ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

Category Archives: Holy Spirit

“We Are All Connected” and “the stars are other suns” (music video)

We’re all connected – to each other, biologically; to the earth, chemically; to the rest of the universe, atomically.

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
But the way those atoms are put together
The cosmos is also within us
We’re made of star stuff
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns
We’ve travelled this way before, and there is much to be learned

Jill Bolte Taylor: “the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres”

Around 16:00. “And I pictured a world with beautiful peaceful compassionate loving people who knew that they could come to this space at any time and that they could purposefully chose to step to the right of their left hemispheres and find this peace.”

16:51. So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to chose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here, right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are, I am, the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the fifty trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form, at one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere where I become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you. I am Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, intellectual, neuroanatomist. THESE are the we inside of me. Which would you choose? Which DO you choose? And when?

I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuity of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.”

— reminds me of Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief and, of course, A Course in Miracles.

“body, soul, mind and spirit are alike material, made up of the same created energy and matter as everything else”

from a Christian Century review of Joel Green’s  Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible (Baker, 2009)

As Green engages key questions at the intersection of the Bible and biology—What does it mean to be human? Whatever happened to free will? What does it mean to be saved? Is there life after death?—Green demonstrates that biblical teaching is not what tradition has taught us. Whether addressing the image of God, sin and human freedom, the nature of salvation in Christ or the resurrection of the body, Green argues on exegetical grounds that the correct biblical view is monism—that a human is a complex living unity, and that body, soul, mind and spirit are alike material, made up of the same created energy and matter as everything else. The resurrection of the body is thus a miracle of God, not a natural event in which the immortal soul separates off from the body at death.

Reminds me of the Gladdens’ description of the Holy Spirit, of God the Creator, as “biocosmic energy.”

Here’s the amazon link, which includes a Nancey Murphy review.

“If you think nothing new ever happens in theology or biblical studies, you need to read this book, an essay in ‘neuro-hermeneutics.’ Green shows not only that a physicalist (as opposed to a dualist) anthropology is consistent with biblical teaching but also that contemporary neuroscience sheds light on significant hermeneutical and theological questions.”–Nancey Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary

Which reminds to also read Nancey Murphy’s book, Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (Current Issues in Theology) (Cambridge 2006)

from Amazon’s product description:

The reader is invited to appreciate the ways in which organisms are more than the sum of their parts. That higher human capacities such as morality, free will, and religious awareness emerge from our neurobiological complexity and develop through our relation to others, to our cultural inheritance, and, most importantly, to God. Murphy addresses the questions of human uniqueness, religious experience, and personal identity before and after bodily resurrection.

These kinds of arguments excite me because my view of the Bible already agrees with them. But I also think how sad and frustrating it is 2000 years of Christian tradition have ingrained a significantly different view. And it also helps explain one reason I’ve had trouble imagining being a pastor — how can I go around telling people I think most Christian tradition is wrong on this most-important issue? And how can I offer much consolation when the grieving church member wants to know their loved one is “with the Lord in heaven” right now.

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