Note: This book is in rewrite, but still available on Amazon
Everything is evolving. Stars are exploding and imploding like kernels of popcorn in a giant pot of hot oil. Planets and galaxies disintegrate, and the debris from these massive detonations coalesces into new planets. Entire solar systems and galaxies are devouring one another like a hotdog eating contest at the state fair. And, human spirituality is and has been changing as well.
In the beginning, 4.5 billion years ago, according to current science, our earth was a cauldron of liquefied rock, boiling oceans, and what must have been devastating earthquakes and unimaginable atmospheric events. And, if we don’t address the causes of climate change, we may get the chance to experience some of that turbulence in the future.
Notwithstanding the continuing earthquakes that thrust the continental plates against each other, and the mighty volcanoes spewing layers of flowing lava and ash to blanket the earth as it creates fresh territory, our planet is relatively quiet. Typhoons, monsoons, tornadoes, and tsunamis change the course of rivers and wash away the land and almost everything in their path, but compared to our fiery beginnings, it’s not so bad.
All of this is the essence of evolution. Everything in motion, planets, atoms, and human ideas bumping into each other, setting off a chain reaction of both physical and psychological changes.
Whether you believe that a God, or multiple gods were responsible for creation or not, it seems obvious that the first edition of that God’s work was far from perfect, and what might someday be the finished product will most likely be the return of our planet to the cosmic dust whence we came.
Will another planet that supports life be formed here or in another solar system or galaxy and our history begin all over? Who knows? Maybe it has already happened. They tell us that whatever may happen to our solar system is still billions of years into the future, but it will come.
Like our universe and our world, religion has also evolved, and like our earth and the universe, often violently over the course of human history. And it is this evolution of religion that I find both fascinating and distressing. It is bewildering in the way it seems to play out, and it is that evolution about which I’m going to share some history I have researched, as well as my thoughts on the topic.
Warning! If you are devoutly religious, or even casually so, and if the questioning of the various teachings to which you subscribe, be they Christian, Islam, Jewish or any other practiced belief, or the idea of someone challenging the existence of God will cause you to go into an uncontrollable rage and send you in search of high-powered automatic weapons, then I strongly suggest you read no further.