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BRINGING RELIGION TO LIFE
Are not religions a response to the universal human search for meaning, wonder and values in the face of
the implacable mystery of our existence - why are we here at all?
Do human beings ever have certainty in postulating answers to life's great questions?
Are our religions a human response to such mysteries rather than a divine revelation, as still believed by many?
Religions meet psychic, social, philosophical, ethical and political needs.
Today's global citizens can draw, critically, on a resource of wisdom and spirituality garnered over countless centuries as
well as add judiciously to it.
Such a global resource has been created through our experiences of success and failure in living authentically; through our
capacity to make good relationships as well as our failure to do so - with each other, with other living creatures, with our
planet and universe, and with the transcendent mystery that some believe completes the meaning of life.
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"The revolutions that count come silently, come first in the heart...
Revolutions of this magnitude do not overturn a system and then shape it.
They reshape thought, and then the system overturns without the firing of
a single cannon. Revolutions such as this dismantle walls people thought
would never fall because no wall, whatever its size, can contain a
people whose minds have long ago scaled and vaulted and surmounted it."
(Heart of Flesh, p.172, Joan D. Chittister)
It is liberating to have an understanding of the scriptures of the
major world faith traditions which allows me to say:
"that is what people
claimed thousands of years ago to be right or to be the will of their god,
but what they believed then does not constrain how I think today ".
To my mind, it is
part of the dignity and responsibility of being human that we
have to work out our moral conclusions and theological convictions, however provisional, for ourselves.
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