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Karen Armstrong is one of the world's best-known writers on religion, but her own spiritual path hasn't been easy. She tells us why she joined a convent and then left - and how she later came to appreciate religious texts.
Might we define God as Love, and define acts of love as acts that sustain or enhance live?
For a scientist, God could be “those conditions and forces which are present, and then beings are able to care for other beings.” An act of caring and an act of love would both be acts which sustain or enhance life.
Can you see your life as the result of your cells caring for each other? Think of your heart cells and how they contract 70 times a minute, 100,000 times a day, all the days of your life, so that all your cells have the oxygen and clean blood they need. That same blood brings them food and takes away their toxic wastes. Think of your red blood cells, always there to deliver oxygen to all your cells. Think of all your healthy cells and how each has a job that sustains and enhances the lives of all your other cells.
These acts of love over the last 600 million years have created cells, and helped them evolve into beings whose cells take better and better care of each other.
Just as cells live in societies that evolve, so people live in societies that evolve, and over time the people in human societies are learning to take better and better care of each other. Isiah 11:6 claims “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” Steven Pinker, an atheist, in his book “The better angels of our nature” claims we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. He shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history.
If people might see human society evolving like the society of their cells, we might evolve more quickly toward a day when men will care for each other as well as their cells care for each other, and atheists and the religious might be united in a common dream.
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