Thursday, December 24, 2015
Reviving and transforming religion and art
We need not repudiate reason and science, we can expand it out toward future evolution, and we can very much include religion and art in a kind of romanticism within science. This is evolutionary realism based in both science and art, inspired by the philosophy of theological materialism, and not merely romantic grandiosity.
If we study the evolution of man, then the evolution of man allows us to study our evolution toward Godhood in the cosmos. This can revive, transform, and extend religion. Religion has obviously been dying in the West along with the general decline of the Western world.
Man long ago saw God inwardly in the ascetic Inward Path by denying material desires, now we do not block life, we relax life into the dynamics of material evolution. This is not revolution this is evolutionary transformation.
William Blake said “Damn braces. Bless relaxes,” but we do not “damn” the traditional blockade of material evolution in the Inward Path, which was designed to experience God inwardly, we retain but transform the Inward Path with the Outward Path of material evolution to real Godhood.
(This response was inspired by a short review of Romantic Art, by Gail Leggio, in American Arts, Summer 2015)