Friday, January 19, 2018

Mother's Day Reading Assignment: Read Books by Women

A couple of years ago, I think it was on Mother's Day, the minister at the church we were attending suggested that we should make a point to read some women authors for spiritual assistance.  I have forgotten the context.  The memory of that popped into my mind recently that I have been reading some women authors.  Had never set out to make it a point to read or not read women authors but it just happened.  A couple of nights I fell asleep trying to list them in my mind.  Before the mid-nineties and Amazon, the list is probably incomplete.  Will add to this as more come to mind.  This illuminates my interests.

Religion, Philosophy, Biography,  Novels and Spiritual Writing 

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels   - early eighties

Adam, Eve and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity (1988),

The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics (1995),

Ancient Israelite Religion - Susan Niditch 1997

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003)

A History of God - Karen Armstrong - late nineties

Beloved - Toni Morrison 2004

Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith - Kathleen Norris  ~ 2005 give or take

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand 2005

Nancey Murphy  2007

Dorothee Solle   2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Christ in Evolution and the Emergence of Technosapiens

Ilia Delio, in the closing words of her book, Christ in Evolution, says, of Teilhard du Chardin,

His "mysticism of action" includes the creative development of technology and realizes that human creativity and the emergence of technosapiens give new expression to Christ in evolution.  Christ is the unifying mystery of what we are about with God if we are to have any hope in God.  Because we humans are in evolution we must see Christ in evolution as well -- Christ's humanity is our humanity, Christ's life is our life.  ....
Christ is the power of God among us and within us, the fullness of the earth and of life in the universe.  We humans have the potential to make Christ alive; it is what we are created for.  

This is beautiful and I want this to be true.  I think we are making this to be true whether we realize it or not.  Despite, on the one hand, the secularization of recent centuries.  And on the other hand, despite large segments of the Christian World holding to what it views as Tradition and rejecting knowledge that continues to unfold as technosapiens evolves. 

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