In Darkness and Light,
Our Consciousness, Our Lives,
Shine on, Live on
A New Light,
A New Voice,
Shining and Singing,
A Presence Filling
The Great Polyphony
Of Voices, of Lives,
That has illumined our Comings.
And so may we
Illumine the Comings of Others.
ENLIGHTENMENT in Context
Generally speaking, “enlightenment” is the wisdom-consciousness of self-reflectivity. As conscious reflection is open to enlargement (evolution), so is enlightenment. The rational process of intellectual enlargement (evolution) accomplishes growth in consciousness by means of thinking (analysis and synthesis), dialog (communication), and social experience (interaction).
For purposes here, Enlightenment refers specifically to a cultural period in European history, characterized by the accelerated public awakening of reason and science, and by the challenges reason and science present to imperial church (Roman Catholic) which imposed a theology of dominion, i.e., dependency on priestly, hierarchical supremacy and general disregard toward the natural wisdom process of evolving consciousness.
The cultural conflict between faith and reason, between belief and science, ultimately led to the Thirty Years Wars of Religions (1618-1648). The aggravated hostility between religion (faith) and Enlightenment (reason) is still an unresolved matter of deep and unresolved difference.
Today’s faith/ reason conflict is generally reduced to polarized positions of “belief in God” (theism) and “non-belief in God” (atheism); on the terms of theism and atheism the ideological wars of faith and reason are yet fought.
“Second” Enlightenment seeks a middle ground by which atheism and theism can come to terms on the common cause of developing the symbiotic rationality of evolving consciousness. In the common purposes of human wellbeing, a sense of symbiotic altruism can be accommodated in which the religion of “Godlikeness” and the enlightenment of wisdom consciousness can come together for purposes of mitigating frictions and advancing commonsense moral understandings of personal/ social wellbeing.
Together, Albert Einstein and Teilhard de Chardin provide a physics and metaphysics of reconciled human relationship. What distinguishes “Second” Enlightenment from “First” is its accommodation of a “metaphysics” that reconciles the “spirituality” of consciousness with the quantum physics of General and Special Relativity.
Because Einstein and Chardin are contemporary, groundbreaking luminaries of scientific and religious evolution, it is quite proper to associate them with the beginning of the Era of 20th Century Postmodernity and with the leap of accommodated consciousness beyond Modern Era violence driven by a culture of mutual intolerance by Religion and Enlightenment.
The science of quantum relativity (Einstein) and the theology of evolution (Chardin) mutually inform all human relationships, and together converge on sensible understandings by which people can live together, peaceably and sustainably.
Religion and science can find accommodation in the joined sense and sensibility of joined Faith/ Evolution consciousness, the subject matter and purpose of the Evolution Syllabus.
The Cosmic Principle of Universal Correlation
In this time of ecozoic (ecological/zoological) crisis, no one is exempt from the obligation of conscience and from considering how one’s personal living impacts for better and for worse on others and on nature.
It is well for us to ask ourselves the all-important question:
“What is the connection of practical living and Cosmic Intelligence?”
It is the quantum-informed insight of universal relationship that practical reality supposes functional reality in all aspects of the cosmic, quantum continuum, and that “practical living” is also a process of cosmic rationality, the determining consciousness of intelligent living.
With the same level of confidence we can say that
“faith supposes reason” even as “religion supposes civility”.
Confidence is the basis of intelligence even as intelligence is the basis of confidence. Except for reason (intelligence) there is no confidence (faith) and except for faith, there is no intelligence.
If we believe in the “essential continuity/ unity” of cosmic evolution, we cannot reasonably avoid assenting to the essential correlations of energy/ matter, of spirit/ substance, of spirituality/ secularity, what is to say, that we must acknowledge the evolution and diversification of the identity-correlations of function (energy) and form (matter).
In the evolving cosmic continuum, the universal and reciprocal relationships of energy/ matter obtain and apply everywhere. In every aspect of Earth-cosmic substance, the identity-correlation of energy/ matter evolves.
Reciprocal interrelationships obtain in such a way that cosmic energy is nominator and denominator of matter even as matter is nominator and denominator of energy, that is to say that “function” is nominator and denominator of “form” as form is nominator and denominator of function.
By the proportioning correlations of nominator and denominator, reciprocal processing occurs psychically and physically in life’s evolution.
In the SUBSTANTIATION of COSMIC ENERGY, the correlation of energy/ matter is identity, that is, “form” supposes “function” even as function supposes form, as materiality supposes “spirituality” (consciously qualified energy).
Based on this “Cosmological Principle” of evolution it can be concluded that “physics” (physical form, matter) suppose “metaphysics” (psychical function, spirituality, intentional consciousness) even as metaphysics suppose physics — and that the two are identified as correlated aspects in the continuing relationships of the evolving cosmos.
SYLLABUS RESOURCES for Adult Faith / Evolution Study
Adult Faith Studies, Part One: Year One
Evolution 101: Cultural Orientation:
The Unity of Consciousness and Faith/ Evolution
“The Global THINKING Community”
“2000, A SUMMARY PREVISION toward Global Revitalization”
Adult Faith Studies, Part Two: Year Two
Evolution 202: Programmatic History:
The Quantum World and
The Second Enlightenment Trilogy
PRIMARY SCRIPTURE, Cosmic Religion’s First Lessons;
QUANTUM RELIGION, the Good News of Rising Consciousness; and
RELIGION & CIVILITY, the Primacy of Conscience
Adult Faith Studies, Part Three: Year Three
Evolution 303: Plateaus of Consciousness:
Insights of Quantum Consciousness and
The Conscious Light Trilogy
The POSSIBLE JOURNEY, Uncompromised Trust;
WHAT SELF-DONATION IS, Kenosis, Eucharist and Green Religion; and
GREEN RELIGION, Inside the Cultural Spectrum
Adult Faith Studies, Part Four: Year Four
Evolution 404: Intension/ Intention and Secular/ Spiritual Harmony:
Cosmic Poetics and
The Poetree Trilogies
I. NOVOGENESIS: Faith-based Communication;
II. METAGENESIS: Hope-based Consciousness;
III. THEOGENESIS: Love-based Conscience
IV. HOUSE of BREAD: “RIGHT as GRAIN”
Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice
I. September Bulletin (2008)
Grassroots Coalition Bulletin #18
Grassroots Coalition Time for Action Warning
REASON—the Natural Supposition of Faith, of Grace
The Sacrament of God Present
The Evolution of Symbiosis
Theology for the Times
Trimorphic Resonance: Method of Evolution, Intelligent Design & Conflict Resolution
Future Church of Reconciliation
The Metamorphosis of the People Church
Enlightenment and Second Coming
Grassroots Coalition: A Parallel Business Model
The COSMIC CHRIST and Evolving Theology
The Fradulent Prerogation of Male Primacy
The Issue, Life As We Know It
Third Millennium Adult Faith / Evolution Study
How Faith and Reason Evolve Together
The Big Picture, God, Nature, Church and Self
Preaching Jesus, Sic et Non, and Reading Scriptures in Context
Channelling Peace: Why Evolution Matters to Faith
DIVINE INSTANCE, Creation from Within
Peace on Earth Teaching Schools
Wars, and Other Insanity
Mutuality, Complementarity, Subsidiarity
Evolution's Storyline, a Conversation
Abortion Anxiety and Evolution
The Bridge to Common Ground
What is Enlightened Theism?
Teilhard de Chardin and Vatican II
Called to be More
Intentional Symbiosis and Life's Consistent Ethic
DIVINE INSTANCE: Purpose, Symbiosis, Eucharist
Christian Complicity in Colonialism, Globalism
Simple? Yes; Simplistic? No
INTENTIONAL SYMBIOSIS: The Alternative to Violence
Symbiosis: The Grammar of Evolution
WORD/LIGHT/LOVE: The DNA of Intentional Symbiosis
ANALOGIC CONSCIOUSNESS--the Teacher of Religion
Ecologic, Economic Reciprocity
SACRAMENT, as Ecological Self-Reflection
The Matter We Love to Hate, Hate to Love
1984 Cereal Chemistry Seminar
SINGULARITY and Heavy Metal Grinders
God's PLAN, the Evolution of Symbiosis
Heavy Metal Harmony
The Quantum Electric Universe
In Plain English, Symbiosis and Intentional Faith Life
Free Market Capitalism and Original Sin
DNA, Life's Sacred Canon
Godspell Grammar, Godspeak Scripture
The Tyranny of Religions
The Mother Tree
The Rhetoric of Idolatry and Self Electionism
Witchcraft, Martin Luther and Renaissance Popes
COSMIC POESIS and Organic Sacrament
The Inseparability of Religion and Politics
Wasting Propane, Wasting Grain, Wasting Nature
SOUL/SUBSTANCE, One, Consciously Evolving, Reality
The Human Distinction
SOCIAL HAVOC and the Adversary Presumption
Gaming Nature; Gaming the People; Gaming the Law; Gaming God
Economic/Ecologic Reciprocity in the Commons
The Synergy of the Commons
Selling, Buying Heaven
The Live and Unwell Papal Schism
Weathering the Weather
Virtual/Virtuous: The Commonsense of the Sacred/Secular
Joseph's Dream: Global Awakening in Real Time
God and the Cosmos
On Being Both, Subject & Object
What Kind of Father Have I Been?
The Conspiracy of Arrogance and Ignorance
Enlightened Evolution, Trimorphic Resonance, The Plan
Eucharist, the Free Market Economy of Godlikeness
The Continuity of Spirituality/Secularity
The Hermeneutics of Continuity
Sexually Deviant Clericalism
Religion Supposes Science
Masters of Destiny
Easter Sunday 2010 Cultural Updating
The Divine Feminine and Original Sin Revisited
Secular Humanism and Eucharistic Humanism
Eden's Apple Bearing POETREE
The Riddle of the Sphinx
Eucharistic Nature, Nightmarish History
Sycophants or Moral Agents
Faith Without Reason Stultifies
The Deep Nature of Sex
Nature's Covenant-Divine Covenant
My "Crisis-of-Conscience" Confession
God and Evolution
FAITH and REASON TOGETHER
FAITH and REASON TOGETHER PART II
FAITH and REASON TOGETHER PART III
FAITH and REASON TOGETHER PART IV
Faith/Reason Accountability - the Way forward
Analysis and Synthesis of the Global Conundrum
Instinct, Intuition, Intelligence and Accountability
Ecumenical Christianity, THE PEOPLE CHURCH
Evangelization in Context
Adult Faith Study II, Christogenesis, Second Coming
Adult Faith Study III, Symbiotic Wisdom, The Covenant of Trust
The Divine Architecture of Evolution
NOVOGENESIS: Acentric Cosmology
METAGENESIS: Acentric Philosophy
THEOGENESIS: Acentric Theology
MORAL IMAGINATION, The Faculty of Pretend
Following Through With Vatican Two
OPEN LETTER: That All May Be One
GOD IS GREEN
Small Group Faith Sharing
ORGANIC LIFE, ORGANIC RELIGION
TRIMORPHIC RESONANCE, Godlikeness at Work
Eucharist and the Grain that Light made
RELIGION & CIVILITY the Primacy of Conscience
WORD LIGHT LOVE: The Theology of Second Comings
EPIGENETICS: The New Metaphysics
EUCHARISTIC ECUMENISM: Right as Grain
EUCHARISTIC WORLDVIEW: Primary Sacrament
The Anti Monopoly Board Game
ALL ABOARD FAITH STUDY GAME
Eco-Theologies of Thomas Berry and John Zizioulas