"You shall know the Truth and the
Truth Shall Make you Odd."
-- Flannery O'Connor
How Darwin Prays: A Harvest of Quirkiness
This prayer, “A Harvest of Quirkiness,” was written by Bruce Sanguin. The video was produced by Scott Griessel of Creatista and is read by Sara Jackson. The textual version of the poem is offered below. The rest of this page is a riff, in the process tradition, of the idea that God's attributes include, among many others, quirkiness. The page is dedicated to Susan Toone and her appreciation of trout both young and old.
What's Quirky about God? Well, for one thing,
there's God's inordinate fondness for Beetles
"The Creator would appear as endowed with a passion for stars, on the one hand, and for beetles on the other, for the simple reason that there are nearly 300,000 species of beetle known, and perhaps more, as compared with somewhat less than 9,000 species of birds and a little over 10,000 species of mammals. Beetles are actually more numerous than the species of any other insect order. That kind of thing is characteristic of nature."
God as an Old Trout
in whose image we are made
by Jay McDaniel
God is a verb, of course. God is the unity of the universe
as a single life, and this life is always in process.
Everything is inside this life all the time.
It's called pan-en-theism: everything in God.
But God isn't just any old verb.
God is a strong and irregular verb,
Always swimming just a little beneath the surface
Of our consciousness, in the depths of life.
Not just human life but all life, including trout.
God is on the side of life itself: each and all.
Quirky, idiosyncratic, and unorthodox.
Eccentric, unconventional, and often bizarre,
God is the lure toward harmony and intensity,
toward full aliveness, within each and every sentient being.
This cosmic lure can be further imagined as force or a person,
as Galactic Electricity and a Grumpy Old Trout.
All are metaphors, like fingers pointing to the moon.
No metaphors are absolute but many are helpful.
The key is to hold our metaphors with a relaxed grasp,
knowing that the moon is always more than our fingers.
In a spirit of holy uncertainty, we can
be grateful for whatever revelations are given.
Evolution is one of them. It reveals one side of the quirky depths:
its leaning toward multiplicity, diversity, and strangeness.
The Prophets offer revelations, revealing another side
of the quirky depths: its leaning toward love, justice, and forgiveness.
These revelations - evolutionary and prophetic -- are enough to help us
embrace the multiplicity and protect the vulnerable.
In our embrace and protection, we grow into the likeness
of the Grumpy Old Trout in whose image we are made.
Prayer to a Quirky God
Bruce Sanguine's Poem: Harvest of Quirkiness
Your beauty and goodness, O Immanent One,
Rhizomes, Jesus, and Irregular Verbs
Images of a Rhizomatic God
The Oddness of Jesus
On Being an Irregular Verb
The Poetics of Rhizomes
In Praise of Irregular Verbs: