DECOLONIZING GOD

A little excerpt from an essay I really enjoyed writing. It’s about how colonized ideas limit our worldview—especially when we don’t know it.

There is between science and religion a plug ugly chasm that has existed since the Enlightenment, even back to the Renaissance—maybe before. I haven’t been keeping track, but a long time.

The battles have been many, and legendary. Galileo was forced to retract grand ideas. Part time astronomer Giordano Bruno was over-cooked at the stake. Some say Copernicus waited until his death to have his findings published. Even Darwin took his time.

Although religion has had the upper fist in personal cruelty over science, science punched back with a series of amoral inventions. Some of the lowlights include napalm, chemical warfare, laser weapons and, of course, nuclear bombs, which have leveled the quantum field in terms of overall damage. It’s as if they’re neck and neck, actually—covertly playing off each other with significant detriment to all.

Lately, most scientists dogmatically believe that all we are is matter. Yet they abandon all logic and follow love, without a Petri dish of “proof” that love exists. Religious believers berate scientists about the non-logic of life arising from sludge, yet believe utterly in ninety-nine percent of the scientific inventions that have made the means of waging the battle so much easier.

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2 Responses to “DECOLONIZING GOD”

  1. Sue says:

    Hi Pete,

    As usual, you have some great essays on your blog. Regarding your essay on Decolonizing God, and the tendency of some–okay, most–of our European forefathers to dismiss/denigrate/trivialize the rich knowledge and methodologies of acquiring their knowledge, you might want to check out Paul Feyerabend’s book “Against Method”. He writes about the chauvinism of western science and how that played out in the mind sets of Europeans who colonized other continents. He also points out that most great scientific discoveries were not actually discovered via the scientific method–often there was no “proof” to support the ideas, or the ideas were conceived of in dream or the equivalent of meditative/contemplative states of mind. A fiction novel that you might enjoy reading is “Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus” by Orson Scott Card.

    I don’t think the chauvinistic attitudes that accompanied the European explorers was unique to the 17th-19th century explorers. The Romans, when they invaded Britain, in the first century, C.E., dismissed the Celts and their egalitarian ideas around women’s rights and roles in their society as being horrifyingly “primitive”. They sure as heck didn’t know what do with Queen Boudicca, so they brought her down and then they silenced her. It would appear that the descendents of the Romanized Brits came to identify with their oppressors in the long run–to the detriment of other societies/cultures in other parts of the world.

    I’m glad that there at least small pockets of communities who have remembered and restored the Divine Feminine as a much needed balance in the world. I’m also really glad that you got your blog site going: It’s so great to read essays that are written from a place of compassion, a desire for peace and for understanding the issue without getting into hate mongering.

    Blessings & joy,
    Sue

  2. Dear Sue,

    Thanks for those great additions to the thoughts in the essay. The concept of ideas not having “proof” is very interesting—and for obvious reasons (allowing freedom of thought), essential. I believe it was years, even decades after Einstein’s original theories on realtivity and so on, that “proof” came in.

    And Queen Boudicca. It’s remarkable to try and wonder what she was like, what that time was really like—Lond(inium) was 20 years old! For the record, she was from Norfolk in the East of England—I was born in Norfolk. Thetford, in fact, the home of Thomas Paine.

    What a journey we’re on. What do we really know?

    In the Bhagavad Gita, I was recently reminded, Krishna says to Arjuna: “From me comes knowledge, remembrance and forgetfulness…? Forgetfulness, too. Ah.

    Remarkable. Mysterious. Hopeful. Painful. Fascinating. Scientific. Spiritual. Concrete. Abstract. And wider than all the multiverses and beyond, beyond, beyond, beyond. In the words of, I think Buddha: “Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha…” “Gone, gone, gone to the far shore, to liberation and freedom, everybody gone, with the light inside, hip hip hooray!” Some say that the tense of gone is unclear, and might mean going. Aren’t we just, though?

    Devoted blessings and joy right back atcha—and to everyone,

    Pete

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