Posted by: Dr Churchill | February 21, 2014

Genesis

In this post we will discuss what a “good life”  is:

This time we will consider the moral philosophy advanced by the Stoics, the Epicureans, and the Christians. Although Stoicism is thought to be close to Christianity and the opposite of Epicureanism, we will see that the philosophers gathered in the Stoa, and those gathered in the Garden, or on the Mount, had many things in common.

One of those joint aspects was the relevance they assigned to philosophy and the moral code, or the Law, in the pursuit of a happy life. And to have a good life they wanted to understand and make sense f this world…

Both groups of philosophers and their later descendants, the Christian adepts & practitioners — assumed that we need an adequate and rational conception of the beginning and of our roots, or of our universe and of our psychology in order to free ourselves from wandering minds and the resultant emotions that make us unhappy.

Another thing that both the philosophical schools and the Christians had in common was the role they gave to prudence and in general to virtue as a way to a happy existence — through understanding and emoting the world all around us…

And at the heart of the discussion for this understanding rests the story of how we came about to be here: Creation or whatever else science and empiricism brings to our view as the beginning of our roots…

The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.

Figuring out and understanding the Truth behind our popular knowledge is exactly such a pursuit.

Genesis is a much maligned word…

And the Genesis book is probably the most misunderstood book out there that was ever written.

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way because things are quite simple.

Let’s just pay attention here:

The point of the Genesis account, is not to ‘explain’ creation, but rather to display in beautiful mythopoetic language the relationship between humanity, the planet, the whole of creation/universe, and the Divine, or God.

And that relationship is one of mutual and unqualified love. 

God’s love of his/her creation, including but not limited to human beings, and the call to each of us to show our love of God by loving and caring for one another and all of creation in return.

Simple.

‘Explaining’ the physics and chemistry and biology of creation is the purview of the sciences, and their explanation and questioning is not at all in conflict with the awe-inspiring mythic imagery shared by the author of the book of Genesis.

The sciences should be taught in school.

The Genesis theology should be shared in churches and synagogues.

That pretty much covers it.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Methinks — Life is what You make of it…


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