Monday, August 23, 2021

Reflection for the Week - August 23

Belief is a dynamic agent in evolutionary predictive processing. For primates like us belief is a given – part of who we are and what we do. Belief is real, but not immediately material. It exists first in a niche of the neurological, biological, perceptual, imaginative, and cultural innovations and sedimentations that stream from, in, and through being a believing primate. In turn, it then plays a significant role in downloading actions into the world. But, belief, as we see clearly from our evolutionary history, will sometimes be useful and productive and other times terrible and damaging. Thus, while belief is not an option, believing in and acting on what is beneficial and industrious is crucial for the present and future of the planet and the human race.

 

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - August 19

Finding shelter from the vacuous and inconsequential is getting harder and harder to do. The rhythm of the ‘trite’ leaves us exposed to a devaluing of heart, mind, and imagination. Rapid-fire rhetoric connected to an entertainment based church and culture infiltrates our capacity to think. In contrast to this prevailing and woeful meltdown, there is the possibility of a critical adventure. While it’s true that criticism is never an end in and of itself, it is an essential component to chasten naïveté and to promote the virtuous life. Engage, evaluate, embrace―the Infinite One, other, and world. Enter the spooky haven of relationality (the essence of being relational); the space to dwell in oneself as another.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

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In the light of the rising power of science to explain the world, rethinking our interpretations of Genesis 1-3 is a crucial enterprise today. If you’re interested in this topic check out our book From Evolution to Eden. Amazon is unloading these at 61% off – now only $3.49.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - August 5

Primates like us are imaginative meaning makers and story tellers. I’d wager this is part of our complicated, yet fabulous niche. We want to explain things and understand ourselves, God, and the world. Scrambling for answers to significant questions is a complex multi-faceted event and leads us into an imaginative spark where we make meaning and recount stories. In this sense, we tend to make a lot up and to tell some pretty remarkable tales in the quest to discover what’s true

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Reflection for the Week - July 26

Evolutionary ethics properly argues that there are biological reasons for ethical developments and orientations in humans. Thus, moral sensitivity appears to be a biological phenomenon, yet this alone does not explain particular or well defined moral codes and configurations that have arisen in the human niche, nor does it help us draw conclusions about right and wrong. So, there’s more. We’re also heavily embedded in and dependent on context, culture, texts, and tradition, and through these become interpreters of ourselves. These informers, which offer some direction, are nevertheless so diverse and porous that we’re left having to continually work out how to live with others in a shared world.   

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - July 22

C. S. Lewis, like Paul Ricoeur, views imagination through its capacity to understand the depths of reality, and to facilitate a mode of being in the world that is also directed beyond it. Imagination is not the organ of truth, but its condition; it touches on the basic and profound questions of "who am I", and "what is real?"

 

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Reflection for the Week - July 19

Since we’re at a “defining moment” in the history of Christianity, I’d wager it’s time for a re-examination of who God is and what God does. Tread carefully, but tread we must. The biblical writers give an Ancient Near Eastern or Greco-Roman picture of God, and their limited understanding of the natural world had a significant influence on their theologies. We are better informed today about nature, notably evolution, and this can’t help but cause us to re-view the theologies of those who precede us. Some of these may be worth holding on to, yet others will have to be let go of. The days where the Christian faith attempted to stand on the biblical text alone for its theology are over. It’s now just a matter of how long it will take for Christians to accept this, consult multiple informers, and refigure what they believe about God and the world.  

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - July 15

 Science is fallible and sometimes gets it wrong. Granted. Some theologians use this as a foil to discount science all together, whenever it goes against their theology. “Oh yes” they quip, “science is often having to revise its findings, frequently changing its views, and therefore it’s untrustworthy.” But this is absurd. There is no reason to entirely discount the stable findings of science, many of which are not going to change. Furthermore, science is frequently self-correcting and capable of offering new and better understandings for where it was in error. Thus, theologians should stop making excuses for not accepting valuable scientific data concerning human evolution and the cosmos, and recognize its potential significance for and justified challenge of some of their theological interpretations regarding who God is and what God does.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Living Spiritual Rhythms - July 14

When reading about the world, Judaism, and resurrection in the biblical text, we must proceed with due caution. These topics cannot all be simply put in the same context because they are thought to be “Revelation,” but they have to be taken on an informational basis that is relevant to each particular subject. Genesis 1, for example, is not the same as Genesis 2-3. Exodus is different than Psalms. Isaiah is not like Proverbs. John is narrative, and Romans a letter. While this diversity of genres is accepted by most, there’s still some work to do in configuring how each of the subjects connects to the “world-views” of the times. Doing so will be one of things that might help us discern just how much of the biblical writings are to be directly applied to our own contexts, which remains an open and explosive hermeneutical question today.

 

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