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Big History

Big History: Why We Fail to See Life as Life Sees Itself

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?

God in Big History (VIDEOS): Factual Faith, Sacred Realism

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Big History is humanity's first and only creation story derived from global collective learning. While secular, it nevertheless reveals a way of thinking and speaking about God that is undeniably and inescapably real.

My TEDx Talk: Reality Reconciles Science and Religion

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Reality is my God and evidence is my scripture. Big history is my creation story and ecology is my theology. Integrity is my salvation and ensuring a just and healthy future, not just for humanity but for the entire body of life, is my mission.

What Is "Big History"?

David Christian | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
David Christian

Big History studies the history of everything, offering a way of making sense of our world and our role within it.

Are We Becoming a World Civilization?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

The past century has seen an unprecedented shift toward entirely new levels of organization at the global level, and this change seems only to be accelerating. Could we be crossing another major threshold in human evolution?

The Queen Of The Sciences

William Grassie | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

Philosophy and theology departments are increasingly irrelevant backwaters in the modern university, engaged in seemingly solipsistic debates. If they want to reclaim exalted status in the university and society, they would do well to embrace Big History.

WATCH: Ecology Is The New Theology

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Those who fail to understand that evidence is modern-day Scripture, and that the world we live in is an honorable world, betray God and humanity in the most egregious of ways.

The Great Matrix of Being

William Grassie | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

While there is no Great Chain of Being, as the medievals understood it, there is most definitely a Great Matrix to which all beings belong.

Zombies Fighting Over Who Is Right: A Nightmare On Main Street

William Grassie | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

Every religion, every ideology and every construct of self implies a perspective on what constitutes the good life, as well as some kind of critique of the bad. But what are we to do when our ideals are in conflict?

Big History Hits the Big Time

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.08.2012 | Science
Rev. Michael Dowd

This new, cross-disciplinary field that embraces cosmic, geological, and biological history (as well as human history) offers an inspiring way forward through the thorny and tangled bank of the science-and-religion debate.

Seeking Truth In A World Of Competing Narratives

William Grassie | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

Is there some other way to adjudicate between the competing metanarratives that shape our lives and identities, determining how we think and act, what we hold to be true and good?

Conflicting Ideologies And Entangled Narratives

William Grassie | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

How do we decide which stories are worthy of our affirmation and support? Which narratives have the power to convince, convert and transform? Which religion does one choose?

Is Scientific Evidence Modern-Day Scripture?

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

We are in the early stages of what I think historians will one day call religion's Evidential Reformation. Increasingly, most of us relate to scientific, historic and cross-cultural evidence as more authoritative than a literalist reading of Scripture.

The Sciences Of Sacred Scriptures

William Grassie | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

How should we read ancient narratives today? How do we understand the stories of religion, be it as outsiders looking in at foreign faiths or as thoughtful believers reconsidering our own tradition?

Big History: Engaging the New Narrative of Science

William Grassie | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

Religionists who deny certain facts of this Big History, who don't understand or accept the scope of the important details of this new unity of knowledge, do great damage.