Saturday 18 July 2009

Lynn Margulis' more cooperative vision

A_Life_With_..._Series_5_Microbes">Writer and naturalist Paul Evans meets Prof Lynn Margulis, whose study of the Earth's smallest creatures led to a revolutionary theory for all life on Earth. The cell, symbiosis, Gaia and a row with Richard Dawkins all combine to offer a new perspective on evolution. This can be heard here.

By pointing to this interesting programme I am neither siding with Lynn Margulis nor with Richard Dawkins, I am seeking to highlight what a fresh angle Lynn is postulating.

When Graham Pulkingham and the Fisherfolk visited Dr Challoner's Grammar school, it was inevitable that a rather colourfully dressed bunch of rather anarchic-seeming Americans were not going to even register on the screens of a school which ran mostly on atheism, and getting boy's brains so filled with left-brain facts, that they could pass their exams and link in seemlessly with London Left-brain City life of the 70s and 80s.
Dr Loarridge, the rest of the staff, and the 700 boys, had no idea that what they were seeing modelled before them was at least 40 years ahead of its time, and so they had absolutely no handle on it. It would have been much the same when Jesus and the disciples rolled up in a town.

Had they eyes to see, they would have been excited by an early prototype version of the Body of Christ as lived 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by a loving community, that understood brokenness, and respecting the unique gifting put inside each and every member.
Dr Challoners was such a left-brain institution, that instead it greeted these folks in the same spirit as travelling showmen; that is to say, a brief amusing interlude, in the complex but necessary brief of preparing English schoolboys for the emotional autism of "real life in great Britain".

Thank God we are so far, so far from those days.
In the meantime we have had
Pink Floyd:The Wall. I used to tune Nick Mason's mum's piano(Nick=drummer and sportscar buff, now living in Camilla Parker Bowles old house)
We have had several left-brain geeks, turn volte face to create a new world where Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (Aplle/Ipod) rule OK. It's nolonger a world of pure accountants. Well not completely.

So the point of sharing the above programme is to highlight an alternative to Richard Dawkin's view of history as nature red in tooth and claw...but rather a vision of complementary coordination, of working together in the way that is virtually impossible in the proscribed law-based world understanding since Genesis 3 verse 5:

Where Americans draw up immense tables of function for rolling out McDonalds into every nation, so that 16 year old monosyllabic teens can follow the proscribed behaviours floating ghostlike between the cash registers and the sources of heat,

confident that nobody anywhere will ever connect at a soul level with their clients.

What we are declaring on these blogs is
There is another way of living. We had an initial crack at it in Emsworth....but we didn't know enough of Jesus' roll out plan, His grace-filled Holy Spirit enablement make it work. So 80% are now divorced/ and or nolonger living closely with Jesus.

But now, I am confidently declaring, we do! So look out world!

Ephesians 1:10.......... with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.

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