How to Read this Book of Essays
There is no set order for reading the Essays of the Book of Continuing Creation, except that everyone should begin with the Introduction and Overview Essays, along with How to Read This Book of Essays (which you are looking at now).
After those three, readers with different interests may elect to read different Essays, (or read all of them in different sequences), depending on their interests. Each Essay can stand alone as an individual work, but all of them are related to our larger explication of Continuing Creation: The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos. (Because each Essay can stand alone, you may find somewhat more repetition between the Essays than you would find between the chapters of most books… but nothing like the endless repetition we see in the Quran.)
Our topics, including Complexity, Evolution, and Spirituality, are interwoven and interreacting. Continuing Creation itself is a Complex Adaptive System. Our Essays on science relate to religion and spirituality; and our Essays on spirituality relate to the sciences of complexity and evolution.
We will be posting each Essay to this website as it is finished. At some point, the author plans to arrange the Essays in a final Book order. (Note that the four-digit number at the start of each Essay title is simply a computer file number used by the Author for reference.)
We aim to present a practical Spiritual Path is that without myths and miracle stories.
A Principle of our Spiritual Path is that the Book of Continuing Creation must forever be open to revision and update. The date of every Essay’s most recent update will appear at its end.
The Book of Continuing Creation will Contain Essays on Such Topics as:
- Patterns, complexity, and process
- The psychology and evolution of religion
- The great religions of the world – their individual strengths and shortcomings
- Theology – some basic concepts
- Suffering, evil, and death
- Evolution — cosmic, geologic, biologic, cultural, and technological
- Insights from mathematics and physics
- How to Lead an ethical life; how to lead a virtuous life
- How to lead a fulfilled and happy life
- Is there an “afterlife?”
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Symbols, songs, poems, and traditions of our new spiritual path
- Overuse of resources, overpopulation, climate change, Mother Nature and Gaia
This Book is available for free, without ads, at ContinuingCreation.org.
J.X. Mason’s Blog Posts
Our website also holds copies of all the weekly Blog Posts written by our Author, J.X. Mason. These one-page Posts are about topics in the Essays, but the Posts are informal and often relate to current events.
We Welcome Constructive Comments from Readers
To send us a comment, correction, or suggestion, you can use the Contact Us tab on this website, or you can us the Comment Form at the end of every Essay and Blog Post.
Conventions Used Throughout the Text
The phrases “Continuing Creation” and “The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos” are used interchangeably throughout this Book. They mean the same thing.
Our Spiritual Path is called by many names, including The Way of Continuing Creation, the Path, the Practice, the Flow, the Weave… and others.
The people who take up our spiritual path are called many names: Builders (of Continuing Creation), Designers, Cultivators, Practitioners, Agents, Weavers, Followers, Co-Creators, and other similar names.
For clarity, the Essays are written in textbook style. We often use bullet points and numbered lists. Indentations are used for subsidiary points, examples, illustrations, and references. We intend readers to be able to capture all the major ideas of this Book without reading the indented passages.
Important Principles of the Path of Continuing Creation are formatted in dark-blue bold type, and may begin with a bolded phrase such as, “The Practice Continuing Creation Says — “
The phrases, “Old Desert Religions” means the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The phrase, “Old Asian Religions” means Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Zen. The phrase, “Old Religions” means all eight of these religions. “Western civilization” or “Western Tradition” refers to Euro-North American, as distinguished from Asian.
Citations and references for each Essay are sometimes listed in the body of the Essay, but usually at the end of the Essay.
We have every intention to give other authors full attribution for their thinking and writing. If you feel the Book of Continuing Creation or this website have failed to properly acknowledge prior work done by other writers, please send us an email using the Contact Page and we will correct our oversight immediately.
Continuing Creation, LLC, this website, and the Book of Continuing Creation are completely not-for-profit. All expenses are paid from the personal funds of the Author.
Affirmation of Free Speech and Free Religion
We affirm the right of nearly every person to hold her or her own beliefs and follow their own spiritual path. We exclude people who follow doctrines involving, condoning, or accommodating cruelty and evil; such as Nazism, fascism, the extreme communism now imposed on the populace of North Korea, and the extremely violent Islamic tribalism of Nigeria’s Boko Haram. The Book of The Growing, Organizing, Direction spends almost no time or space discussing such extremism.
The Essays of the Book of Continuing Creation, the Author’s Blog Posts, and all pages of this www.continuingcreation.org website were written solely by the Author, J.X. Mason, whose wholly-owned company, Continuing Creation LLC, holds the Copyright for all these writings.