I want to pose a thread that we could turn into an official Theophiliac document. In order for this to work, however, I would appreciate your time and effort in a few responses to this idea. If we decide this topic lacks the interest of the many, we can skip it. If most of us are interested in this subject, let us continue on in its dialogue.
I believe one issue we have not touched, is rarely breached in systematics, is the issue of sustenance. The world as we know it had previously not existed. From the time of nonexistence to the present something happened.
Some people, namely Jeremy, probably believe the whole of something exploded and some atoms or some crap … blah blah blah … spinning, exploding, fire and galaxies … then, Earth.
Some Fundamentalists, ahem … (reed), believe the earth is like, 20 years old and Jesus made it with a magic wand, and since he used a magic wand he had to be punished … then Harry Potter was written and demons were freed … its really complicated, but at the end of it all … Earth.
The whole point is, I would like to hear your view on how the world (cosmos) and existence started, and upon that, your belief of the sustaining of creation (or of the evolutionary system, Jeremy). From this I would like to move, not immediately mind you, to a theology of Sustenance. A belief of what the creator does with the creation; in action, reaction and in lieu of our cultural understandings of god.
Let me know what you think (as response to this post) then please post your own response.
I am adding a little addendum to this to clarify what it is we are doing in this Sustenance conversation.
Our goal will be to eventually get to the subject of sustenance. I feel this subject will only arrive appropriately as we ease into it through a conversation about origins.
In sustenance I wish to cover a myriad of different subjects concerning an idea: sustenance. This is, we as beings are sustained, or motivated by something other than just the drive to exist as humanity. I admit the subject in itself derives a bit of a conclusion, that one is sustained. I would like to eventually come to this after origins. Again, I labeled this as origins so that we could think along these lines.
I apologize for my lack of clarity. If any further is needed please let me know.