Conservative religious doctrines are poorly equipped to deal with the future. Claims for otherworldly salvation have little relevance when dealing with the practical questions of today, and the probable situations of our common future. In contrast the liberal and rational religious tradition presents itself in a living and dynamic context, that recognises prior material as part of the development of the human spirit. It has no sacred texts, it avoids making fixed declarations on metaphysical claims. Moral injustice and natural suffering does exist and that this is a real, practical, and immediate task that requires direct action. Rather than waiting for judgement day, rather than speculating on the prospect of salvation beyond this world, a modern, progressive religion aspires to build a heaven here on earth, which will be achieved through universal rights coupled with new technologies.
This site consists of a number of commentators ("Lightbringers") from such a perspective. We provide information on current changes in science, technology and society and how these changes can best applied to the benefit of freedom and welfare of life. We understand the word 'lightbringer' to refer to individuals who provide clarity and illumination, who are dedicated to truth and against sectional censorship, regardless of loyalties to nations or states, churches or religions, political parties or corporations. We recognise and appreciate the metaphor of a lightbringer with the Inner Light among the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), An-Nur the 24th sura of the Qur'an, Ohr in Jewish mysticism, Zoroastrianism mysticism, the Diwali festival common to Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, and the notion of Bodhi in Buddhism all of which contributes a historical connection to our contemporary tasks.
The image is from the Haro 11 dwarf galaxy undergoing a burst of star formation. It was taken by astronomers from Sweden, Spain and the United States at Johns Hopkins University, using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite.