Epic of Evolution  
 

 

"The most meaningful activity in which a human being can be engaged is one that is directly related to human evolution."
~ Jonas Salk

 

Quotations

"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." ~ Theodosius Dobzhansky

"The goal of the Epic of Evolution is to "inspire grateful service to the enduring promise of life on the planet." ~ Loyal Rue

"Whether he likes it or not, [man] is responsible for the whole further evolution of our planet." ~ Julian Huxley.

"The evolutionary epic is probably the best myth we will ever have". ~ Edward O. Wilson, biologist

"Man is nothing but evolution become conscious of itself." ~ Julian Huxley

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." ~ Winston Churchill

"The stories of evolution have the power to unite all peoples."~ Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan"

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." ~ William James

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." ~ H.G. Wells

"Our species is far too clever to survive without wisdom." ~ E.F.Schumacker

“Whoever does not understand how he came will not understand how he will go.” ~ Jesus, in Dialog of the Savior

"The global crisis we are now facing is, at its root, a crisis of consciousness - a crisis born of the fact that we have prodigious technological powers but still remain half awake. We need to awaken to who we are and what we really want." ~ Peter Russell from "A Singularity in Time."

"The more we know about nature, the more we know about the mind of God." ~ Thomas Keating

"Never before have we been able to access such spiritual wisdom." ~ Peter Russell

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. " ~ Charles Darwin

"The problem of survival is not fundamentally technological. It is spiritual and moral. It is evolutionary." ~ David Grinspoon

"The most meaningful activity in which a human being can be engaged is one that is directly related to human evolution." ~ Jonas Salk

I find the epic of evolution, from the "Hot Big Bang" to Homo sapiens, an illumination of how the Creator God is and has been creating." ~ Arthur Peacocke, Biochemist and Priest

The universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. We can read the story of the universe in the trees. Everything tells the story of the universe. The winds tell the story, literally, not just imaginatively. The story has its imprint everywhere, and that is why it is so important to know the story. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself.
~ Thamas Berry

“Someday after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness . . . the energies of love. Then for the second times in history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin

The Great Story of evolution gives "a message of realistic hope and inspiration, grounded in reason, inspired by faith." ~ Rev. Michael Dowd

The purpose of religion is to “orient people toward the cosmos in a way that they feel they belong.” ~ Rabbi Zalman Schacher-Shalomi

"The order of the universe is toward compassion." ~ Pete Terpenning

"The evolutionary epic is probably the best myth we will ever have. ~ Edward O. Wilson, biologist"

"Our human destiny is integral with the destiny of the earth." ~ Thomas Berry

The Bible was written to show us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go." ~ Cardinal Baronius (1598), a quote cited by Galileo.

"The emergence of organisms who are conscious of the direction of evolution is one of the most important steps in the evolution of life on any planet. Once organisms discover the direction of evolution, they can use it to guide their own evolution. If they know where evolution is going, they can work out what will produce success in the future, and use this to plan how they will evolve." ~ John Stewart in Evolution's Arrow

"There are two stages in the criticism of myths. . . .  The first treats them angrily as superstitions; the second treats them smilingly as poetry. . . .  Religion is human experience interpreted by human imagination. . . .  The idea that religion contains a literal, not a symbolic representation of the truth and life, is simply an impossible idea." ~ George Santayana: Reason in Science

".. if you have found something shared by most or even all humans, you have probably found something of profound significance." ~Ken Wilber

"Truth has to appear only once in a single mind, for it to be impossible ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in Heart of Matter.

"Science and religion look at the same reality through different windows." ~ Freeman Dyson

"My objection to supernatural beliefs is precisely that they miserably fail to do justice to the sublime grandeur of the real world. They represent a narrowing-down from reality, an impoverishment of what the real world has to offer." ~ Richard Dawkins

Science guides our knowing, religion guides our loving. Humans need both.

"Someday after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness . . . the energies of love. Then for the second times in history of the world, man will have discovered fire." ~ Pierre Teillard de Chardin

"Our individual self finds its most complete realization within our family self, our community self, our species self, our earthly self, and eventually our universe self." ~ Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry

"All professions, all work, all activity in the human world finds its essential meaning in the context of a people's cosmic story." ~ Brian Swimme

"The true evolutionary epic, retold as poetry, is as intrisically ennobling as any religious epic."~ Edward O. Wilson

"I see a science that tells us there is indeed a design to life. And the name of that design is evolution." ~ Kenneth Miller, author of Finding Darwin's God

To YOU I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. ~ Woody Allen

Religion will not regain its old power until it can face change in the same spirit as does science. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science. ~ Albert Einstein

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. ~Oscar Wilde

In our diffences lie our solutions.

No person who is ignorant can ever be free. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being. ~ Carl Jung

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." ~ Alan Kay, computer scientist

"Be the change you wish to see."

Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is nothing but a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God and of giving himself more to Him. ~ Teilhard de Chardin, Priest and paleontologist

All things are continually in the process of beginning to be created. ~ Meister Eckhart, 14th Century Christian Mystic

"We are the Earth become conscious." ~ Julian Huxley

"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." ~ Robert Jastrow in God and the Astronomers

"Science wants to know the mechanism of the universe, religion the meaning. The two cannot be separated." ~ Charles Townes, physicist

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." ~ Albert Einstein

"The time has come for biology to go beyond the Doctrine of Common Descent." ~ Carl Woese

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." ~ Galileo

"God said to Abraham, 'But for me, you would not be here.' 'I know that, Lord,' Abraham answered, 'but were I not here, there would be no one to think about you.'" ~Traditional Jewish Tale

“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” ~  Albert Einstein

“God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed -- that is the meaning of evolution.” ~ Graham Greene

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." ~Alan Kay, computer scientist

“Every phase of evolution commences by being in a state of unstable force and proceeds through organization to equilibrium. Equilibrium having been achieved, no further development is possible without once more oversetting the equilibrium. ” ~ Kabbalah

“Humanity is faced with a stark choice: evolve or die.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it.”

"It has taken millions of years to make preparations for what we are now to accomplish in this one lifetime. . . . such is the amazement of GOD’s hand . . . known to us as evolution". ~ Guru Singh

"The global crisis we are now facing is, at tis root, a crisis fof consciousness - a crisis born of the fact that we have prodigious technological powers but still remain half awake. We need to awaken to who we are and what we really want." ~ Peter Russell from "A Singularity in Time."

"Never before have we been able to access such spiritual wisdom." ~ Peter Russell

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. " ~ Charles Darwin

"The problem of survival is not fundamentally technological. It is spiritual and moral. It is evolutionary." ~ David Grinspoon

"The most meaningful activity in which a human being can be engaged is one that is directly related to human evolution." ~ Jonas Salk

I find the epic of evolution, from the "Hot Big Bang" to Homo sapiens, an illumination of how the Creator God is and has been creating." ~ Arthur Peacocke, Biochemist and Priest

“Someday after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness . . . the energies of love. Then for the second times in history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin

The Great Story of evolution gives "a message of realistic hope and inspiration, grounded in reason, inspired by faith." ~ Rev. Michael Dowd

The purpose of religion is to “orient people toward the cosmos in a way that they feel they belong.” ~ Rabbi Zalman Schacher-Shalomi

"The order of the universe is toward compassion." ~ Pete Terpenning

"The evolutionary epic is probably the best myth we will ever have. ~ Edward O. Wilson, biologist"

"The stories of evolution have the power to unite all peoples. "~ Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan"

"The more we know about nature, the more we know about the mind of God." ~ Thomas Keating

"Our human destiny is integral with the destiny of the earth." ~ Thomas Berry

The Bible was written to show us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go." ~ Cardinal Baronius (1598), a quote cited by Galileo.

"The emergence of organisms who are conscious of the direction of evolution is one of the most important steps in the evolution of life on any planet. Once organisms discover the direction of evolution, they can use it to guide their own evolution. If they know where evolution is going, they can work out what will produce success in the future, and use this to plan how they will evolve." ~ John Stewart in Evolution's Arrow

"There are two stages in the criticism of myths. . . .  The first treats them angrily as superstitions; the second treats them smilingly as poetry. . . .  Religion is human experience interpreted by human imagination. . . .  The idea that religion contains a literal, not a symbolic representation of the truth and life, is simply an impossible idea." ~ George Santayana: Reason in Science

".. if you have found something shared by most or even all humans, you have probably found something of profound significance." ~Ken Wilber

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."  (Matthew 22:35-40)

"Truth has to appear only once in a single mind, for it to be impossible ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in Heart of Matter.

"Science and religion look at the same reality through different windows." ~ Freemon Dyson

"My objection to supernatural beliefs is precisely that they miserably fail to do justice to the sublime grandeur of the real world. They represent a narrowing-down from reality, an impoverishment of what the real world has to offer." ~ Richard Dawkins

Science guides our knowing, religion guides our loving. Humans need both.

"Someday after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness . . . the energies of love. Then for the second times in history of the world, man will have discovered fire." ~ Pierre Teillard de Chardin

"Our individual self finds its most complete realization within our family self, our community self, our species self, our earthly self, and eventually our universe self." ~ Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry

"All professions, all work, all activity in the human world finds its essential meaning in the context of a people's cosmic story." ~ Brian Swimme

"The true evolutionary epic, retold as poetry, is as intrisically ennobling as any religious epic."~ Edward O. Wilson

"I see a science that tells us there is indeed a design to life. And the name of that design is evolution." ~ Kenneth Miller, author of Finding Darwin's God

"The evolutionary epic is probably the best myth we will ever have". ~ Edward O. Wilson, biologist

"Man is nothing but evolution become conscious of itself." ~ Julian Huxley

"Whether he likes it or not, [man] is responsible for the whole further evolution of our planet." ~ Julian Huxley.

To YOU I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. ~ Woody Allen

Religion will not regain its old power until it can face change in the same spirit as does science. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. ~ William James

What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science. ~ Albert Einstein

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. ~Oscar Wilde

In our diffences lie our solutions.

No person who is ignorant can ever be free. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being. ~ Carl Jung

Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is nothing but a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God and of giving himself more to Him. ~ Teilhard de Chardin, Priest and paleontologist

All things are continually in the process of beginning to be created.
~ Meister Eckhart, 14th Century Christian Mystic

"We are the Earth become conscious."

"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." ~ Robert Jastrow in God and the Astronomers

"Science wants to know the mechanism of the universe, religion the meaning. The two cannot be separated." ~ Charles Townes, physicist

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." ~ Albert Einstein

"The time has come for biology to go beyond the Doctrine of Common Descent." ~ Carl Woese

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." ~ Galileo

"God said to Abraham, 'But for me, you would not be here.' 'I know that, Lord,' Abraham answered, 'but were I not here, there would be no one to think about you.'" ~Traditional Jewish Tale

“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” ~  Albert Einstein

“God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed -- that is the meaning of evolution.” ~ Graham Greene


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