Theology of Balance

Gulley and Mulholland refer to a “theology of separation.” (2004) We live in a very dualistic world of boundaries, borders, ultra-competition, ethnocentrism, and ethnosolipsism. I ask, “What will it take for established religions to accept a Theology of Balance?” In my mind a balance-based theology is one of syncretism, consilience, and synthesis. It is a theology of connection, belonging, and inclusiveness. I postulate that a balance-based theology is a “theology of inclusion,” (Pearson, 2010) open to all people, and encourages  people to express their views and ideas. A theology of balance must advance beyond the historicity of a dualistic double-edge sword exhihited by the major religions. That is, most religions can exhibit great kindness to fellow believers, but often manifest great cruelty to those who have different beliefs. A balanced-based religion is open to all people, and will treat all human beings the same.

A balance-based theology is open to gnostic experiential knowing and doesn’t fear questions. A balance-based theology encourages a healthy skepticism and is open to objective scientific based knowledge. Such a theology will admit that up to this time in history there is zero scientific exculpatory evidence of a supernatural being (God). Huberman stated, “the religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.”(2007) A theology of balance accepts theological evolution and understands that as we know more about Nature, and human nature religions should and must change with that new knowledge. Authoritarian dogma means little. Doctrines are man-made ideas and these ideas must change as we learn and experience more of human existence. Thomas Hobbes argued in Leviathan that ethics must be freed from authority. According to Elaine Pagel, “the purpose of accepting authority is to learn to outgrow it. When one becomes mature, no longer needs any external authority.”

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