In The Mystic Heart Brother Teasdale pictured a tree
in which the branches are all the religions of the world.
The main branches: Judaism/Christianity/Islam/Buddhism/Hinduism
and the minor ones: Sufism/Shintoism/Confucianism/Bahaism.
and the come-and-gone ones: Greek and Roman gods and goddesses/
It is possible to learn and grow from all these traditions:
from Buddhism, Anthony de Mello, a Catholic mystic
learned “the fantasy of attending your own funeral”
and “the fantasy of your own corpse.”
Many Christians would have become Buddhists
but the tendency of eastern religions
towards world-denial and over-spiritualization
are pitfalls that prevent Christians from embracing the east
and prevent eastern traditions
from discovering the riches of the Incarnation and the Cross.
The intrinsic connection between the mystery of Incarnation
and the mystery of Creation means that in Jesus Christ
we discover the divine clue
not only to the structure and meaning of humanity
but also the entire universe.
Karl Barth’s massive Church Dogmatics
thoroughly Trinitarian and Christocentric
reminded us not to lose sight
of the central doctrines of the faith
while attempting to live Christianity out in the world.
Our image of God is central to our understanding
of how God acts in the world
and central to our attempts to transform this world
rather than deny/withdraw from it.
The question for Catholics at the contemporary crossroads:
do we deny modern theology/cling to old notions of God/
revert to the static medieval worldview
or do we grasp the dynamic evolutionary universe
that constantly raises consciousness
toward integral wholeness:
the unity of God/self/others/the world?