The second series of Geering Lectures, entitled The Journey of the Evolutionary God, was presented by Professor Henryk Skolimowski in March 2000. The titles of the lectures are:
These lectures can be purchased on CD. While Henryk Skolimowski has been delivering lectures in St. Andrew’s Church, Pope John Paul II has been visiting holy sites in the land of the Bible. Both men are Poles by birth, of a similar age and reared as Catholics. Both experienced the destruction of Polish life under the Nazis and suffered the subsequent captivity of Poland by the Marxist ideology. Both are deeply concerned about the spiritual future of humankind. Yet how different is their approach!
The Pope’s visit has been hailed as a great success. He stepped through a political and religious minefield in a way reasonably acceptable to Israeli and Palestinian, and to Jews, Muslims and Christians of all the major kinds. His visit has been widely publicised through all the media.
By comparison Henryk’s lecture tour through New Zealand has been so low key that many in Wellington did not even know he was here. That is not surprising. The Pope is a international figure who has the allegiance, at least nominal, of more people than anyone else in the world. Henryk has been pioneering a new form of spirituality.
After persevering on a somewhat lonely path, his native Poland was eventually motivated to establish for him the first and, as yet, only university Chair in eco-philosophy. This transcends all past spiritualities, pointing the way to a viable future for people of all races, cultures and religions in the new global and ecological era we have now entered.
In his series of lectures entitled “The Journey of the Evolutionary God” skilfully unfolded the new human myth of the future. It is one which takes fully into account all which modern science has taught us about the universe and the human condition. It is one which acknowledges in a positive way all that the great religions have meant for humankind in the past. But it also transcends them, in a way which has now become necessary because of advent of the new era.
Preposterous though it may seem, the words of Henryk may have more lasting significance for the future salvation of humankind than those of Pope John Paul II.
The strength of the Pope’s appeal depends more on the nature of the office he holds than on what he actually said. The strength of Henryk’s appeal depends wholly on the capacity of his message to win conviction because it is found to meet our current and future needs.
Henryk makes no special claim about himself (though he certainly practices what he preaches and impresses as a deeply sensitive man). Like John the Baptist of old, he is the herald calling us to manifest in ourselves the divine dimension of the evolutionary process of which we are all a part.