I’m now reading, The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions, by R. Wagner and A. Briggs. Wagner is an Oxford artist and writer and Briggs is a Professor of Nanomaterials there. In their book they examine the intermingling of religion and science: Science being thinker’s Penultimate curiosity. Science was drawn along in the “slip-stream” of religious and philosophical thought.
Course metaphysics offer another view. When the silly”…tiny mad idea,” that God’s creative thought, His One Son, considered a reality separate from God: God placed the Holy Spirit in the Right Mind part of the Son’s separated mind. That is God’s timeless gift.
That presence was and still is the spark of spirituality within all of us. It was in the minds of prehistoric humans who made art on cave walls. Socrates had certain feeling that God guided him to defy the Athenians who executed him. (Wagner and Briggs’ p.82-83)
They include a series of quotes from The Metaphysic in their section, “Aristotle’s Arche,” to show his commitment to, “theologia, which is, “the consideration of greater matters, first cause,…the Arche, the principle on which depend the sensible universe and the world of nature.” Aristotle identifies the Arche as God; wrote that God was all good, contemplative ─ as we should be ─ which leads us to seek knowledge of “what is noble or divine…itself actually divine …the divinest part of us.” (p.88-91)
For me that is the Holy Spirit
Here is part of the Holy Spirit definition from the Clarification of Terms.
The Holy Spirit is described as the remaining Communication Link between God and His separated Sons. In order to fulfill this special function the Holy Spirit has assumed a dual function. He knows because He is part of God; He perceives because He was sent to save humanity. [C.6.3.1-3]
This gift from God is ever-present within our Holy Mind, the right mind of our separated self. It has been felt, reflected on and pondered by seekers for millennia. We and they have felt and cherished it. It sustains and helps us.
I’ll reflect further on The Penultimate Curiosity focusing on connecting the Holy Spirit to Briggs and Wagner’s thinking. (Oxford University Press,2016)