Abdication: God Steps Down for Good

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Monotheism, as known in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, seems to have reached a dead end from which no more generous view of humanity can be expected. Its view of man as a craven, fallen sinner in need of salvation and redemption by a heavenly father is insufficient to prevent man from destroying himself and endangering the planet. The suicide-bomber-with-nuclear-bomb ready to blow the planet to hell and kingdom come, is one image of this failure. Another is the end-times anticipator of apocalypse, rapture, judgment day, and a new heaven and earth. Ubiquitous holy wars are a third. On a planet where 1,750 million or more years of good living should lie before us, we have managed to fashion deadly scenarios of immediate crisis and death, and then expected God to intervene and save us. It’s been our game all along. We must clean up our own messes. God, with our thanks, should be allowed to abdicate, and retire from anthropoid form back into the physical world. Here, now, at the beginning of human history, humanity, with the help of science, needs to reinvent itself, reassess the meaning of life, and reconfigure its relationship to God.

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