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Dancing With The Sacred : Evolution, Ecology and God -  Peters

Dancing With The Sacred

Evolution, Ecology and God

By: Peters

Paperback Published: 1st August 2002
ISBN: 9781563383939

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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 "

Preface
Thinking about God in a New Wayp. 1
Science and Societies in the Emerging Global Villagep. 7
Peril in the Global Villagep. 14
Sacred Centersp. 22
Creative Mysteryp. 30
To Err Is Divinep. 38
Darwin and the Dance of Taop. 45
Divine Dynamics: Spirit and Wordp. 52
Our Natural Familyp. 60
Our Social-Ecological Selvesp. 68
Morality and Meaning for Our "Big Selves"p. 74
The Development of the Earth and the Quality of Lifep. 83
Seeking Our Sacred Centerp. 92
In Harmony with Cruciform Naturep. 102
From Life to Lovep. 113
Forsaken by Godp. 119
At Home in the Universep. 126
Earth: A Child of Godp. 136
Notesp. 145
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 155
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9781563383939
ISBN-10: 1563383934
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st August 2002
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1