The modern-day Apostle Paul Tillich warned
that a culture dominated by religion
stagnates/becomes monolithic uniformity/
loses the dynamism of pluralism/
degenerates morally into legalistic conformity/
ironically loses its inner Spirit.
Most nation-states form their solidarity around a religion
but America has always been religiously pluralistic –
therefore, the Founding Fathers
wisely built solidarity not on religion
but on self-evident truths.
Humanists are always concerned
that belief in God limits human freedom
and creates apathy to life on Earth.
However, this is misguided thinking:
belief in God does not block freedom and dignity
because God is the Source
of freedom and dignity.
Also, believing in our future union with God
does not block our discharging present responsibilities –
God wants us rooted and perfected in God
which provides both stability and motivation to act now.
Theism naturally gives birth to the idea of resurrection
and a spiritualized and transcendent view of the self
which humanism completely misses
making humanists ironically unable to really help humans
since real humanness involves divinization –
being filled to overflowing with God and God’s love
so your love flows out to all sentient beings.
Mystics always find a God who does not
judge/compare/differentiate/compete – since all these block love.
Our minds are meant to be like God’s:
all-embracing, all-loving receptors and givers.
The Apostle John spoke of Jesus as the revelation
of our solidarity with God/ourselves/others on a local scale.
The Apostle Paul spoke of Christ revealing unity on a cosmic scale:
“Through Christ, God was pleased to reconcile all things
to God whether in Heaven or on Earth” (Colossians 1:20)
so that “God may be All in All” (I Corinthians 5:28).