bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,
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Our Kenotic Univiverse?


Since i read The Tao of Physics (1975) and The Dancing Wu Li Masters (1979), i have wanted to try to relate my emotional and spiritual understanding of reality to my intellectual understanding of it and i have eagerly awaited updates on the subject of modern science and contemporary religion.  From my point of view, Capra and Zukav were not just the first, they were the best expounders on this connection.  My most recent venture was a very brief glance at Nancey Murphy and George Ellis, On the Moral Nature of the Universe Cosmology, Theology, and Ethics (1996). I cannot say my time was wasted, there were some very valuable phrasing of ideas; but it was a disappointing experience.  The idea of a Kenotic Universe is beautiful and appropriate, but the word kenosis is "owned" by Christians and i could not escape the conclusion that the metaphysic most appropriate to our understanding of the universe would be some form of Christian Theology.

Since modern science was invented in christianized countries, the idea that science and Christianity were compatable (when they were not totally incompatable :( ) has been common.  at least two "scientists" whom i highly respect have insisted that a form of Christianity was most compatable with modern (early 20th century) history and sociology (Max Weber--German Reformed Protestantism) or biology (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin-- Roman Catholicism). But Weber died just as the first fruits of quantum mechanics were being tasted and Teilhard de Chardin was in China doing archeology during the entire time this work was being done in Europe, mostly below the radar of most non-physicists.

I find the idea of a moral universe plausible and possibly necessary.  Further, i consider the ethics teachings of Jesus (as revealed in the hypothetical Original Book of Q) to be the briefest, clearest, most useable statement of a universal ethical and moral life.  I also believe that this statement is essentiallly identical to statements in Taoism, Buddhism, Sufism. animism and every other religious perspective i know of.

As interested as i am in the manifestations of Mystery, i.e. stuff; i am more interested in partaking of the Mystery itself.  Can i best do this as a Christian? Christians say yes.  Buddhists and Taoists tell me i must find the answer to that question for myself and within myself.  Sort of like God, according to Murphy and Ellis    I do believe that Mystery is called mystery for a reason.

A kenotic universe, a universe that is an outpouring of sacrificial love?  Could be.  I hope so. but kenosis cannot be a word owned by a specific religion or theological point of view.
Tags: gnosis and agnosis, sermon on the mount
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