What does this have to do with neurotheology? Insofar as God is generally defined as the Prime Mover or first principle of reality, God is by definition real, and thus a part of the real universe. And because this first principle is by definition primary — because there is by definition no preexisting reality to contain it — reality cannot properly include it. So the real universe must coincide with God; scientific knowledge is theological knowledge, and science a form of theology. It follows that our ability to use science to better the plight of our species - our capacity to know God and to help others know God — is part of what makes us "special". And where true science is a key ingredient of our claim to metaphysical distinctiveness, our place in the hierarchy of being cannot be threatened by science done thoroughly, correctly, and without a priori restrictions on our role in the scheme of things. But what is that role? Where does humanity fit into the scheme even now being revealed to us by science.. .we, who have lately found ourselves reduced to the wearing of metaphysical sackcloth? It turns out that in a certain precise sense, we are microsms, images of the universe within the universe. And because of the symmetric connection between source and image, cosmos and microcosm, we function as agents through whom the universe realizes its being. We are its children and heirs, poised on the threshold of adulthood and charged with shaping Destiny itself, with helping the living universe choose its form and content from a background of undifferentiated potential. Though eons removed from the moment of creation, we actively retrodict it, sending the power of our minds back through time to help the Prime Mover, our parent and provider, selfcreatively embody the universe we inhabit. On the Perils of Metaphysical Skysurfing without a Parachute.