Further, this would be a time when diplomatic and trade meetings are attended not only by policymakers, but also by ethical philosophers, spiritual leaders, and organizational psychologists; when, for example, attendees participate in professionally facilitated process groups and promote frank exchanges of feeling; and when the input from scientists and philosophers matches that from legislators and generals. It would be a time when representatives can broach each others' personal fears as well as state or corporate agendas; when international relations can be spoken about in terms of interpersonal relations; and when hopes and trepidations can be coupled with predictions and averages.
Finally, this would be a time when people everywhere approach each other and our world from a stance of curiosity, wonderment, and potentially even attraction , for commensurate with the rise in enchanted agnosticism would be the corresponding rise in intra- and intercultural reassessment, trust, and cooperation , and with these developments, entire worlds will unfurl.
Religious and scientific types, for example, would begin to perceive not only their respective divergences, but also their respective convergences, utility, and virtues.
While adherents of doctrinal faith would reassess the value of openness and skepticism, devotees of calculation would reevaluate the legitimacy of veneration and faith; while spiritualists would rethink material realities, materialists would revisit the ethereal, poetic, and felt. Although hesitant at first, each of the respective parties would become increasingly appreciative of the others' legitimacy, lucidity, and sublimity.
Sound remote? Not necessarily. Social theorists from Carl Rogers to Michael Lerner have been promoting such interchanges for years and many have partaken of their fruit.
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As more partake in The Great Conversation, fewer will pine for The Great Detonation, or The Holy Vindication; and as some invite deepening and widening, others will permit risking, opening. In short, enchanted agnosticism--the embrace of mystery--has tremendous potential to address the confusion and spiritual hunger of our lives. In her illuminating study of religion, The History of God , Karen Armstrong date concludes that we in the West have reached a developmental milestone. We have witnessed the disasters of fundamentalist tyrannies and, equally, of post-Enlightenment oligarchies, and we are in need of something different.
This alternative, Armstrong suggests, just might be what she calls "mystical agnosticism," which is very akin to my "enchanted agnosticism. Author's Note: No part of this article may be reproduced without the express written consent of the author. Outstanding post. Gospel of John, chapter Jesus himself promotes "enchanted agnosticism," see v.
In the book of Amos it states God does not want people to practice organized religion. I find this interesting that so many religious zealots that participate in churches that are nothing more than highly organized Christian cults will overlook that passage. Great article.
We need more written like this offering alternative opinions even if we don't all agree with them. I'm confused as to what category I belong. I am half Native American and do believe in a Creator. However I do not support the viewpoints of the Christian churches I have attended and maybe just a little of the Reformed Jewish beliefs after attending the synagogue. I believe most all of modern religion and surely the bible is made up by men as a means to control the masses. So much of modern Christianity seems to have come from earlier attempts to convert people who worshipped the Norse gods.
The Christian holidays are mostly reinterpretations of Norse and other Pagan practices. Much of Christianity today appears to be brainwashing if you do some indepth research of how cults are able to control others the techniques are the same.
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Just a brief note to thank you for your thoughtful comment. I'm glad the piece stimulated further reflection for you. The "Enchanted" world you describe sounds like a nightmare to me.
It sounds more like Enchanted Collectivism. I am an Agnostic because I want to determine my own beliefs or decide if I believe in anything at all. At the heart of my journey is my freedom. One must be completely free of the beliefs of others in order to explore the Universe. One must also be comfortable with uncertainty and accept mystery as mystery. I am not interested in what other's think of my ideas and I do not wish to waste my time listening to their mythology.
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I especially don't need academics defining me because that will lead to expectations of what I am "supposed to be". It is inevitable because most people are not content to believe, they want company -- even if they have to force others into agreeing. That's how I interpret your term "Movement".
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That conformation must be in differentiated closed circuitry, that there be something to move out of the way and fill in behind in the one substance, energy. Enough differentiation causes consciousness so that, in turn, the matrix of energy is thereby differentiated and therefore conscious. It was found that in outer space there are automatic differentiations wherever there is enough nothingness, for, the infinitesimal point nothingness,. The friction is caused by the Planck's volumes. Nothing can be smaller than Planck's volume.
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