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The gospel is eternal, saving truth expressed to meet the spiritual difficulties of generation after generation. The emerging philosophy of truth, beauty, and goodness is something different. How do they fit together? In two ways.

The gospel begins at the beginning, with the Father, whose sons and daughters we are. Everything flows from that source. Once a person receives sonship as a gift, seeks entrance into the universal family as a little child, everything becomes new.

At that point, some people are eager to know more, and that’s when a larger comprehension of truth, beauty, and goodness becomes relevant. This does not mean that we dump a 200-page book upon everyone who comes to rejoice in the Lord.

Paradoxically, there is another relation between the emerging philosophy of living and the gospel. Many people are looking for meaning or for a higher quality of thinking. And some people are downright hungry: if there is truth to be found, why should we settle for anything less?

These people can be introduced to an understanding of how we can use science to live a more effective, responsible, and joyous life.

They can learn some truths of philosophy about how to sharpen their intuition—on material, intellectual, and spiritual levels—by means of reason, which draws conclusions carefully from a wide range of premises, and then goes on to combine these threads of reasoning into wisdom.

They can learn about faith and about spiritual experience, beginning, if they prefer, with the pre-spiritual practice of conscious breathing, which facilitates that mind-body harmony with which the work of the spirit can be more effective. They can learn to center in soul and spirit, to develop friendship with God, to pray and worship in new ways.

They can learn to walk in beauty and participate in divine goodness—all within an intellectual environment without pressure, in which the individual is encouraged to develop his or her own higher ideas of truth, beauty, and goodness. In the freedom to explore alternatives to the teachings proposed, those who get active experientially with truth, beauty, and goodness discover meaning and value experientially. At the heart of this emerging philosophy, they find the many-sided gospel of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, the core teachings of Jesus as best understood today.

For a well-developed philosophy of living in truth, beauty, and goodness, see the new book by Jeffrey Wattles, Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness—now available in hardcover and in a Kindle version at amazon; and as a paperback at Cascade Books, where the book can be ordered by calling (541) 344-1528, by email to orders@wipfandstock.com, by fax to (541) 344-1506.

 

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