As a resurgence of religious fundamentalism drives—or shackles—the course of human events, the author insists that religion always functions as either a lock on an outmoded past or a creative engine of the evolution of human consciousness. Preferring—in dangerous times—a hopeful view of human possibility, he proposes an evolutionary spiritual vision for our time, and for an uncharted future.
The stakes are high. The fragile ecosphere of a rare life-friendly planet will not survive if its most powerful actor goes on applying its godlike powers to its greedy project of ecocide. But what kind of world would it be if we, the human presence, understood ourselves differently, and abandoned the pursuit of things that are calamitously unworthy of what he calls “this strange amalgam of god and dust”? What if we reckoned differently with our place in this evolving universe?
F. Jay Deacon describes himself as a refugee from Protestant fundamentalism who now finds himself inspired by the Transcendentalism of Emerson and the swelling company of those extending their vision into the leading-edge “integral spirituality” and “evolutionary enlightenment.” In a career that transcended the limitations of his former faith, he served as Director of the Unitarian Universalist Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns. He has served as parish minister of UU congregations including, for a decade, the historic Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. Currently, he serves as minister of Channing Memorial Church, UU, in Newport, Rhode Island.
In Magnificent Journey, he examines fundamentalism, the idea of “God,” human sexuality and marriage equality, the depths and heights of both our failings and our potentialities, the climate emergency that threatens our future; and he offers a serious spiritual alternative for postmodern people, and for our times. He suggests the creative power of communities organized around such a vision, now, just as the consequences of humanity’s most destructive possibilities might seem inescapable.
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If you haven’t yet read Jay Deacon’s book, “Magnificent Journey” , get it, read it. It’s truly a scholarly, necessary, horrifyingly real call to action by one who’s been there and, now is acquiring a lead role away from our crippling, clinging to the past direction. It’s a clear, courageous well put together accounting of where we are as a society and a world and the consequences of our inaction and failure to look at our past and trash it so that we can have a future.