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Our Concept of Spirituality

We follow Nature’s Continuing Creation because it arises out of Nature’s processes of physics, chemistry, and biology.  Is Nature’s Continuing Creation a Spiritual Path? The short a...

Evolution & The Constructal Law

The Process of Photosynthesis is Both a Product of Evolution and a Tool of further Evolution The fundamental process of Nature’s Continuing Creation is this: When a steady flow-through of energy enc...

Twelve Assertions About “God”

Twelve Assertions About “God:” 1. God is an old, bearded Man who created the World in six days as described in the Bible. 2. No, God can assume any appearance: a man, a burning bush, a fiery finge...

Frog Church & A Wilder Clay

“Frog Church” & “A Wilder Clay” – J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 1/15/24 In 2021, the eco-philosopher and award-winning author Lyanda Lynn Haupt published a wonderful ne...

The Purpose of Our Lives

The Purpose of each capable Human Life Is to Create!  ‘To Create’ includes Discover, Invent, Heal, Design, Engineer, Build, Communicate, Cooperate, Love, Restore, Learn, Teach, Raise Chil...

Michael Dowd’s “Eco-Credo”

Here is a quick-but-deep theology that I admire: Reverend Michael Dowd’s Eco-Credo*: “Your God is whatever you put your faith or trust in – i.e., your ultimate concern.”  — Paul Tillich, C...

The Origins of the Christmas Tree

“Martin Luther gets the credit for incorporating the Christmas tree into our seasonal celebrations. Although the Romans decorated trees for various festivals – such as the May Pole, it is pret...

Characteristics of Modern Cults

Above: The Branch Davidian Complex in Waco, TX, on fire during an attack by the FBI In our Essay, “Smaller Religions & Modern Cults” we discuss movements such as The Branch Davidians, Cargo Cu...

Humans Were Not Designed by God

                                Our Human bodies have many deficiencies — organs and systems that don’t work very well. That’s because they were evolved, not designe...

What Is Continuing Creation?

What Is Continuing Creation? Continuing Creation is the set of linked processes that have created everything in the universe and are creating them still. Creation did not happen all at once, or during...

Human Beings Were Not Designed

Human Beings Were Not Designed   Until the evolution of human consciousness and tool-making ability, the complex things created by the Processes of Continuing Creation were clearly not created ...

Meditations for Co-Creators

Meditations For Co-Creators   “Meditation is paying sustained, unmixed attention to one thing at a time.” Simone Weil. Introduction “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” — Anonym...

No, I Don’t Worship Nature

No, I Don’t Worship Nature As a Participant in Nature’s Continuing Creation, many people call me (J.X. Mason) a “Nature worshipper.” No, I am not a Nature worshipper.  I don’t pray to Natur...

Are Humans All That Special?

Are Humans All That Special? Genesis 1:26 — “Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and o...

Taoist Virtues

Taoist Virtues in Taoism, virtue is expected to arise naturally when a person follows the Tao – The Way. This “natural virtue,” which is also a natural power within a person’s character, is ca...

Creating by Combining

The Process of Creating by Combining The fundamental process of Continuing Creation is this: When a steady flow of energy encounters a receptive environment, it weaves patterns and creates systems of ...

Emergence in Biological Levels

Emergence in The Biological Hierarchy The Continuing Creation we see all around us is all about the repeated emergence of complexity in Nature, culture, and technology. In philosophy, systems theory...

What to Do About Suffering

What to Do About the Suffering in the World Why is there Suffering in the World?  And what do religions say to do about it?  Since blog space is limited, let’s talk about just one of the many ...

How Old Is Planet Earth?

Biblical Creationists who think the Bible is literally true and 100% correct believe that Earth is about 6,000 years old. Most astronomers, geologists and biologists think the Earth is about 4.54 bill...

Level of Support for Evolution

Quotations from the Wikipedia article, “Level of Support for Evolution” “The level of support for [biololgical] evolution among scientists, the public, and other groups is a topic t...

The Universe and its Processes

Continuing Creation: On the Origin of the Universe and The Operation of Its Processes  I maintain that we do not and cannot know if God/Substance/Nature created the universe because we ourselves cann...

A Broader View of Evolution

When most people think of Evolution, they think of Biological Evolution, and the evolution of different species in particular.  Biological Evolution is defined as the process by which successive gene...

From “Lives of a Cell”

“The oldest, easiest-to-swallow idea [about our planet] was that the Earth was man’s personal property, a combination of garden, zoo, bank vault, and energy source, placed at our disposal to b...

Genesis – Two Different Stories

Genesis – Two Different Stories What are the differences between the two creation stories in the Book of Genesis, and why are they written this way instead of just one account that’s clearer t...

God or Natural Continuing Creation?

When an artist paints a picture, or a mason builds a wall, those things are their creations. Thomas Edison (with contributions from other inventors) created the electric light bulb.  Most human creat...

Peak Experiences

Here are some of my “Peak Experiences” in life: Watching my one-year-old daughter giggle when I wiggled my fingers at her.  Holding my wife’s hand while she reads her Kindle before ...

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, Chemis...

Do I Believe in God?

Note:  J.X. Mason’s Book of Continuing Creation opposes biblical creationism. We advocate only Natural Continuing Creation, which arises from physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.  I think...

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 ...

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 aut...

Why Is There Suffering?

— J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 7-19-22.  Mason is the author of ContinuingCreation.org Followers of the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) believe that suffering is t...

Buddhism vs. Transcendentalism

–J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 7-5-22— J.X. Mason is the author of www.ContinuingCreation.org   The Buddha never saw that one day, science and technology would be able to solve much...

Why New Religions Arise

— J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 6-21-2022. — J.X. Mason is the author of ContinuingCreation.org. Historically, populations can become distressed by poverty, disease, oppression, natural ...

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 indefinite...

Pros & Cons of Taoism & Zen

I have written evaluations of several of the World’s great religions, and I plan to write about more of them.  In the evaluations, I try to list the Strengths & Shortcomings of each religio...

Earth-centered Spirituality

  Is Continuing Creation a Spiritual Path?  Yes and no. The word “spiritual” has different meanings to different people.  Conventional or Traditional Spirituality Most people feel that spir...

On the Business of Life

The Business of Life —Wisdom from the Tao Te Ching, Chapter 63 Act without strife;work without effort. Think of the small as largeand the few as manyConfront the difficultwhile it is still easy...

Can Atheists Be Spiritual?

  Can atheists be spiritual?  Yes, I surely think so.  My brother and I have been vocal atheistic agnostics since we quit going to Sunday school in our young teens.  Yet my brother is an avid ...

What Are Creation’s PROCESSES ?

I follow a Spiritual Program called Continuing Creation that is based on Nature, Reason, and Science, without any myths or miracle stories.   Continuing Creation is made up of Interlocking Processes....

The Many Names for God

There are many names for “God.” Many are almost as old as humanity itself, pre-historical names now long forgotten. Note: The word “God” likely derives from pre-German words meaning “pour”...

Humans Are Not So Special

Humans are not as special as we once thought.  Until about 1960, people living in the Judeo-Christian tradition believed they were the masters of the Earth. Today, most of us realize that we are depe...

Daydreaming vs. Meditation

                Daydreaming about Waltzing in Old Vienna  Meditation usually involves discipline.  For example, in a Breath Meditation we concentrate on our breaths.  If our mind wanders to...

Primal Reverence

“Perhaps for you it is the stars at night, somewhere beyond the reach of our puny, interfering city lights, the whole sky filled with uncountable rays originating from trillions of light-years away...

Modern Eco-quote from Ancient Rome

“Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how ...

The Craft of Creating

J.X Mason’s Blog Post of 1-17-22 I just finished reading The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield.  I generally don’t care for ...

My Personal Purpose Driven Life

J.X. Mason’s Blog of 1-11-22  I try to lead a “Purpose Driven Life,” even though I haven’t read the book of that name written by Rick Warren in 2002.  My purpose-driven life inspires and...

Surgery Learns to Use Antiseptics

I want to tell you about a book I got for Christmas, one that I can’t put down. The book’s is The Butchering Art, written by Dr. Lindsey FitzHarris.  That title is somewhat unfortunate, b...

Christmas / Winter Solstice

I did not grow up in the Christian religion and I remain a skeptical agnostic in my late adulthood.  But all my life, I have loved the rich spiritual traditions that my family and I celebrate around ...

Poetic Science Writing

— J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 12-6-2021.    — J.X. Mason is the author of  ContinuingCreation.org Throughout the Book of Continuing Creation, we advance the idea that spirituality c...

Spiritual Living in Nature

  Given the severe and immediate dangers of climate change and global warming, we may all need to adopt the mindset that Henry David Thoreau practiced at Walden Pond — — “I went...

Mantras for Creative People

—  J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 11-15-2021 —   Author of ContinuingCreation.org: A Spiritual Path Based on Nature, Reason, & Science “Aum” – the single word “Aum,” or ...

Mother Nature – Yes or No?

— J.X. Mason’s Blog pf 10/25/21— J.X. Mason is the author of ContinuingCreation.org My website, Continuing Creation: A Spiritual Path based on Nature, Reason, and Science, mentions Mothe...

The Washing Machine Meditation

– J.X. Mason’s Blog of 10-15-21— J.X. Mason is the author of ContinuingCreation.org Lovely Everyday Meditations Some years ago, I attended meditation sessions at the Houston Zen Cent...

Higher Power or Higher Purpose?

— A Blog Post by J.X. Mason        — J.X. Mason is the author of The Book of Continuing Creation A recovered alcoholic named Wayne M. wrote a short statement that was published in 2014...

Black Elk’s Circle Poem

                          Black Elk’s Circle Poem “Everything the Power of the World doesIs done in a circle. The sky is round,And I have heard that the earth is roundLike a b...

People Live On In Our Memories

When a deep purple falls Over sleepy garden walls And the stars begin to twinkle in the night In the mist of a memory You wander back to me Breathing my name with a sigh In the still of the night Once...

What Is Spirituality?

— J.X. Mason’s Blog of 7-6-2020.  To sign up for Our Weekly Blogs, go toSubscribe       — J.X. Mason is the Author of the Book of Continuing Creation Our Book of Continuing Creat...

Wisdom from the Tao Te Ching

How can a person work hard and achieve much,  without breaking down or burning out?         Listen to the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, Chapter 63 (translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1988, Harper &am...

Song of the Open Road

— J.X. Mason’s Blog Post of 5-27-20 — Mason authored Continuing Creation: A Spiritual Path Based on Nature, Reason, & Science An Anthem for the Path of Continuing Creation What i...

Mother Nature’s Easter

The best thing to do with Easter is what we do with Christmas: we look at it through the lens of Earth-centered Spirituality. For Easter, Mother Nature gives us bunnies and eggs — symbolizing th...

How to Deal with Death

A new Essay has been posted to the Continuing Creation Website:  Dealing with Death on Our Path of Creating Every religion and every spiritual path provides a way for followers to deal with death –...

Better than Facebook

Better than Facebook: Informal Remarks on Learning, Mindfulness, & Meditation in the Practice of Continuing Creation. “When evening comes, I return home and go into my study. On the threshold I ...