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We feel that the Science vs God or Charles Darwin vs Religion and Faith furore, although less intense than
previously, has yet to
be settled and that we have something to contribute to the debate or controversy.
Our extensive Spiritual and Poetry insights quotations pages are bursting at the seams with examples of how profound truths are recognised, and applauded, by a Spiritual-Poetical aspect that seems to be innate to Human Nature. To demonstrate this We have developed three brief and impact-full introductory reviews that are intended to demonstrate something of the depth of reliable Wisdoms and Insights available here at Age-of-the-Sage.
We hope that you will be very seriously intrigued by assessing how the "Poetical" wisdoms, the "Interfaith" wisdoms and the "Christian" wisdoms that are collected on our site are both individually valid and also have strong similarities despite their diversity of origin:-
Wisdom Quotes from the Great Poets
Wisdom Quotes from Interfaith SourcesThese spiritual insights quotations demonstrate the recognition of individual important Spiritual Truths by one of the world religions in the case of each "Truth":-
Wisdom Quotes from Christian SourcesA selection of wisdom quotes that demonstrate the profound depth of the insights that are recognised by Christian authorities are set out below. They are sourced from the Bible and also from the works of Thomas a Kempis whose "Of the Imitation of Christ" ranks as the second most widely read Christian text after the Bible itself.
If you will be so open-minded as to give our presentation of the QUITE AWESOME Wisdoms that have been won by the Mystics and Poets a fair hearing we believe that we can firmly establish your own opinion of their collective insights as one of appreciation and respect.
The preceding reviews constitute examples of mystical faith and of spiritual-poetical truth but we cannot deny that there were two people named Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace who did much to "intellectually" discredit religious belief lessening the weight of importance that western culture has recently given to the wisdoms discerned by the mystics and the poets and opening up a wide-ranging science vs god or charles darwin vs religion and faith debate or controversy.
World Wide Humanity has a very long history of sincere involvement with religious practice! This history of involvement has, in ways, been called into question by Evolutionism. Not only the more longstanding physical Evolutionism that is associated with Charles Darwin but also by the more recent behavioural evolutionism as represented by the increasingly prominent science of Evolutionary Psychology.
To set against these Evolutionisms we have the deeply impact-FULL and inherently persuasive Enlightenments, Wisdoms, and Insights of the Poets and Mystics.
We at age-of-the-sage.org consider the way in which the awesome insights of the Poets, and the Mystics, have been overlooked in Humanity's search for understanding to be nothing short of a downright scandal.
Late in his life Charles Darwin was approached by a publisher who encouraged the preparation of an Autobiograpichal work detailing his life and outlook.
Darwin fell in with this project and indeed seems to have taken it seriously as a record of interest for his own family:-
A German editor having written to me to ask for an account of the development of my mind and character with some sketch of my autobiography, I have thought that the attempt would amuse me, and might possibly interest my children or their children. I know that it would have interested me greatly to have read even so short and dull a sketch of the mind of my grandfather written by himself, and what he thought and did and how he worked. I have attempted to write the following account of myself, as if I were a dead man in another world looking back at my own life. Nor I have I found that difficult, for life is nearly over with me. I have taken no pains about my style of writing.
Charles Darwin's Autobiography, published in 1876, actually contains a sub-section specifically entitled "Religious Beliefs" which contains the following quotations:-
At present the most usual argument for the existence of an intelligent God is drawn from deep inward conviction and feelings which are experienced by most persons. But it cannot be doubted that Hindoos, Mahomadans and others might argue in the same manner and with equal force in favour of the existence of one God, or of many Gods, or as with the Buddhists of no God. ...
Formerly I was led by feelings such as those just referred to, (although I do not think that the religious sentiment was ever strongly developed in me), to the firm conviction of the existence of God, and of the immortality of the soul... ...This argument would be a valid one, if all men of all races had the same inward conviction of the existence of one God; but we know this is very far from being the case. Therefore I cannot see that such inward convictions and feelings are of any weight as evidence of what really exists....
It happens that in our own times sympathetic translations of texts drawn from several World Religions are widely available. Many persons have come to see that there is a "Perennial Philosophy" of agreement that lies at the heart of several World Faiths. The range of agreement between the World Religions about mystical / spiritual truths, in our view, does much to overcome Darwin's objection as just mentioned in the brief excerpt from his autobiography! The World Faiths, immensely socially and historically influential over several millenia but somewhat questioned by rationalisms, particularly in our own times and "in the West", are actually in substantial agreement! There remain mysterious spiritual truths - the impact of which most people can feel mystically or poetically - this, we feel, must habve some bearing on the science vs god debate or controversy.
The term "Perennial Philosophy" is attributed to Leibniz and was used by Aldous Huxley (who was himself actually a grandson of "Darwin's Bulldog" Thomas Henry Huxley) as the title of his own celebrated work that quite deeply explores the Mysticism common to several world religions and faiths.
Human Nature, Human Behaviour and Human Existence in general are all very complex matters. That being said the Poets would have it that people have a certain "Drive to Reason" as well as a "Thirst for Faith."
Some quotations will illustrate this:-
A Drive to ReasonCivilisation is hooped together, brought
Under a rule, under the semblance of peace
By manifold illusion, but Man's life is thought,
And he, despite his terror, cannot cease,
Ravening through century after century
Ravening, raging and uprooting, that he may come
Into the desolation of reality.
W. B. Yeats
A Thirst for Faith
Live while you live, the epicure would say,
Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.
St. AugustineThe main pages of the age-of-the-sage.org Web site are very much about the truly awesome insights of the Poets and Mystics.
The majority of these pages detail and explore the more Spiritual insights that have been won by those adept in Poetry or in Mysticism across the globe and across the ages. Some of our pages, however, continue into the realms of Metaphysics and show how Poets and Mystics have actually won KEY insights into Existence in general.
The following images are examples of the more Metaphysical insights that have been won into Human Existence:-
The above views of Human Nature / the Tripartite Soul suggest that people are essentially the same yet differences exist in terms of ethnocultural and confessional heritages.
We cannot deny that despite suggestions of a deep similarity in human nature across the Millenia and across the Globe there have been, for good and for ill, some notable "extreme?" personalities.
Several of our pages are full of awesomely profound quotations drawn from the Mysticism that is to be found at the very heart of the World Religions. We expect that those who read them with an open mind will be obliged to accept that people are indeed Spiritual and that that Spirituality allows people to become Enlightened as they make "Spiritual Progress" towards some mysterious Absolute Spirituality that has an independent existence.
We hope that, even if you are interested in human nature from a "purely scientific" standpoint, you will take the trouble to access our Metaphysical Insights pages and possibly also our Poetic Insights and Spiritual Insights pages.
If you do we hope that you will be impressed by the profundity of the insights into Human Nature, into Spirituality, and into Existence, that have been attained by the Poets and Mystics.
We cannot "Explain" these insights but nonetheless feel that people should be aware of them.
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