Doing Theology in an evolutionary way

In this book I describe three theological paradigms covering the latter half of the 20th century, with the third coming to the fore in the present-day 21st. Century. The third paradigm moves beyond the personal focus of the other two to embrace new insights from science and cosmology, laying foundations for a vastly expanded horizon on what theology means - now and for the future. Due for release in March 2021.

Brief Biography:

 
Diarmuid O'Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004),  Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity's Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012),  God in the Midst of Change (2013) and On Being a Postcolonial Christian (2014).  He now lives in Dublin, Ireland.
 
 
 

 



WELCOME!

 

1. I once said, perhaps rightly: the earlier culture will become a heap of rubble and finally a heap of ashes, but spirits will hover over the ashes.   Ludwig Wittgenstein.                                                                              

2. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestation of the profoundest reason and most radiant     beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms – it is this knowledge and this emotion that    constitute the truly religious attitude:and in this, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.   Albert Einstein.

3. The dialogue between theology and science is not a dialogue at all; it is a drama of the human spirit.    Alexei Nesteruk 
                  

4. Whenever I learn a little more of the processes of creation I am amazed afresh at the unbelievable daring  of the Creator Spirit who seems to gamble all the past gains on a new initiative, inciting his creatures to such crazy adventure and risk.    John V. Taylor


5. The Spirit is the indwelling of God at the heart of the process of ongoing creation, empowering and luring all things into an unforeseeable future.  Denis Edwards                       
                                                                            

 

 


 

DEDICATION:

 

 

In affection and gratitude, I dedicate this web page
to the people of AFRICA, guardians of the homestead
that initially gave birth to the human race.

Long before the foot rested firmly on the soil,
Long before we modelled the first footprints of a child
Long before we roamed the savannahs of the wild,
In Africa, my home, God was smiling!

Long before we stalked the animal to prey,
Long before we forged the flintstone from the clay
Long before we distinguished the night time from the day
In Africa, my home, God was moving!

 

Long before the music of the rattle and the drum,
Long before the silence when the voice could only hum
Long before the spoken word became our daily crumb,
In Africa, my home, God was weaving!

 

Long before we flicked two flint stones into flame,
Long before we gathered round the fireside in our playing.
Long before the power that entitled us to name,
In Africa, my home, God was carving.

 

Long before we ritualized our living and our dying.
Long before we solemnized our laughter and our sighing.
Long before we danced in our worshipping of high,
In Africa, our home, God was dancing.

 

Long before the ancients forged the ancestral line,
Long before our peoples used the night-sky as a sign,
Long before our hunters and gardeners would design,
In Africa, my home, God was sculpting.

 

Long before the planet was divided into parts,
Long before religion bred fear into our hearts,
Long before the disempowering forces came to caste,
In Africa, my home, all knew freedom.

 

Long before the conquerors ravaged our resource,
Long before the missionaries brought their wisdom to impose,
Long before the West even knew the planet's source,

In Africa, our home, God had risen.

 

Long before the writing appeared upon a page,
Long before the White God adopted holy rage,
Long before the Cross would crucify a sage,
In Africa, my home, God wrote poetry.

 

(August, 2002)


BOOKS I found Inspiring

Occasionally one comes across a book that proves to be an inspiring read. I guess such gems should not be kept for oneself. So, I will happily share a few from time-to-time. 

Aslan, Reza (2017) GOD: A HUMAN HISTORY OF RELIGION. An inspiring and refreshing read for adult faith seekers, challenging particularly the monopoly often attributed to monotheism. The human search for God and divine meaning is a great deal more complex.

Boff, Leonardo (2014), COME HOLY SPIRIT. Some ground-breaking and original insights on the emerging theology of the Holy Spirit today, largely inspired by Quantum physics and the New Cosmology.

Delio, Ilia (2019), BIRTH of a DANCING STAR. This is Ilia's autobiography. An interesting and informative read. I found Chapter 13, on the interface between humans and modern technology especially informative and helpful. 

Ehrman, Bart D. (2018)THE TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY. Contrary to popular understanding, Christianity has for long been a religion with a diverse set of beliefs around God and spiritual meaning. An insightful read!

Roger Haight (2019), FAITH AND EVOLUTION: A Grace-Filled Naturalism. Some wonderful insights in this book on the integration of evolution with our Christian faith.

Wes Howard-Brook (2016)EMPIRE BAPTIZEDAn incisive and informed critique on how values of Empire have so seriously undermined the primary commitment to Creation which he rightly claims is central to the Judaeo-Christian faith.

Johnson, Elizabeth (2018), CREATION AND THE CROSS. An admirable attempt to shift the understanding of the Cross (and crucifixion) beyond the human focus to include all the other organisms, and their sufferings, in our understanding of the Paschal Journey.

Orobator, Agbonk E. (2018), RELIGION AND FAITH IN AFRICA. For anybody involved in Christian ministry in Africa this is essential reading, by a Jesuit scholar who thoroughly understands African spirituality from within. 

Spong, John Shelby (2016)BIBLICAL LITERALISM: A Gentile Heresy. Excellent resource for adult-faith interpretation. 

 

 

     
Nov. 3-5 

 Emmaus Centre, Wicklow, Ireland

     
 Nov.  10-11  Springbank Renewal program, USA
 Nov.  26-29  Noddfa Centre, Wales.