Religious Implications of Roscoe Forthright
Concise philosophic ideas.
Oneness, the Universal connection between all humans, and all aspects of the planet on which we live.
The self-destructive illusion of Separateness.
The necessity for a better, more easily understood story.
The necessity for practical rituals, practical magic, accessible to tens of millions of people, every day. Daily Divine Interactions!
Admire the previous religious stories and previous rituals as noble products of past centuries, with little or no value in the 21st century.
The Old Story is not functioning properly....
“It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The Old Story—the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it—is not functioning properly, and we have not learned the New Story. The Old Story sustained us for a long period of time. It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with a life purpose, energized action. It consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge, guided education. We awoke in the morning and knew where we were.”
- Thomas Berry, 1978
The Great Work, the betterment of humankind...
Our major religions pursue The Great Work by use of elaborate back-stories, rituals and repetitive meditations or prayers. In various schools of mysticism the Great Work is generally defined as those spiritual practices leading to the mystical union of the Self and the All.
Both the popular forms of religion, designed to appeal to hundreds of millions of followers, and the esoteric forms of religion, designed to appeal to very small groups of intensely dedicated followers – Both forms of religious thought and ritual practice involve complex back-stories, often culturally small, and incomprehensible ritual practices.
We must ask: Would a compassionate Divine Creator deliberately leave hundreds of millions of people in confusion, offering them no form of direct contact, and direct inspiration? Offering only complex back-stories, often culturally small, and often incomprehensible ritual practices?
In Roscoe Forthright's view, the Great Work is a direct personal connection between themselves and the Divine, a direct personal experience, without need for long back-stories and complex rituals. And most importantly- without the need for Spiritually or Culturally Ordained Middlemen: the rabbis, imams, priests, professors of philosophy, doctors of medicine and psychiatry, and many outright charlatans of all varieties. No Middlemen are required in Roscoe's view of Reality. No Middlemen are required to accomplish the Great Work.
Because sex is universally understood. And a universal joy and pleasure to most people, Roscoe has chosen sex as a conduit to Divine understanding. Ritual and prayer can also be conduits, but those play a smaller role in our rituals. Direct physical experience, orgasms, are used to catapult our psyches to higher understanding of Oneness, to concise, personal understanding of Oneness.