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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Stuart Kauffman Says "God" Must Evolve

"Do we use the “God” word? I believe we must. We have been largely stripped of our spirituality, we have become commoditized. We buy and sell plastic purple penguins for the poolside, in a gyre of material economic growth sustained by our current value system as we despoil the planet, and reach its bounds. Surely, in the midst of this terrible economic collapse, we can recognize that persistent economic growth is not sustainable ecologically on a finite planet. We have much to rethink about what is truly of value to our lives and how to orient ourselves," Stuart Kauffman, director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics at the University of Calgary and Watson Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School, wrote in the Ottawa Citizen over the weekend.
"Are we mature enough to begin to give up the Creator God and keep the creativity? I think just maybe we verge on being ready to do so: Let God be our name, our chosen invented symbol, for the fully natural creativity in the universe. We are not made in this God’s image; we too are this God, along with butterflies, lichen, and streams. All of life and the planet are sacred."