In the Beginning Was the Spirit: Science, Religion and Indigenous Spirituality

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In the Beginning Was the Spirit: Science, Religion, and Indigenous Spirituality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759956
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 625,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Method in My Madness 3

Trust Experience 5

Multidisciplinary Strategy 8

The Spirit That Blows… 10

Creation as Primary Revelation 12

Chapter 2 In the Beginning… 17

The Bang That Radiated 18

Religious Origins 22

Genesis Revisited 23

Origins Fascinate 27

The Inspired Mind 28

The Enlivening Spirit 29

Chapter 3 Out of the Vacuum 31

The Energetic Vacuum 32

Vibrational Strings 35

Meaning from Within 37

Chapter 4 Energizing the Energy 43

Scientific Insight 45

The Capacity for Self-Organization 48

Is There a Theological Raison d'Être? 50

The Supernatural in Creation 57

Gifts of the Spirit 60

Chapter 5 And There Was Life 63

Origin of Life 65

Life in Action 68

Life as System 70

Life as a Cosmic Process 71

The Spirit of Life 72

Chapter 6 The Relational Web 75

The Entangled Universe 76

Vibrational Relationships 78

Theological Implications 80

At the Nexus of Relating 81

The Relational Spirit 84

Chapter 7 The Great Spirit: Aboriginal Wisdom 85

Beyond Religion 86

Native American Religions 87

Australian Aborigines 93

Native American Spirituality 96

Chapter 8 The Spirit of Africa 99

Spirit: Ancient and New 100

African Animism 103

African Spirits 105

A Complex Landscape 113

Is There a Great Spirit in African Spirituality? 116

Chapter 9 The Asian Pantheon 119

The Great Religions of Asia 121

Ancient Chinese Beliefs 126

Indigenous Religions of Asia 130

Shamanism and the Great Spirit 133

The Subverted Spirit 135

Chapter 10 The Great Spirit in Christianity 137

Upgrading the Holy Spirit 138

Trinity as an Archetypal Statement 140

Enter Church 141

The Orthodox Wisdom 143

Spirit Christology 144

Wisdom from the East 147

Re-visioning the Creator 149

And What about Jesus? 152

The Trinity Seen Anew 153

Chapter 11 The Erotic Spirit in Creation 155

The Erotic Spirit 157

Spirit of the Wild 159

Sophia's Erotic Creation 161

The Spirit of Nonduality 163

The Befriending Spirit 166

Invoking the Paraclete 167

Chapter 12 A New Pentecost? 171

Historical Background 171

True to Christian Origins 174

Key Beliefs Today 175

Impact on Conventional Churches 177

Revivalist in What Sense? 179

Chapter 13 Personal Obstruction 183

Defined by the Web of Life 184

Innately Relational 185

Spirit and Person 186

Enter the Transpersonal 188

The Transpersonal Spirit 192

Chapter 14 The Spirit That Blows 195

Horizons of Greater Transparency 196

First Horizon: The Indigenous Notion of the Great Spirit 197

Second Horizon: The Spirit in Creation 198

Third Horizon: The Spirit in Personhood 199

Fourth Horizon: The Spirit in Religion 200

Fifth Horizon: From Third to First in the Trinity 200

Sixth Horizon: Even Jesus Is Empowered by the Spirit 201

Seventh Horizon: Sacramental Empowerment 202

Eighth Horizon: The Spirit Thai Lures 203

Holy Restlessness 204

The Final Word 206

Appendix 1 Spiritualism and the Great Spirit 207

Appendix 2 Does St. Paul Have Anything to Offer on the Great Spirit? 209

Appendix 3 Carl Jung and the Holy Spirit 211

Notes 213

Bibliography 223

Index 233

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