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. Published 17th February 2021.
12 Quotes of Enduring Inspiration
What then surely is most new about our modern understanding of life is the idea of evolution, for it enables us to see life not as an eternally repeating cycle, but as a process that continually generates and discovers novelty. Lee Smolin.
When the mind can engage reality as a question rather than imposing prefabricated answers on it, then one can participate creatively in evolution. Ilia Delio.
While I have no doubt that the origin of life was not in fact a miracle, I do believe that we live in a bio-friendly universe of a stunningly ingenious character. Paul Davies.
In my view, the human community and the natural world will go into the future as a single sacred community or we will both perish in the desert. Thomas Berry.
Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man(kind) will have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein.
The presence of the wide evolving cosmos calls for a genuinely new paradigm, different from the anthropocentric concern with human sin in the context of feudal obligations. We need to turn the page on the satisfaction theory and allow it to take a well deserved rest.
A society that believes that the body is somehow diseased, painful, sinful, or wrong is going to create social institutions that wreck destruction on the body of the earth itself.
Paula Gunn Allen.
The greatest battle, however, the battle that is waged within the soul of each person and that has been responsible for the majority of atrocities that continue to plague us today, remains unwon. The battle I am referring to, of course, is the battle against tribalism. Jason D. Hill.
There is definitely something spiritually counterintuitive about this business of incarnation, and to really get what’s at stake in this mystery, is for me the acid test as to whether you understand what Christianity is all about. Cynthia Bourgeault
The kind of religion we lack today cannot be found in the religious traditions of the past which are linked to static categories; what is needed is a new type of religion that can use all the ‘free energy’ of the earth to build humankind into greater unity. Ursula King.
The mystic is a religious anarchist and utopian, who speaks for an ancient tradition of protest against religious alienation. The mystic tries to undermine the law, and to create religious happiness by melting God down. Don Cupitt.
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.
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!
Wes Howard-Brook (2016), EMPIRE BAPTIZED. An 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.
August 2-7: Retreat, sponsored by Presentation Srs, Zambia.
November 4-7, Zoom Retreat/Workshop, Villa Maria Centre, Pennsylvania, USA.
13-14: Springbank Conference Centre, USA.
Dec. 3-5. Holland House Advent Retreat, UK
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April 11-17: Mt. St. Anne's, Holy Week Programme.
May 20-22: Noddfa, North Wales - Prepartion for Pentecost
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