I’ve been enjoying a book by the Irish Catholic priest Diarmuid O’Murchu called Evolutionary Faith: Rediscovering God in our Great Story (Orbis: 2002).
O’Murchu is an innovative mystic with a poet’s heart. Neither his theology nor his science are very orthodox. He kind of picks and chooses what he likes from both. Of course, if we’re honest, every single one of us would have to admit that we do the same.
More inspiring than informative, this book has really had my wheels turning lately. I’m going to start posting some fascinating snippets on this blog. I really don’t care if you’re not impressed with him (I’m not always) or if you don’t agree with him (I don’t always). He’s introduced me to some new ideas and authors that are quite fun and interesting.
Think of this as the jungle-gym on the playground of ideas. The following is from the book (p.2-3):
My Evolutionary Creed
- I believe in the creative energy of the divine, erupting with unimaginable exuberance, transforming the seething vacuum into a whirlwind of zest and flow.
- I believe in the divine imprint as it manifests itself in swirling vortexes and particle formations, birthing forth atoms and galaxies.
- I believe in the providential outburst of supernovas and in the absorbing potential of black holes.
- I believe in the gift of agelessness, those billions of formative aeons in which the paradox of creation and destruction unfolds into the shapes and patterns of the observable universe.
- I believe in the holy energy that begot material form and biological life in ancient bacterial forms and in the amazing array of living creatures.
- I believe in the incarnation of the divine in the human soul, initially activated in Africa over four million years ago.
- I believe in the “I Am Who I Am,” uttered across the aeons, pulsating incessantly throughout the whole of creation and begetting possibilities that the human mind can only vaguely imagine at this time.
- As a beneficiary of the Christian tradition, I believe in the power of the new reign of God, embodied and proclaimed in the life of Jesus and offered unconditionally for the liberation of all life-forms.
Last summer, I also enjoyed reading Prayers to an Evolutionary God (Skylight Paths: 2004), a daily devotional by William Cleary based on Evolutionary Faith. You can order both books on Amazon.com by clicking on the image: