Evolutionary Religion

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A tradition has arisen in many progressive congregations of having a worship service near Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12) with an annual focus on the ways that evolution impacts, influences, and informs the practice of religion in the twenty-first century. A related tradition around Darwin’s birthday is an annual surge in “Religion versus Science” stories across all forms of media. For the most part, these “Religion versus Science” debates produce more heat than light.The most promine … [Read more...]

Sermon Series Retrospective: Matthew Fox’s “Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality”

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For Advent, I preached through the four parts of Matthew Fox's landmark book Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions. The following are the sermon titles and a brief summary:Embracing Christianity and Evolution: Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, and Creation Spirituality (Advent 1) What would Christianity look like if the focus were Original Blessing, not Original Sin; Creation Spirituality, not the Fall/Redemption sto … [Read more...]

The Gospel According to Process-Relational Theology

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual Emergent Village Theological Conversation. Emergent Village seeks to embody and practice what they call “generative friendship,” which includes a commitment to maintaining relationships over time despite a diversity of theological beliefs and practices. The name “emergent” itself alludes at least in part to an openness to new ways of talking about God, new ways of doing church, and new ways of being Christian that are emerging today in exciting … [Read more...]

Theology in a 13.7 Billion-Year-Old Universe: Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, and Creation Spirituality

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What would Christianity look like if the focus were Original Blessing, not Original Sin; Creation Spirituality, not the Fall/Redemption story; and social justice, not individual perfectionism? How do we do theology in the twenty-first century that accounts for scientific insights in general and the 13.7 billion-year-old "Universe Story" in particular?There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Inte … [Read more...]

Celebrating Evolution Sunday

Happy Evolution Sunday! Or "Happy Evolution Weekend," as the event is coming to be known. For the past five years, an increasing number of individuals, churches, and faith communities have recognized the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin's birthday (February 12) as an annual opportunity to reflect on what religion has to learn from science, in particular how Christianity can embrace the insights of evolution.In recent months, perhaps the most exciting dialogue between Christianity and … [Read more...]

Trillions of Stars and ‘Stardust Becoming Aware of Itself’

As I scanned my Facebook  news feed this morning, my attention was drawn to an article posted by a friend titled, "Astronomers Find Triple the Number of Stars Hiding in the Universe." Then I saw an expanded version of the same story on NPR, "'Trillions Of Earths' Could Be Orbiting 300 Sextillion Stars."I was reminded immediately of one of my favorite quotes from Michael Dowd's book Thank God for Evolution: "We are stardust now evolved to the place that the stardust can think about … [Read more...]


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