Karl Peters has created an astonishing new dialogue between science and religion. Using insights from evolutionary biology, process theology and the range of world religions, he proposes that evolution can provide a key to becoming religious. "Dancing with the Sacred" weaves together three themes: how the sacred can be understood as the creative activity of nature, human history and individual life; how human beings might understand themselves in ways that motivate them to live more in harmony with the rest of life on planet Earth; and how people might live meaningfully in a world in which suffering and death are creatively intertwined with life. Peters fashions new insights into morality, ecology and religion. He describes a model of God based on the Darwinian ides of random variation and natural selection. He suggests that God is a process that includes the emergence of new possibilities in nature, human history and personal living. God is like a dance, he says, and by participating in this creative process we are dancing with the Sacred.
Peters argues convincingly that it is important for us to think not only of our phenomenal self (the self that appears to our senses) but also of our big self the selves that reflect our interrelation with the rest of the evolutionary process. Dancing with the Sacred has much to commend it Peters s theology here provides a[n] intriguing account and exciting way of thinking about God. I find Peter s emphasis on our big self as an expression of our interconnectedness with culture and cosmos to be a helpful antidote to an excessive individualism and anthropocentrism that can endanger not only the environment but people in need as well. Peters s recognition that the creative process includes suffering and death saves his big-self view from being unduly romantic Dancing with the Sacred is helpful, stimulating, and challenging, especially for those concerned for the intersection of faith and science. --Roger E. Timm "Currents In Theology and Mission "