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Tuesday Conversations Evolutionary Christianity

Tuesdays in October and November - Painting the Stars

Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

When I have a terrible need of dare I say, 'religion'?- then I go outside at night and paint the stars." - Vincent Van Gogh

‘Any credible spiritual path, including Christianity, must be in an honest conversation with science if it is to be relevant in the 21st Century. The scientific method emerged as the best tool we’ve found so far to help us answer the question, What is real?’

Dinner at 6.30pm $5 (Let us know you are coming nicola@guc.org.au)
Study and Discussion 7.30pm-8.30pm

Come for the meal and study or just come for the Study and Discussion

Tuesday 19th November - Session 5 - Evolutionary Christianity
“Evolutionary Christianity is distinct from evolutionary spirituality in general in that it is grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and the teachings about him in the tradition.

Some quotes from this session's readings

“Is evolution a theory, a system, or a hypothesis? It is much more: it is a
general condition to which all theories, all systems must bow and which
they must satisfy if they are to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light
illuminating all facts, a curve that all lines must follow.”
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man

“Finally, the evolutionary vision is enabling us to discern, however
incompletely, the lineaments of the new religion that … will arise to serve
the needs of the coming era.”
—Julian Huxley, (grandson of Thomas Huxley, a biologist who supported Darwin)

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on
to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers,
I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting
what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on
toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
—Paul, Phillippians 3:12-16

Some previous Sessions

Getting Genesis Wrong
"An absence of a sense of the sacred, awe, is the basic flaw in many of our efforts at ecologically or environmentally adjusting our human presence to the natural wrld. It is also true that we live neither love nor save what we do not experience as sacred." Thomas Berry

"Earth's crammed with heaven
And every common bush, afire with God
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes" Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A Renaissance of Wonder
Thomas Aquinas, has written that as humans we are capax universi- capable of the universe. But we give our children McDonalds and Nike…poor substitutes for the sense of belonging to a sacred and evolving cosmos.”

When did nature evoke awe in you?
John Shea called Jesus a "border walker", one who spent time at the margins of society, where different cultures came into contact, intermingled, and sometimes clashed- much like the life that happens biologically at the membrane of a cell.

Where do you see yourself and/or community being s "border walker" today?

Monday, 19 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm