A detailed call for a spirituality that fundamentally changes its relationship with the idea of a God.
In her latest, Fairless (The Dance of the Caterpillars, 2014, etc.) takes a hard look at the typical Western concept of a God, a troubling figure to which she attributes a wide array of postmodern evils. She refers to this concept of God as the Anthropocentric God, the Androcentric God, the Dominator God, the God of Privilege, etc. She considers this God a harmful figure, the figurehead of colonizing white men of privilege that has led to the dispossession of native populations and the violent crushing of dissent. According to Fairless, “There is no doubt about the need for deconstruction of white privilege, entitlement, and dominance.” The generationslong process by which those forces collected around the traditional view of the deity is a source of probing inquiry for this author. “How has it happened that we have gathered up the sacredness of the universe,” she asks, “called some of it sacred, more of it profane, and laid all of it at the metaphorical feet of this God, and what has been the cost?” In a flowing, compassionately written narrative, the author attempts to remind her readers of their own cosmic significance, the uniqueness of their being. The vision she lays out is one of a post-God spiritual reality, a perception of life that dispenses with what the author claims is an ultimately toxic failed relationship between a seeking, questioning humanity and that figure of a Dominator God used to uphold white privilege through the ages. Her priority, expressed in emphatic though vague terms, is “the essential marriage of biodiversity and human diversity” in a new template that upends the standard religious presumptions in favor of concentrating on the inner wisdom, the “inner teacher” that every person possesses. The result is a thought-provoking reconsideration of what is genuinely sacred.
A cleareyed schema that calls for humanity to remember how to access its own sacred nature without resorting to the crutch of a God who takes more than He gives.