Quotes From The Story We Find Ourselves In
Joe Clark

I started reading this book early in 2005, but plan to spend more time reading it now, at the end of 2005. I plan to record some key quotes here, to make it easier to see the key points of the book...

Quote
Ref
Date

Imagine going backwards through time - the whole universe shrinking back, reversing the "big bang," contracting in a big suck into a tiny singularity, a shrinking point of unimaginable density and unimaginable potential. And imagine that point blinking out to...nothing. Don't imagine just empty space. That's not nothing enough. Imagine empty space, and then imagine the matrix of space itself contracting into nothing and time as we know it folding in on itself until it too disappears.

Pg 27

Dec 2005

I don't think we can imagine nothing... as soon as we try to think about nothing, nothing becomes a something that we think about existing somewhere at some time, and at that moment we've stopped thinking about nothing.

Pg 28

Dec 2005

We can only imagine a God in whom love can exist and be shared without being selfish love.

Pg 28

Dec 2005

Language is the best tool we have, but it keeps getting in the way. So in science, we revert to mathematics. And in theology, we revert to poetry.

Pg 29

Dec 2005

God creates the matrix of space and time so that beings can be, so that the beings imagined by the Being can be expressed in an outside, in a somewhere...in a place and time.

Pg 30

Dec 2005

As our journey progresses, our perspective on everything changes.

Pg 35

Dec 2005

It's something shocking, maybe put best when it's put in a way that borders on heresy: God is not enough, the story says. That has nothing to do with any deficiency in God; it has to do with the storyline God had in mind for us. God doesn't want to be the only reality in our lives, the only relationship in our network, the only message on our screen...Noticing and naming and enjoying our fellow creatures, as we're doing today, is part of why we're here.

Pg 37

Dec 2005

[the ancient Middle Eastern story] agrees with the Eastern belief that the universe pulsates with meaning, as one would expect of any universe that was spoken by Being into being. It celebrates a different kind of enlightenment - not scientific, but mystical - that comes from seeing the universe as an expression of the mind and heart of God, in which God's breath breathes, and God's language sings, and God's fingerprints are detected and felt, and God's signature is read.

Pg 43

Dec 2005