The Book of Continuing Creation: The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos, by J.X. Mason, is also called The Interacting Processes of Continuing Creation. These Processes make up a “Whole of All Wholes” which is clearly evident in the beauty of the world. That Whole of All Wholes provides a strong and flexible Spiritual Path based firmly on Nature, Reason, and Science (without any myths of miracles).
Important historical antecedents to Our Path are “Process Theology” and “Process Philosophy,” which we discuss in an Essay called “Forerunners to This Book.” But Process theologians and philosophers never talk much about what those Processes are. We address that question throughout The Book of Continuing Creation, but this Blog Post gives the reader a quick list of many of those Processes.
What Are the “Processes of Continuing Creation?”
Continuing Creation is itself a summation of all natural processes, whereby an energy flow such as we have here on Earth from our sun, combines simple components (atoms) into ever more differentiated and complex structures – molecules, simple one-celled organisms, millions of diverse complex organisms, consciousness, tools and tool use, culture, art, science, and engineering.
We can be more specific by listing out many of the sub-processes that make up the Process of Continuing Creation. Some of them are words that end in “-sis,” like synthesis, photosynthesis, catalysis, electrolysis, and analysis. Others are words that end in “-ence,” like transference, transcendence, and emergence. And there are process-words that appear to be fairly unique – like birth, life, growth, and death.
But the biggest group of sub-processes seems to be words that end in “-ion.” In no particular order, these include:
Creation, differentiation, combination, competition, cooperation, fusion, evaporation, crystallization, eruption, formation, reproduction, invention, fission, radiation, escalation, differentiation, combination, evolution, reaction, ionization, accretion, socialization, education, fertilization, dissolution, dispersion, creative-destruction, democratization, demarcation, taxation, representation, delineation, gentrification, predation, attraction, perforation, transformation, erosion, hydration, reduction, polymerization, condensation, visualization, symbolization, expression, enumeration, codification, comprehension, sterilization, vaccination, mobilization, transportation, navigation, decoration, randomization, replication, migration, and construction.
Of course, the list is hardly complete. The words come from many fields — physics, geology, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociobiology, and political science. Some of the processes are “natural” (pre-human), and some are human made. We include the human-made processes because the actions we human beings take can be important contributions to Continuing Creation.
None of these processes are Omnipresent, Omni-benevolent, Omniscient, or Omnipresent. Therefore, the summation of them all is not a mythical “Omni-God;” rather, their summation is the very real and imperfect Growing, Organizing, Direction, the “Process of All Processes.”
In describing how Continuing Creation works, the two most extensive processes are probably Emergence and Evolution. We devote complete Essays to them:
- Emergence is explained in two Essays: Patterns of Information – How Creation Works; and Complexity and Continuing Creation.
- Evolution is explained in the Essay, Processes of Evolution and Their Meaning.
- Many traditional conservative theologians in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam reject the Science of Evolution. We dispel their arguments in our Essay, Answering Evolution’s Critics.
Note: This Blog Post is largely an excerpt from the Essay, Theological Forerunners to This Book.