Jul 2 1997
Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish. ...Such bridging ministries must be nurtured and encouraged. Nowhere is this more clear than in the current environmental crisis....It has the potential to unify and renew religious life . (Emphasis in original.) 7
To the ancients, the Nile was a god to be venerated, as was the Rhine, an infinite source of European myths, or the Amazonian forest, the mother of forests. Throughout the world, nature was the abode of the divinities that gave the forest, the desert or the mountains a personality which commanded worship and respect. The Earth had a soul. To find that soul again, to give it new life, that is the essence of Rio. 8
I want to share three images of God...and how these... [goddesses] transformed my Christianity....Kali, Quani, and Enna [are]...my new Trinity....Kali is...a Hindu image. Quani is Buddhist....Enna...is the indigenous goddess of Philippines...." 10 [W]e are here together, in order to destroy the patriarchal idolatry of Christianity.... 11
Combining verbal fireworks with a performance by Korean and aboriginal dancers, Chung rendered a dramatic evocation of a female Holy Spirit. ...[which] she linked...to that of Hagar..." exploited and abandoned by Abraham and Sarah." Chung then burned bits of paper bearing the names of other exploited spirits--which she said were full of "han," the Korean word for anger....Chung said, "I also know that I no longer believe in an omnipotent, Macho, warrior God who rescues all good guys and punishes all bad guys...." 13
Pope John Paul II sought common ground [in West Africa] with believers in voodoo Thursday, suggesting they would not betray their traditional faith by converting to Christianity [Catholicism]. On the second day of his 10th African pilgrimage, the Pope held a dramatic and emotional meeting with priests of the vodun ....The Pope told the voodooists that just as they draw on their ancestors for their religion, so do Christians [Catholics] revere their "ancestors in the faith...." 16
For many Asians, we see god in the wind, in the fire, in the tree, in the ocean. We are living with god, it is just energy...it is in the sun, in the ocean, it is from the ground and it is from the trees....If you feel very tired and you feel you don't have any energy to give, what you do is you go to a big tree and ask tree, "Give me some of your life energy!" 21
22 Norman Vincent Peale, PLUS: The Magazine of Positive Thinking , 37:4, May 1986, Part II, 23.