9. Nature Worship and the Terra MaterWhilst as noted Kenota has no inherent deities or deity like entities, there are certain facets of the Kenotic doctrine and practice in which a certain object or system take the place of a deity. It holds the same reverential position, though it is often not worshiped in a manner which Gods often are.9. Nature Worship and the Terra Mater by Kenota
Chief among these deifications is the symbolic deification of the natural universe. The universe is seen to be a kind of mechanical but beautiful divinity which sustains, creates and destroys. This then, the Cosmos, comes to stand in the stead of a creator.
The reverence at creation which is often directed at a creator-God is then redirected at nature itself. The God to man relationship becomes then the relationship between man and the natural universe. The recognition of something larger than ourselves, or our nation, or humanity and even Earth itself remains. The simple difference is that the object of this reverential treatment is no longer a deity, but the physical universe.
It is in
8. Does God matter?Often the question is asked “If Kenota is not inherently theistic, is it then atheistic?” to which the answer is “No, it is either apatheistic or transtheistic”. Ultimately, Kenotic doctrines are amenable to both the theists and to atheists, and holds preference for neither system. It does not pay attention to the existence of God, it is a system which is apatheistic. It is beyond the notions of theism, and thus is a transtheistic system.8. Does God matter? by Kenota
We have to ask then “Does the existence of God matter to how we choose to live?” as a matter of course. If the existence of God does matter to the choices we make in life, we ultimately have to pay it attention, for the outcome will be relevant to our lives and our practice. If it does not, we may feel free to be apatheistic in our construction.
What then are the functions of a God or Gods? They are arbiters of morality in many religions. They often control the fate of people and events. They often judge the
7. Monism and PhysicalismIn considerations of the nature of an encompassing philosophical life system, often terms like monism, dualism or pluralism and used to describe certain notions present in doctrine. These notions deal with the nature of substances or essences in these systems. For example, the notion of the yin-yang within Taoism is dualist: it supports the notion of two types of thing, light and dark, male and female. On the opposite side, a philosophy which posited a single substance or essence would be a monistic philosophy.7. Monism and Physicalism by Kenota
Indeed, Kenota itself is a monistic doctrine. It posits that there is but a single substance which then is manifested in a massive number of forms giving rise to what we would consider to be the multiplicity of forms and substances we usually encounter. This most basic substance is energy.
This is not a form of ‘spiritual energy’ such as might be contended by those purveyors of crystals or chakras or reiki. Physical energy is the basis of the entirety of substance. T
6. Yisi wu yisiYìsi wú yìsi, or “meaning without meaning”, seems on the face of it to be an insoluble paradox of the most fundamental kind. Yet it all comes clear when we clarify that our primary yìsi is the subjective and self-forged kind, whilst the second yìsi is the objective and universal kind. However, before we see why this is a poignant division of concepts, let us introduce the idea of meaning and the primary Kenotic ideas concerning it.6. Yisi wu yisi by Kenota
Meaning, in this context, is defined as the worth of, and purpose of, human life. This may be a personal meaning or a universal meaning. For the purpose of this discussion, these will be called the ‘subjective meaning’ and the ‘objective meaning’.
In reality, it seems to be the case that there is no universally accepted objective meaning. In fact, in a naturalistic universe, there is no source from which we could derive an objective meaning. However, even in a theistic universe, there is