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When Wholes Are Greater than the Sum of their Parts

Continuing Creation happens when parts combine to make wholes, and then the wholes combine to make even “greater” Wholes. Thus, over time, single-celled creatures combined to make multi-celled creatures. The wheel was invented, then the cart, the carriage, bicycle, and the automobile.  While the Book of Continuing Creation sometimes explores the difficult disciplines of physics […]

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A Riff on Walt Whitman

“I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.”            — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, #48 “We hear and behold the Processes of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Evolution, and Emergence in every object, while history and science teach us to understand them over time.”           — ContinuingCreation

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Do I Believe in God?

Note:  J.X. Mason’s Book of Continuing Creation opposes biblical creationism. I think that God almost surely does not exist.  But let’s say, for the moment, that a Creator-God, does exist.  How would He-She-It have accomplished Creation?   The evidence for Evolution is massive and incontrovertible:  Fossil, genetic, and radiocarbon dating evidence. Life arose from processes of […]

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Warmed-over Pantheism ?

  Note:  Continuing Creation opposes “Creationism.” Continuing Creation has been accused of being “a warmed-over re-hash of Pantheism.” Is it?   No, it is not. “Pantheism is the belief that reality, the universe, is itself a divinity, a supreme supernatural mind or being.  Thus, the universe itself is an immanent creator deity still expanding and creating, […]

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Great Theories of History

I’d like to develop a list of the “Great Theories of History,” and I could use your help! If you know of such a Theory, could you kindly send me its name, its book title, and its author? Here are a few that I’ve come up with: “Challenge and Response” — Arnold Toynbee “Guns, Germs, […]

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From a Tree to Transcendence

   Note:  The Book of Continuing Creation Opposes “Creationism.” In everyday language, “transcendence” means “going beyond,” and “self-transcendence” means going beyond (or higher than) everyday thinking, or beyond one’s everyday self. Contemplation is a type of meditation.  You find an object — say, a tree — and look at it. Just look at it, but […]

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Why Is There Suffering?

— J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 7-19-22.  Mason is the author of Followers of the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) believe that suffering is the result of Original Sin.  That’s the sin that Eve and Committed in the Garden of Eden, when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  […]

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Buddhism vs. Transcendentalism

–J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 7-5-22 — J.X. Mason is the author of The Buddha never saw that one day, science and technology would be able to solve much of the suffering he saw all around him. Instead, he put forward Buddhism — a program of mental and emotional detachment from suffering. In contrast […]

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Why New Religions Arise

— J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 6-21-2022. — J.X. Mason is the author of Historically, populations can become distressed by poverty, disease, oppression, natural disasters, war and violence. They can also become distressed by their fear of one or more of those things. Under such conditions, the population may take collective action. This particularly […]

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Beyond the Tonic of Wildness

“We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”            […]

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