The iron pounding in our blood was forged in the furnace of the stars.  -  It calls us home.

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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

The purpose of this site is to build a bridge,
providing us an escape from religions of the past
to our future among the stars. 

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In the past, Our ancestors lived in a world of kings, emperors and pharoahs, gods and goddesses, angels and demons, griffins and unicorns, fairies and trolls - Sun chariots overhead and lightning bolts - all rigidly embedded in religions which threw up walls to isolate themselves from new thinking and change.

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
 — Isaac Newton

Today we live in a world of galaxies and black holes, DNA and computers - all unknown in the past. Our little monkey brains now struggle to understand nuclear physics and cell phones. We all know:

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Our old world views are inadequate.

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 …


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

Today your cell phone contains greater magic than the miracles of the Bible. 
Our footprints are on the moon and our little probe Voyager has escaped the Solar System …
on its 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

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This site is not a polemic against institutional public religion, but a suggestion that we rescue some valuables from traditional religion and sail on, bypassing endless pointless religious arguments. I am not going to investigate traditional institutional religion here. For the curious, I refer you to survey 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. 


© Gareth Harris 2015       --------        Contact email: garethharris@mac.com        --------         see also: GarethHarris.com