Like your fingerprint,
your worldview is uniquely your own,
shaped by your life.
Old worldviews from the stone age that were taught to us are now inadequate
in our age of starships and galaxies; DNA and computers.
We need new worldviews
that can not only take us all the way to the stars,
they can even take us … far, far beyond religion.
In the past, we saw gods in the sky:
Mesopotamian sky god throwing lightning at a griffin
In the past: Our ancestors lived in a world of magic and superstition for thousands of years, with angry sky gods riding in sun chariots throwing lightning bolts. They argued about the difference between the substance and essence of gods, goddesses, demigods, angels and demons - not to mention arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. This was the bronze-iron age of thousands of years ago. They knew nothing about electricity, DNA or going to the Moon. Although it seems silly now, some of this worldview remains even today.
Now we see footprints on the Moon:
left: footprint on the moon
right: Voyager on its way to the stars
Today: Our footprints are now on the Moon and our little probe Voyager has escaped the solar system on its way to the stars. We now live in a world of galaxies and stars, electricity, DNA and computers - all unknown a little over a hundred years ago - in the time of our grandparents. Changes are coming - big changes - and even more rapidly than the last century.
We live in a new world.
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. 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.
Here begins a journey of fading gods, of mileposts and shores left behind. The difficult part of our task?:
While liberating ourselves from society’s religions, we also want to rescue our valuables from those religions. Although gods and superstitions have faded, the beauty has not. Our hearts still respond to the songs of the Sufi and Tallis, the folksongs of Middle East and Appalachians, the words of the Vedas, Torah and Quran, the insights of Jesus, Isaiah and Buddha, the poetry of Rumi and Tagore … These thoughts and feelings of our predecessors will actually guide and nourish us on our way to the stars.
Here we go. But as Columbus said:
"You can never cross the ocean . . .
until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
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 took him for granted 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 and superstition. My reply: I don’t have any simple answers - but I can show you my journey - through science and religion - rejecting the gods and rules of society just as Jesus, Buddha, Rumi and many others did - making us all rebels and atheists as far as society was concerned. Here is the story I promised. -- Gareth+
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