I’m passing on what I learned in Wagner and Briggs’, The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in The Slipstream of Ultimate Questions, because they imbue their story with ongoing and persistent beliefs that God created the universe. Their elaborate title hides their straightforward chronicle of Science and religion from, as their first chapter relates, “In the Beginning,” to our present time. They tell us how, during those eons, science evolved and progressed in religion’s “Slipstream.”
Stories of scientists’ discoveries were related beside prevailing restrictions from religious authorities. Scientists danced a cautious tango between their discoveries, religious beliefs and their institutional support. For instance, religious inscriptions were chiseled above the entrances of the first science buildings at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
In my previous posts I have often mentioned this basic ACIM principle:
God has nothing to do with this world.
The following passage from the Clarification of Terms, Part 4, TRUE PERCEPTION–KNOWLEDGE, states that clearly.
The world you see is an illusion of a world. God did not create it, for what He creates must be eternal as Himself. Yet there is nothing in the world you see that will endure forever. Some things will last in time a little while longer than others. But the time will come when all things visible will have an end.
Briggs and Wagner prove that we need a miracle (aka, according to the Course definition) to change our mind about creation. Thousands of years of science wandering in “The Slipstream of Ultimate Questions” reinforced creation beliefs. No scientists discussed in this book took the position that God has nothing to do with this world. Nor do any of them now!
One reason why ACIM is difficult to accept is due to the basic Course principle we see in the above passage. But, on the other hand, Jesus’ teaching in ACIM helps us to answer our ultimate questions.
1. How did we get here? We’re not.
2. What are we doing here, and why? We are dreaming caused by our
3. Where are we going?
Nowhere, because we are still, as spirit, with God in Heaven.
In Jesus’ new Lord’s Prayer (below, and which I discussed at length last June) we find ways to accept and contemplate Heaven. In sentence one we ask for help to accept our true existence as spirit where there are no illusions ─ Heaven. The thoughts throughout the prayer occur in our Minds in our true reality in Heaven.
Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. Our holiness is Yours. What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect? The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love. Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will. And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. Amen. (my emphasis) [T-16.VII.12]
The final sentence asks that we receive only what god gives us, eternal life as spirit in Heaven.
When I let my mind wander into attack thoughts I use this prayer to change it to loving thoughts. That helps me slip into a calm sleep, and in daily behavior to be as calm as possible in ways I interact with my fellow humans.