When God is Gone, Everything Is Holy

“’When God is Gone, Everything Is Holy’ (Chet Raymo)
I have done more than my share of God sermons. This is not one of those; no God in this one. I might have made my title, “Nature Is Enough” (and so she is) or “Taking Nature to Heart” (and so we can). For one can contemplate the 13.8 billion-year history of the universe, or nature herself on this planet (including us), the same way some have contemplated God; can fling oneself with abandon into that great mystery; can even derive from those contemplations an ethic of justice and compassion. It is time to move from Earth Day to Earth Era.”