In early Christianity, theology and prayer
were never divorced. Evagrius of Pontus (345-399 CE):
“The theologian is the one who prays
and the one who prays is a theologian.”
Later on, Thomas à Kempis wrote in The Imitation of Christ
“If you look at Creation, the Creator
withdraws his gaze from you.”
So, Christians have had an anti-Creation/
which is ironically contrary to the Creation-centered
spirituality of the Bible.
But the theory of evolution changed all that –
evolution does not degrade humans
it shows us we are an integral part
of a vast web of earthly relationships.
But science only tells us ‘how’ we got here –
we need religion to tell us ‘why’ we are here – our purpose.
The idea of Christian cosmology
is in the Greek Fathers of the Church
particularly Irenaeus, who wrote that, in Christ,
the universe finds its meaning and goal.
The Uni-Verse, the One Verse, the One Poem
is thoroughly relational/communal/erotic –
wanting union even at the molecular level –
‘gravity’ is ‘mutual attraction between bodies’ – ‘eroticism’ –
its all part of the love that makes the Universe go round –
to ‘be’ is to ‘be with’ – the ‘we’ always precedes the ‘I’
just as the sexual union of a man and woman precedes children –
no one can say “I did it all on my own”
or “I did it my way – alone.”
Mantras are not words that mediate rational meaning –
they are vehicles that carry the spirit to one’s depths
and give us solitude to make us ‘uselessly present’ to God
which connects us to love in our depths
which connects us to others –
solitude is thus the erotic foundation
upon which community is built –
the purpose of life is the same as the purpose
of the Universe – to make love.