Sharing some food for thought:
MPC: I cannot imagine how transcendence of nature, sublimation, ‘glorification’ can possibly work.
(At the CFI Forum tread: Can Christianity be progressive?
transcendence = “Transcendence is the quality of being able to go beyond normal limits or boundaries.”
I believe MPC is missing the point. Seems to me, it’s not about attaining some spiritual "transcendent" connection with nature, a la new age, or such.
It’s about realizing that Earth’s Evolution is an actual factual reality, it’s about realizing that all these folds within folds of harmonic complexity actually means something.
Deeply appreciating that within myself there are direct roots to achievements hundreds of millions even billions of years ago. Learning about and understanding the outlines of those various folds within folds, that’s emotionally satisfying, so it’s worth it just for that, but there is more.
It’s about truly, deeply, viscerally, grasping that your brain and sense of self, evolved out of the mammalian animal brain and their sense of self, which in turn evolved out of an earlier brain and sense of self, with it’s roots in even more primitive ways of sensing/processing/acting found in the simplest of life forms.
The transcendence is not the object, it’s the learning and accumulating an understanding of the flowing complexity.
Then as that journey matures the transcendence happens, as a result of all the accumulating mass of facts and learning coming together into a cohesive harmonic whole that makes sense.
I think that’s when the visceral sense of connection emerges. Is that transcendence? I don’t know, but I do know it feels good.
The fun thing is, this emergent holistic understanding affords an inner sense of solidity and belonging that goes way beyond what manmade promises can ever offer, even beyond the confines of my life. Isn’t that what people keep searching for?
Being able to not just say, but feel that: “I am an element in the pageant of Evolution” - that goes a long way.