Starting with Copernicus and then Galileo,
heliocentrism – the Sun as the center of things
not the Earth – the new cosmology
totally upset the watermelon cart
displaced God’s immutability/hierarchy/
humans as the center of the universe/
our race as the center of God’s care/
the stable relationship between self/cosmos/God
was completely disrupted.
No wonder Alan Watts, who embraced eastern mysticism,
noted that modern culture is peculiar:
every other culture, East and West,
from 6000 years ago to the birth of modern science
believed in the Great Chain of Being.
However, we can rediscover this Great Chain
by recognizing our bodies, thru sexual intercourse
have been coming out of each other:
male out of female, female out of male
since day one – the whole human race is one –
one flesh/one body/one blood.
And now in addition we recognize
that it took the universe 13.7 billion years
to create YOU – from atoms/molecules/cells/
your thousands of ancestors/to YOU –
YOU are 13.7 billion years old –
think about it – YOU are made of the dust of stars –
stardust – and God chose YOU
before the foundation of the universe.
Other scientists further disrupted all things –
besides Darwin, the new physics
changed our view of the cosmos
as dynamic and relational not static.
And new quantum laws incorporated chance
and indeterminism. But chance does not change
the cosmos into a lottery –
it is the way the universe explores
and realizes its potential:
the divinized human being –
YOU filled to the full with GOD.