original emergence of life and consciousness in the
universe is...attributed to chance in modern cosmology.
When scholastic theology encountered inexplicable elements
of reality, it frequently deemed them mysteries. When
science encounters such elements, it now tends to regard
them as random chance events. B. Alan Wallacex. Choosing Reality,
The Ground of Creativity
One of the spiritual realities for which one must
account in a philosophy or theology is that of creativity. Creativity is
a reality that we both sense and experience in ourselves and others. As
humans we obviously have this dimension, but is there another source or
ground of this marvelous aspect of our experience?
To his significant credit, Rupert
Sheldrake has wrestled with the aspects of physical and biological
morphology, and as one of the world's foremost thinkers he has given this
question some deserved thought. In a conference-seminar where we were
both lecturers and where the existing paradigms in the public
consciousness were significantly challenged he suggested both in a
lecture and in discussions that there seem to be four general
possibilities. He proposed these four basic sources or explanations for
the ground of creativity:
- Chance or possibility
- Traditional God/Creator
- Random mixing of Platonic forms
- The physical universe itself is a living intelligent organism
1. Chance or possibility. In the godless,
(no creator) "scientistic" or evolutionary paradigm the ultimate ground or
explanation of creativity, of course, lies in the paradigm's overarching
reality of chance or possibility. Along with matter as we know it,
life, intelligence, love, morality, aesthetics, and other human
dimensions, creativity is just the first or merely one in a series of "happy
accidents" or emergent properties that have developed to give us our humanity and reality as we
know it. Well, who is to say that it couldn't happen? Me, at
2. Traditional God/Creator. Probably not much
needs to be said about this, because this is becoming less and less
believable, and more and more repugnant to those that believe in the
nobility of humankind, and are less and less enchanted with the
traditional definition of God.
3. Random mixing of Platonic forms. Not sure what this means
but the key word must be random.
4. The physical universe itself is a living and intelligent
organism. This is one of those grandiose propositions that have such
widespread appeal because they are so sweeping and extensive. It is really
just a new wrinkle on an old doctrine called pantheism, but more and
more non-mainstream thinkers and scientists are going there. But what is
there? Would the universe be a person? With personality? What properties of
personhood could we then project upon ths universe person? Does it need
anything? Does it want anything? Does it get lonely get lonely? Can we
relate to this universe person in any meaningful way?
This paradigm makes us a sub-form of life, kind of like
being less than fleas on a dog, but there isn't anything we can do about it.
The mind apparently has no where to go in dealing with the ultimate issues.
Therefore it excuses
the believers from dealing with the messier aspects of reality, such as suffering
and the origin of evil, and they can just concentrate on their work in a
more sterile spiritual environment.
Of course, what makes sense to me is what this site promulgates: the idea that the originator of all
things is, was, and always will be totally and only human, and we are
descendants. Therefore, we CAN understand and deal with the ultimate issues,
there IS SOMEWHERE TO GO! And the ground of creativity actually lies just where we currently experience it–in
minds of human beings.