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Thursday, October 6, 2011

"The Emergent Christ"

The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe
by Ilia Delio is a deep, fascinating book that unites scientific discoveries about the universe with our call to build of the Body of Christ and shows us how this is being accomplished through the Spirit. The book is so rich and I have just read it through and will begin again at the beginning to go through it slowly to try and digest the wisdom that Delio's book contains. She is a senior fellow in science and religion at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University and is the author of several books including "Christ In Evolution."
This book makes a good companion to "The New Spiritual Exercises In the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin"; it is not easy to read Delio but very worthwhile. She does have a Glossary and excellent notes. There are so many good parts, but I will quote only one from Chapter Nine: "If there is a movement towards wholeness in the universe, then it is first a movement toward wholeness of soul. Wholeness is the integrated field of energy whereby all bodies are joined together by a luminous thread of love. This can take place only when each soul discovers its own power to expand and hence its power to unite. Cosmic-unity is first self-unity; this is the core of the Christian spiritual journey. To participate in the flourishing of life in the universe is to discover first the inner universe; indeed, the secret of the universe lies within."

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