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Continuing Creation:
A Spiritual Path Based on Nature, Reason, and Science

Book Essays will be posted week-by-week, as they are written.  Each Essay stands alone, independent of the others; but you will want to read the INTRODUCTION and HOW TO READ THIS BOOK first (they are both very short), and then read the OVERVIEW.  The 27-page Overview presents all the major concepts in the Book of G>O>D>.   A list of all the eventual Essays appears in the right-hand column — titles of posted Essays are in bold; titles of Essays still being written are in not in bold.

Meditations for Co-Creators

“Meditation is paying sustained, unmixed attention to one thing at a time.” (– Paraphrasing Simone Weil.) “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” (– Anonymous) “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? (– David M. Bader) “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you are […]

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Evaluating Taoism and Zen

Evaluating Taoism and Zen “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 all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which […]

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The Processes of Evolution — and their spiritual meaning

The Processes of Evolution — and their spiritual meaning The Way of Continuing Creation is based on Nature, Reason, and Science.  For our Spiritual Practice of Continuing Creation, the Science of Evolution is the most important of all the sciences. Not because it is the most fundamental (physics and chemistry are more fundamental), but because […]

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Deism, Process Theology, Stoicism, Freemasonry, Positivism, Secular Humanism, Existentialism, Skepticism, Pragmatism, Unitarianism, and Transcendentalism: These are the theologies and philosophies that are the main forerunners to our Book of Continuing Creation  Many of the concepts in our Book have been adapted from them. These eleven Theological and Philosophical Forerunners are the subjects of this Essay.



When people say “God is Love,” they most often mean that God is 100% composed of love, or “God equals Love.”  And when people say that God is Love, they are usually talking about the human type of Love – warm, intimate, caring, emotional, conscious, intended, purposeful – done by a being who is also […]

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    Covid-19 Virus

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    In late 2020, synthetic biology successfully produced some of the first vaccines to fight the COVID-19 virus. Unlike traditional vaccines which use weakened or inactivated versions of the germ they intend to fight, the new vaccines use laboratory-made mRNA.  When injected into our arms, the new mRNA vaccines instruct some of our cells to make a harmless piece of “spike protein” on their own surfaces, like the spikes found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. Next, our bodies’ overall immune systems recognize the spiky proteins as “foreign bodies,” and our immune systems begin making antibodies to kill the cells that have spikes. At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to kill any and all cells that have spikes, thus protecting us against future infection from real COVID-19 viruses. 100
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    There is no historical evidence that the Old Master ever lived, or that he wrote the Tao Te Ching. A number of scholars believe that the little book was written by a collaboration of authors. Legend says that after writing the book, Lao Tzu retired alone into the mountains, never to be heard from again. 207 Livia Kohn and Michael Lafargue, eds., Lao-Tzu and the Tao-Te-Ching, 1998, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0-7914-3599-1.
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