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In the Sixth Paradigm
The Roman Catholic theologian, Hans Kung, says that over the past 2000 years the Church has moved through five paradigms. These are the apocalyptic era (up to 100AD), the Hellenistic era (100 - 500AD), the Medieval Roman Catholic era (1000 - 1400AD), the Protestant Reformation (1500 - 1700AD) and the Modern era (1800 to 20th century). Over time, the Church's theology and self-understanding have changed. We are now moving into a sixth paradigm.
In our post-Enlightenment and Darwinian world and in a society which is paradoxically secular and multi-faith, institutional authority is viewed with suspicion and belief in the inerrancy of Scripture no longer makes any sense. Too often, churches are spiritually and ethically out of touch. In a multi-faith society, it is plain wrong for the churches to make absolute claims about Jesus. The Hindu mystic Swami Vivekananda said that 'All religions are equal and that God is inside everyone.' He said that he wanted people to discover the Prophet, the Buddha and the Christ inside themselves.
One feature of the sixth paradigm will be spirituality. Individual encounter with the Holy will matter more than doctrinal purity. The practice of silence - worship we can share with people of other faiths - will become more important. Mindfulness, allowing the Sacred to soak into the soul, will matter more than hymns or obtuse Bible readings. Worship which celebrates oneness with creation and the Earth's healing will feed the soul. Sacred space and stillness, reflective reading of the Bible's stories and silently gazing into icons will lead to a peace this world can neither give nor take away.
In a world of religious and atheistic fundamentalists and in a society paradoxically multi-faith and secular, Mayfield Salisbury celebrates the place of reason within our lives and encourages people to measure their faith and ethics by it. In our worship we wrestle intellectually with the basic questions of life: why are we here? Who and what are we? How do we find meaning in life? Together we embark on the search for truth; hoping to understand ourselves and our world with greater insight and clarity. You are welcome to join us on that journey. Worship lies at the centre of the life of this community. Our doors are open to all: those sure in their faith, those living with unanswered or unanswerable questions, those living creatively with doubt, those who have been to a church before, those never before over the door of a church, those who are happy in their lives, those who live with pain or sorrow, and those who are rich and those who are poor. No matter creed (or none), sexual orientation, colour or ethnic background: you are welcome! This is the House of God.
You can find us on the corner of West Mayfield and Mayfield Road, Edinburgh; approximately 1.5 miles south of the city centre.
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Church Address: 18 West Mayfield, Edinburgh EH9 1TQ
Church Office: Tel - 0131 667 1522. Church manager, William Mearns. Contact William if you would like to book our halls. Click here to email William .
Level access to the church is provided at the West Mayfield (halls) entrance.
“Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report...