the Reader: 2016-01-11: Although constantly changing, I feel that this site is now somewhat usuable as a basis for investigation and discussion - our original goal. Feel free to use it as you need.
DEDICATION: This site is dedicated to my grandfather, George Adams
- another rural carpenter whose inner strength shone like a light.
I was unaware of that strength that surrounded me when I was a boy,
but now that seed of inner calm he planted in me continues to grow.
INTRO - Kind Friends: Long ago I made a promise to friends who could not accept the religion they were taught by society. They wanted to know how I, a scientist as well as a priest, dealt with the magic, superstition and obvious corruption. My reply: I have no simple answers - but I can show you my heart's journey - through science and beyond religion - rejecting the gods and rules of society just as Jesus, Buddha, Galileo, Einstein and many others did - making us all disrupters and atheists as far as society is concerned. Here is the story I promised. -- Gareth+
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