Thursday, 2 March 2017


I belong to the Anglican Church because its ritual and its activities express and strengthens the relationship I have between myself and other people, and my relationship with the World (big "W"). Within its liturgy is our reciting of a version of the Nicene Creed which, fortunately for me, now starts with "We believe in ... ", as distinct from "I believe in ...". I am willing to belong to and to recognise the variety of interpretations held by those around me and those who fashioned it in 381 AD, even if I, as an individual, cannot tick off every single clause. Possibly "serious Christians" are happy with the idea that Jesus of Nazareth is of the same nature as an entity that initiated the flaring forth that eventually created the countless galaxies and all that developed within them, but this is meaningless to me. What I can say is that, beyond the mechanisms revealed through physics, the shining "isness" of the trees, the birds and the sky is a perpetual miracle.

1 comment:

  1. In the end, is this not all we are left with? Our response to the wonder of it all, beyond mechanism? The primary cause, the motivation, the Beginning may never be knowable to a human 'brain' but we are more than neocortex and we process some 'otherness' in our discerning of the miracle that indeed shines forth in contemplation of the is-ness of nature. Hence my attraction to Taoism: not as 'religion' but as 'way of being'.