Mankind in the universe: what do other religions say?

All the other great religions have offered me little understanding of the place of mankind in the Cosmos; and that may be my fault. (I refer to the Cosmos as possibly encompassing more than the universe we live in.) However, all religions stress, most usefully, the ethics of human life. I say this as a freethinker in matters religious. Indeed, I suspect intuitively that I may have been an adherent in my past lives of each of the major religions. Isn’t religion a guide for living, and for relating with others? I also credit the mutual religious tolerance of the diverse ethnic communities which I experienced during my formative years.

As I have written in my book ‘Hidden Footprints of Unity,’ the main religions are equal in their potential. In saying this, I have obviously ignored the dogma devised to differentiate one sect from another within a religion, and between the major religions; while some of the dogma may have evolved to reflect local values.

Indeed, do not their teachings offer the same 2 core lessons? These lessons are that there is a Creator of all that is; and that, as co-created, we humans are bonded to, if not responsible for, one another. James Murray, SC, Religious Affairs Editor of The Australian endorsed chapter 5 (Which way to the Cosmos?) in the above book. Paul Sheehan, essayist and columnist, Sydney Morning Herald, endorsed chapter 6 (Peering into the Void). See ‘Publications’ and ‘Accolades’ in this website.