As part of his consciousness of deep ecumenism, 15th century scientist, humanist and Rhineland mystic Nicolas of Cusa laments wars between religions. He offers a vision for the future—our future also in the 21st century we hope–when he writes: The Lord of Sky and Earth has heard the groans of those who have been slaughtered and imprisoned and reduced to slavery and who suffer because of religious wars. . . . The Creator is moved with compassion towards humanity and will try to guide all the variety of religions to one greater unimpeachable harmony in which all opinion is one.*
Cusa is decrying the price innocent people have so often paid for violent religious crusades and pogroms and inquisitions. He promises that God will eventually clean up religion and move it beyond warfare and conquest and proselytizing to a “greater unimpeachable harmony.” Is this happening yet?
One path to such a future is getting to the truth and telling it. The truth of Columbus Day needs to be told and meditated on. The latest scholarship tells us that Columbus may have been a gifted sailor, but he was also a murderer of three million indigenous peoples in the Caribbean islands and he opened the door to still more genocide and slavery that followed his invasion (not discovery) of the Americas. Consider his own words on encountering the Arawak nation for the first time: “They do not bear arms…Their spears are made of cane. They would make fine servants. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”**
* See James Yockey, Meditations with Nicolas of Cusa (Bear & Co), p. 107.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations, p. 160. See also, Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 125-127.
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Queries for Contemplation
What are your thoughts about Columbus and Columbus Day? Time to celebrate Indigenous Day instead? Or other Italians besides Columbus who are deserving of our honoring?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.