Emerging notions of God

 

Interpret GOD to mean: Order (≈ rule ≈ regulation)

 

 

 

 

Immature

Cultured God

 

The child’s nature, i.e. its natural instincts, are suppressed or selectively channelled and ordered

 

 

Transition phase

Cultured turning natural God

 

The juvenile begins to re-access his/her nature as natural instincts

 

Mature

Uncultured God

Natura naturans

 

The mature adult acts naturally and spontaneously

 

Infantile

primitive/naive

 

 

Juvenile

Adolescent

 

Adult

 

 

God as other

Separate, transcendent

 

God as other and same

i.e. God without and within

 

 

God = me

 

Imprinted or groomed

by scriptures & local tradition

 

 

Imprinted or groomed by scriptures and local tradition & by nature

 

Imprinted or groomed by nature

 

Single source transcendent

or external rule

 

 

God outside, beyond, ‘other’

 

 

Both single source external and distributed network internal

rule

 

God both outside and inside

 

Internal Rule

i.e. self-regulation as a unit of a distributed ordering network

 

God = inside = all

 

 

Man subject to ‘my one God’

therefore dependent

Moral

 

Gradual emancipation from ‘my one God’ rule

Moral  " amoral

 

Each man as God

therefore independent

Amoral

 

 

Anthropomorphic/personal order

 

Anthropomorphic → impersonal

 

 

Impersonal order

 

High political traction

 

Reduced political traction

 

 

Low political traction

 

 

Zero self-development flexibility

 

 

Increased self-development flexibility

 

Maximum self-development flexibility

 

 

Single source rule

 

Single → distributed

 

 

Distributed (i.e. self-) rule

 

Henotheism

 

The Abrahamic and Vedic narratives

 

Qualified henotheism to qualified pantheism

The Upanishads

Christian gospels

 

 

Radical Pantheism

 

The self-emerging fractal elaboration narrative

 

Early Buddhism, Samkya & Jainism

+ the Charvakas and Ajivikas

 

  

 

© 2016 Victor Langheld