August 11, 2016 (Kampala):
Let me try to express – at this moment just prior to our departure from East Africa – what I now envision as the next permutation of the my life’s work:
Ultimately, I want to help, to do my unique part in ‘building the Kingdom of God’, ‘bringing heaven to earth’ – that is, furthering the creative unfolding of the cosmos toward its intended culmination, whatever that may be. I believe the cosmos is a cosmogenesis – not just being but also becoming – and that humans can consciously facilitate and catalyze this process of becoming.
I intend to further cosmogenesis specifically by doing whatever I can to effect the union, or at least the rapprochement, of science and religion. Modern science is made less effectual by its exorcism of ‘spirit’, that invisible yet vital energy that pervades and enlivens all things, even the thoughts and actions of secular scientists. If such people would only acknowledge and then surrender to that Spirit, it would re-energize the scientific enterprise to heretofore unprecedented degrees.
Then, on the side of western religion, adherents have retained awareness of and interaction with the Spirit but have denied the full potential of rationality – critical rationalism – to not only grow our understanding of the universe (including our own mysterious inner depths) but also to funnel that knowledge back into religion traditions and institutions to keep them up-to-date, commensurate with our best current scientific theories.
Specifically in strictly biblical Christianity, with its doctrine of ‘sola scriptura’, the rationality of the cosmos – the principle of rationality, the ‘Word of God’ – has been confined theologically and practically to a mere book, the Bible. Biblicism and the biblical worldview have become shackles on the Western spirit. They are holding us back wherever they still have a grip.
Western secular science has evicted the Spirit.
And Western religion has incarcerated the Word.
What I see myself doing, then, is working intellectually toward a new form of rationalized religion and spiritualized science. We humans need to start conducting science and technology development with a deeply religious fervor and spiritual sensitivity, extending our search into every corner of the cosmos; and we need to apply the critical – though charitable – method of rational examination to all our religious traditions.
Since the goal of this is not to eradicate religious diversity by creating one global religion, getting the world’s religions to engage in the same kind of critical self-evaluation as the world’s sciences do would simply encourage the religions to grow, develop, and become truer accounts of how the world is.
My part in this transformation will be to author a linguistic cosmology, an interpretation of the universe through the lens of language, which is itself a microcosm of the whole. I will trace the origin of the λóγος, the rational (and linguistic) principle behind all Western religion, philosophy, and science – indeed, of the Western conception of meaning itself. And I will demonstrate that the λóγος is to be ever filled with πνευμα [breath/spirit] in its revelation of νους [mind], which is otherwise unknowable.