BEYOND FALL/REDEMPTION: THE NEW STORY
by Ted Schmidt
To preserve the natural world as the primary revelation of the divine must be the basic concern of religion.
Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Contemporary atonement ideas have succeeded primarily in turning God into a child-abusing heavenly parent. They have also turned Jesus into being the ultimate, perhaps even the masochistic, victim of a sadistic father God.
For "in him we live and move and have our being" as even some of your poets have said.
In 1969 the extraordinary Apollo space walk beamed back to earth the luminous and breathtaking shots of "the big blue marble," our planet in all its radiance. This stunned the human community and the words of British astronomer and cosmologist Fred Hoyle (d.2001) soon became true: "Once a photograph of the earth taken from the outside is available a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose." Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and proved a powerful stimulus to the global community. The first real shoots of green consciousness began to appear.