I wrote this meditation for The Lasting Supper, and it’s been stuck in my craw ever since. So I felt I should share it with you.
While I was walking my dog this morning in the warm sunlit air along the river I was thinking about how what I call the z-theory is basically trinitarian in structure. I’m trying to articulate this theory because it helps me understand why I can be a Christian and an Atheist at the same time. I get an email or message or tweet at least daily from someone urging me to make a decision and come out as a real Christian or a real Atheist. I don’t feel the need. Let me try to write it out as simply as possible.
As a Christian, I could impute supernatural meaning to it:
- There is the Mystery (That which we call “God”).
- There is the Revelation of the Mystery (Jesus).
- There is the Assimilation of the Revelation of the Mystery into the human collective (Spirit).
As an Atheist, I could completely strip this theory of the supernatural:
- The Unknown.
- Our Discovery of the Unknown.
- The Assimilation of our Discovery of the Unknown into the human collective.
These two are no different to me. I feel no anxiety about it, nor intend to.