ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

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riding a “planet going around a nuclear fireball”

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

– Douglas Adams in his speech The Four Ages of Sand

Found this in someone’s signature, in a “Bad Astronomy and Universe” forum, one discussing interstellar travel and the time dilation effect. Great quote.

“[T]he character and message of Jesus are searingly clear and distinctive even taking into account that daunting veil through which we are asked to see.”

I just finished grading one of my class’s summary-and-responses, and am taking a break surfing the net about the Shroud of Turin. I came across this blog– “The Shroud of Turin blog” at shroudofturin.wordpress.com. In one post (for October 22, 2010), the author quotes Andrew Sullivan. He/she doesn’t link to the exact article, but the quotes are from Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog.  Anyway, he/she says these are keepers, and I agree.

. . . There is no single authoritative text, written by one God, word for word true. There is a much more complicated series of writings designed by many men, doubtless under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that help us see some form of the figure Jesus through languages and texts and memories. I think the character and message of Jesus are searingly clear and distinctive even taking into account that daunting veil through which we are asked to see. [emphasis mine]

. . . So we are left in search of this Jesus with a fast-burning candle in a constantly receding cave where we know that at some point, the darkness will envelop us entirely. We will catch Him at times; He will elude us at others. We will have to listen to many words he may have spoken before we can each discern the words he may have meant; we will have to keep our eyes and ears open for science’s revelations about the world, while understanding that science is just one way of understanding the world and that poetry, history, and practical perspectives have things to tell us as well. The cathedral at Chartres; the long story of Christian debate and theology; the rituals and daily practices that help us stay trained to intuit the divine we cannot understand [emphasis mine] and the divine we do not always see in every face around us: these too tell us things that go beyond fact, archeology and hermeneutics.

Yes, this intellectual sifting is hard and troubling to faith; yes, it may end with more mystery than clarity. But if our faith is to be true, it must rest on something more than denial of reality. It must rest on being the greatest experience of reality. [emphasis mine]

Especially love the line: “I think the character and message of Jesus are searingly clear and distinctive even taking into account that daunting veil through which we are asked to see.”

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