QUANTUM RELIGION: The Good News of Rising Consciousness
by Sylvester L. Steffen
Published in 2003, available from AuthorHouse
Energetic "quantum relativity," embodied and encoded in
cosmic rationality, communicates intuitively in all of nature. Quantum-electric relativity
is the "rosetta" code of spirit/matter (theology) and of ritual behavior
(religion). Consciousness is electrical sensitivity encoded in matter. A superficial
reading and interpretation of the cosmos easily obfuscate the natural and subtle codes of
communication, which makes consciousness self-aware. Superficial reading and obfuscation
give rise to misinformed consciousness, these flaw self-awareness. In myths, for example,
only informed glimpses of consciousness surface and not the whole of cosmic complexity.
Quantum theology (belief/learning) is cosmic rationality in process. Faith premised in
partial and misinformed consciousness produces misdirected religion, and actions born of
partially informed faith/consciousness may prove to be destructively harmful over time.
Getting right the intuitive sense of consciousness in the Sacrament of Natural Order
(naturalis sacramentum ordinis) obviates self-injury and sets human relationships in
conscionably right directions.
The Jesuit Theologian Avery Dulles, S.J., (see his August 5, 1967,
article "Faith Come of Age") has perceptively likened the maturing process of
faith (Church) to the process of natural, human maturing. Maturing is in three stages,
childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It is Father (now Cardinal) Dulles' sense that in
America around the late 1930s, Catholicism began to emerge from childhood/adolescence, for
it was until then "the hereditary faith of isolated ethnic groups in ghetto
situations." Mature faith comes of age with the maturity of adult rationality.
Maturity carries with it the gradual, rational reconciliation of modern secularity's need
for critical thinking and of Catholicism's demand for obedience to its authority. Faith
and reason together interpret consciously the codes of vital relativity. In coming to
maturity, faith and reason coalesce seamlessly in self-reflective consciousness. The
seamless rationality of age and experience is wisdom. Seventy years later, it is now
unsure how far (Church) faith has gotten in its struggle to come of age, for as Father
Dulles realizes, "To reconcile traditional Catholicism with modern secularity is
proving difficult indeed."
Perhaps until the code of the quantum-electric "rosetta
stone" is cracked, the maturing of faith will continue to be stymied. The book
QUANTUM RELIGION tackles the cracking (at least identifying the nature) of the code of
quantum relativity as its rationality comes to be expressed in the evolutionary
relationship of Reason, Faith and Purpose. The sorry arrogance of institutional
patriarchy, in the dogmatizing of God's unfinished dialog, is theologically a sin of
mortal proportion and of historical and catastrophic calculation. Its warrant is nothing
less than the attempted shutdown of intuitional rationality.
Advancing together on parallel tracks, matter (prescriptive nature) and
spirit (open consciousness) can and must acquiesce to mutual accommodation in the
passenger coach of essential continuity. Prescriptive male exclusiveness must yield to
intuitive female inclusiveness if the train is to avoid continuing and more consequential
derailments. Getting civilization back on track may begin with a fair minded synthesis of
the luminary thought (wisdom) of great and near contemporaries, and with the bridging of
the divisions between old, partially informed, and now unworkable worldviews, and fresher,
better informed new worldviews.
Avery Dulles, S.J., Faith Come of Age, Theology for Today, AMERICA, A Jesuit magazine,
Vol. 184 No. 7, Whole No. 4519, March 5, 2001, reprinted on pg 15.