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Darwin, Chapter 6

Here are notes for the study group meeting on Saturday, April 6 at 10 am.

Darwin, Divinity and Dance of the Cosmos by Bruce Sanguin:  Chapter 6 Discussion Notes and Questions

For April 6, 2013: An Ecological Perspective

1. Pages 167 to 169:  Sanguin identifies the focus of Jesus ministry as being human relationships; suggests the focus today would be the relationship between humans and the Earth; identifies Augustine as putting forth the view that nature is graceless and Meister Eckhart as contradicting Augustine, with Jesus agreeing with Meister Eckhart.  How appropriate is it for us to go from Jesus’ parables to the claim that Jesus saw natural grace everywhere?  Would you agree in terms of what Jesus saw?  Do you see natural grace everywhere?

2,  Pages 170 to 173:  The Kin-dom of God:  Any comments on this term?  Page 172,middle paragraph (“in our mother’s womb… kin-dom of God”) Any comments?  This is described in the teaching of biology as embryonic evidence of evolution.

3.  The Mustard Seed: pp 173/174:   This sounded like the Occupy movement to me.

4.  The Kin-dom as Priceless Treasure:  pp 174/175:  Third last sentence:   What will we relinquish to possess the treasure of living wisely upon the earth?

5,  Human Ones as Harvesters of Grace:  pp 175/177: He includes some statistics on page 177.  Are they credible?  How can we test his information?  What difference would you like this information to make?  The third last sentence  asks for a lot less attitude. Comments/

6.  Ordeal as Evolutionary Passage:  pp 11/182:  Is church too easy?  There are several very strong statements in this section, some of which may be pushing too far.  Comments?

7.  The Prodigal Son:  pp 182/185:  Any comments on his treatment of this story?

8.  The Great Banquet:  pp 185/187:  I have always liked the banquet stories which to me point to what could be here and now as well as pointing to promise of eventual fulfillment.  Are we worried about trivia at the banquet when truly important things are happening?

9.  Consider the Lily: pp 187/189:  The third paragraph with archetypes reminded me of Findhorn.  What difference might it make if everyone took more time to look at what is around us, and to focus on one thing at a time until everything about it was thoroughly imprinted in our minds?

1o.  The Rich Man and Lazarus:  pp189/190:  Page 190, first full paragraph –it has bothered me for many years that the cost to the earth is not factored into the production of goods and services.

11.  The Lord’s Prayer:  pp 190/196:  the middle paragraph, page 192 –Hallowing God’s name–does our traditional form contribute to abuse of the earth? I questioned all of page 193.  Should we have another discussion of Bruce Sanguin’s alternative Lord’s Prayer?

12. Christ is not Jesus’ Last Name: page 197:  This is why I prefer to use Jesus, God’s Chosen One or Jesus, God’s Anointed One.

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