Cosmology and Creation: The Spiritual Significance of by Paul Brockelman

By Paul Brockelman

The massive Bang is a fable, says Paul Brockelman during this examine the non secular facet of recent cosmology. however it is a fable within the top experience - an absolutely discovered production tale, one who, for all its clinical origins, has the facility to remodel us spiritually. In Cosmology and production, thinker and spiritual student Brockelman seeks to bridge the space among the clinical and the non secular, to compile (as he places it) the top and the center.

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Thus our scientific and technological modern culture appears to be nihilistically adrift in a purposeless universe while our religion seems to be a collection of ad hoc claims based on no evidence at all or simply dogmatically asserted to be revealed by God. As many feminists have observed, however, human nature contains the need for both science and religion, the head and the heart—real understanding that can provide some control and security in a not always hospitable nature as well as a certain reverence and appreciation for life, the male side of life if you will, as well as the female.

Our moral stance and behavior, of course, reflect this attitude insofar as they seem rooted in egocentrism if not outright narcissism. As Buddhists would say, we become attached to ourselves as if, somehow, a particular "me" is infinite, eternal, and what ultimately counts in life. All spiritual traditions involve disciplines and tactics to awaken us to a wider reality beyond ourselves. Often that wider I This Side of Paradise 19 reality is the community of others, a love and caring and compassion for fellow human beings, whether on the personal, community, national or even species level.

There is nothing (with the possible exception of being itself) that isn't a context which both includes subcontexts and is part of larger contexts, and so on without limit. There is, then, no complete rational understanding—no God'seye point of view which encompasses everything. There are limits to reason where we encounter mystery, not in the form of a gap to be filled, but as the ineluctable mysteriousness of the whole thing. Adding to this limitation on the reach of our reason is the fundamental shift in the hitherto predominant reductive model of science mentioned earlier.

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