Creation, Science and Christianity...

Sep 27, 2017 by

There is a way of looking at God’s Creation which is consistent with both modern science and Christianity. I used to be a science teacher. At school, I was always wanting to know how things worked, so I studied the sciences, especially physics, because it asks just that question – how does it all work? And later, as I was teaching science, I became interested in Spirituality, and I wanted to know the answers to the same question – how does it all work? I have found over the years, that a lot of the standard theological answers just don’t cut it for me, or don’t hang together properly with the world as we know it now, and interestingly, I have turned back to science for some deeper thoughts. The book of Genesis gives...

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Darwin and Creation

Aug 22, 2017 by

In 1859, aged 50 yrs, Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking book ‘Origin of the Species’. It’s central theory of natural selection caused a shock wave in the religious establishment at the time, especially those who took the biblical accounts of creation literally – they believed that the Genesis accounts describe exactly how the universe and human beings were created. In fact, in the 17th century Archbishop Ussher somehow calculated the exact time when God finally finished creation – 9am on Friday 23 October, 4004 BC. Most Christians regard these accounts as more like parables or symbolic accounts that tell (in story form) the profound truth that God brought the universe and all that is in it into being, and sustains his creation. That God holds everything in being, gives everything ‘beingness’, and we can...

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New Humanity

Jul 26, 2015 by

Don’t you wonder when this world will ever live in peace? Since the turn of the century, there have been wars in at least a dozen countries, from Africa to the middle east to the far east. When will it ever end? Or will it? Is it simply mankind’s nature to be antagonistic and create disagreement? Is the desire for power and control inescapable? If you look at the life of Jesus, the answer would be no, it’s not inescapable, because the desire for power and control comes from humanities lower egoic nature, and Jesus rose above that, he transcended it. Jesus gave up the need for power and control and surrendered himself to the situation. Jesus’ path was one of ‘kenosis’, or ‘self-emptying’. In Philippians 2, Paul first applies this word to Jesus,...

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Let there be Light

Jun 6, 2015 by

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.   (Genesis 1:1-3) The beginning of Genesis contains some deep truths. It starts with those memorable words In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, – God brought into being the universe – not just the physical universe that we touch and feel and see, but the energies that are behind it, the laws of nature by which it operates, and the whole of space and time. Before the Big Bang, there was nothing,  “ the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the...

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Transforming the Mind

Jun 6, 2015 by

Human nature is a complex thing, but it is often talked of in two ways – the lower self and the higher self, or the selfish, self-centred nature and the selfless, higher nature. Or the ego-mind and the Christ-mind. St Paul talks very often of the flesh and the Spirit, making the same distinction For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6) To set the mind on the flesh is death? Not physical death, so what is Paul talking about? I think he is meaning death...

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