Meister Eckhart’s Creation Spirituality likely came from the Celts
who spread across Europe and may have come from India
where Hindus saw the divine in all of nature –
From the Patristics, the Church Fathers, to the Middle Ages
cosmology and theology were one
but then the heliocentrism (Sun-centerism) of Copernicus
gave a different cosmology than the Earth-centrism of the Church
so that cosmology and theology divorced
and God was separated from the universe
but this is “deism” not Christianity.
Contemporary theologians cannot ignore the new physics
which is the relativistic and revelatory context in our time –
and the sacred story of the universe is being told by astronomy
with an unimaginable cosmology of billions of galaxies.
And evolution is the process by which Trinity becomes cosmos
and cosmos is Christified –
Unconditional Love (the Father) is poured into the Word (the Son)
forever breathed anew in the Holy Spirit.
Since love is the basis of all created orders
and the Cosmic Christ is first in God’s intention to love
“exoChristology” (the theology of Christ on exoplanets)
claims that planets outside our solar system will be related
to the Cosmic Christ and completed by an Incarnation –
Christ after all is the Alpha and the Omega
the Origin and End of all.
If Christians are to survive in this expanded universe
we need a bigger Jesus – there needs to be a shift
from a focus on the human Jesus of Nazareth
to a focus on Jesus as the incarnation of the Cosmic Christ –
for there might be incarnations of the Cosmic Christ
on exoplanets, incarnations not with the name of Jesus
but with other names
but they would still be the Cosmic Christ Incarnate.
I know this is mind-boggling but so is the new universe.
However, faith allows us to live in confident patience
that God will eventually fulfill all God’s promises
and we will one day understand it all.