Evolutionary Faith: Rediscovering God in Our Great Story

Evolutionary Faith: Rediscovering God in Our Great Story

by Diarmuid O'Murchu

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570754517
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 507,433
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
My Evolutionary Creed2
My Lack of Faith3
Part 1Our Great Story
1.Evolution: The Narrative Told Afresh7
Evolution as Story8
The Conventional Story9
The Story Told Afresh13
Symbiosis: How the Story Hangs Together15
As the Story Unfolds19
2.Evolutionary Theology: Meaning from the Future24
Our Pessimistic Future25
Lured by the Future26
Liberating Possibility29
Embracing the Shadow32
Evolutionary Theology33
The Promise Fulfilled35
Part 2Synergy
3.An Emptiness That Overflows41
How Did It All Begin?43
What Is Energy?45
Creative Energy and Our Understanding of God47
What Is Cosmogenesis?49
The Self-Organizing Universe50
The Divine Life-Force52
Prodigiously Creative54
4.Aliveness as an E-merging Property57
The Lively Universe59
Enter Biology61
The Essence of Life62
Life: The Properties and the Process65
Revisiting Darwin66
Life in Context: Theological Horizons68
Part 3Relationality
5.The Divine as Relational Matrix77
Divinity Reconsidered78
Windows to the Relational Matrix81
Imaging a Relational God83
Personhood Reconsidered85
Revelation as Relationship87
Revelation and the Divine Eros91
6.Thriving on Paradox94
The Punctuated Pattern96
The Baffling Paradox99
The Paradox of Human Suffering102
Death and Resurrection: Christian or Cosmic?104
Resurrection and Transformation107
7.Boundaries That No Longer Hold110
Knowing Where We Stand with Reality111
Measuring Time113
Time and Timelessness115
The Space around Us117
The Space-Time Continuum118
Beyond the Boundaries120
Part 4Embodiment
8."This Is My Body"125
The Body Demonized126
The Body in Context128
Body as Process130
Embodiment and Personhood132
The Body as Eucharist134
9.Humanity's Rightful Place138
Our Beginnings139
Creativity and the Evolution of Language142
A Spiritualized Species145
The Triumph and Tragedy of Civilization147
Humans and the Evolution of Consciousness150
10.Incarnation: African Style151
Our African Origins151
Incarnation Reassessed152
The Spirit of Africa155
Violence Reassessed160
Utopia Revisited163
Part 5Consciousness
11.Consciousness: The Future of Evolution169
What Do We Mean by Consciousness?170
Consciousness, Wisdom, and Depth174
Consciousness Evolving176
Nurtured by Consciousness179
12.Consciousness and Globalization182
The Rise of Globalization183
The Shift in Consciousness187
Consciousness and the Mysticism of Our Time191
Outgrowing Our Alienation194
13.Our Next Evolutionary Leap197
Honoring the Universal198
Befriending the Earth200
Redefining the Human201
The Future204
Notes207
Bibliography213
Index221

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