When I say I am spiritual but not religious, I usually mean that I recognizethat I am part of a grand Totality, part of a cosmos which, in encompassing allthat is, is infinitely creative and transcendent; and yet, is also a cosmos ofwhich I am a necessary, inextricable part, even though I am mortal, and thus itis also a cosmos that is finite, ephemeral, and mysterious--this is my spiritualnature. What I mean by not being religious is that I no longer subscribe to theformal orthodox beliefs of organized religions, with all their rites and ritualsemanating from mythic conceptions of the universe. In the age of Einstein andDarwin I have no need of the God hypothesis as an explanation for the nature ofbeing. Humans are the symbol using animal, and "God" as a cognitive symbol(concept) for the Creation, and its implied, though invisible Creator,originating in the ignorance of our ancestors, is a useless and irrelevantlegacy beside our evolving scientific understanding. But residing within mybeing, and resonating AS my being, there is a need for synergy, fusion, one-nesswith, as Native Americans might put it, "all my relations." Spirituality isabout relationship--to the sky, the earth, the flora and fauna that surround me,the visible and invisible presence of animate and inanimate forces, too numerousto name, too powerful to ignore. And a framing of the moral temper of mybeing's relations to all of that. I have found that while religion may aid inacknowledging the awesome sacredness of Being, it cannot and does not explainit, nor is helpful, ultimately, in living sacredly. (By living sacredly I meanliving in the full awareness of the preciousness of life, one's own and that ofthe creatures and plants we devour.) Religions' mythic symbolism keeps gettingin the way. One can discover and live a life of sacredness without religion. Ido so. This is what I understand Mr. Wright to be suggesting in his basicthesis about the Evolution of God. The "Evolution of God" is really theevolution of humanity towards a more perfect moral order--with or without theGod hypothesis.
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