Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Living Spiritual Rhythms - January 30

When our faith in God configuration is rigid and brittle, we’re going to be in for problems. As new ideas surface and gain traction, particularly with respect to the natural world informer, an inflexible paradigm will produce fear rather than engagement. Unbending formulations of God, self, other, and world are unsustainable. They will be credibly forced to make a hasty retreat in due honesty, as protecting and deferring play the role of a meta-narrative – a totalizing story that explains everything – which suddenly or gradually collapses and is shown up to be what it always was: an illusion. Christians don’t want to embrace illusions, but a real world that makes sense, on the levels that we can understand it. There are inevitably going to be modifications and revisions that become necessary for living an integrated faith configuration with clout, which offers the capacity to freely explore the reaches of the known and unknown that open possibilities for contact with the Infinite One. Thus, a flexible, more elastic perspective is pertinent for us to adopt, since it’s truer in allowing for variations based on fresh data, albeit within degrees, of what a legitimate faith in God looks like.

A report on the Swiss news last night mentioned that the EPFL – the world renown polytechnic in Lausanne, has received, I believe, a billion Euro for “the brain project” – mapping the brain, etc. will have implications for theism and Christianity, which are going to be fascinating. Stay tuned!


jeannie said...

Greg, Would you give us more thoughts on where you think this brain mapping will take us and what fascinates you about it. Do you have any lectures or articles you can point us to?

Greg said...

Thanks. I think it will take us in the direction of having more information about the wonderful complexity of brain activity. The more we find out about the brain, the more we'll understand about being human. I believe that what we find out will open the door for a theistic view and that the Christian perspective will be enhanced. I would imagine there are some good things that can be found concerning neuroscience study on google.