Cosmic Prayer and Guided Transformation: Key Elements of the Emergent Christian Cosmology

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This book presents a realistic and thoroughly spiritual outlook upon the entire created reality. It lets us envisage that various created entities are participant in a relationship with God that becomes increasingly one of an intimate personal quality; that is, a relationship of love. It thus invites discernment that the universal reality is valuable in its own right and not only as a good for the use of humanity. Drawing mainly upon Scripture, ancient writers (especially Maximus the Confessor), as well as ...

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Overview

This book presents a realistic and thoroughly spiritual outlook upon the entire created reality. It lets us envisage that various created entities are participant in a relationship with God that becomes increasingly one of an intimate personal quality; that is, a relationship of love. It thus invites discernment that the universal reality is valuable in its own right and not only as a good for the use of humanity. Drawing mainly upon Scripture, ancient writers (especially Maximus the Confessor), as well as contemporary natural sciences, this book encourages the reader to perceive human salvation not as a lifting of humanity out of creation, but as a transformation into God's presence in the midst of the wider created order. It shows that Christian faith at its best does not exclude the wider creation but provides us with insight and hope for a harmonious being-in-God that is inclusive of creation. It shows that Christian faith can be a resource that helps overcome the ecological crisis.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781610978606
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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Robert Govaerts is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He holds degrees in physics and theology from the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven, and London. He lived several years in religious communities and obtained a doctorate in theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is married and together with his wife pursues a prayerful and contemplative lifestyle.

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Table of Contents

Foreword David Jasper ix

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiv

1 Introduction 1

2 God's Spirit and Creative Word 19

3 Cosmos 50

4 Person 85

5 Prayer 108

6 Cosmic Prayer 122

7 Guided Transformation 148

8 Personal Existence in Christ and in the Spirit 165

9 Conclusion 182

Bibliography 193

General Index 215

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