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5-30-21 Talk Notes: The World You Thought You Knew (Rev. Mark Schindler)

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman


The Central Doctrines of Science:

  • “All properties and events…are governed by laws, and those laws are true at every time and place in the universe.” Pg 39
  • “We are making continual progress toward discovery of those laws.” Pg 55


Unity and God:

“God is Spirit, or the creative energy that is the cause of all visible things. God as Spirit is the invisible life and intelligence underlying all physical things.” 

“God is not a being or person having life, intelligence, love, power. God is that invisible, intangible, but very real, something we call life.” Emilie Cady Lessons In Truth pg. 18

“God is the name we give to that unchangeable, inexorable principle at the source of all existence…”Emilie Cady Lessons In Truth pg. 22 

“By the term Mind, we mean God – the universal Principle, which includes all principles…” Charles Fillmore Dynamics For Living


"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said—grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed"? Instead they say, "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way." — Carl Sagan


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.” Albert Einstein The World As I See It 1931