Thursday, October 8, 2009


Spirituality and Practice offers a review of Catching Up with Jesus: A Gospel Story for Our Time by Diarmuid O'Murchu. O'Murchu wrote Quantum Theology which is one of my favorite books. The review begins: "Diarmuid O'Murchu, a social psychologist and member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, continues his radical re-imagining of the Christian path that he has presented in Quantum Theology, Reclaiming Spirituality, Poverty, Celebacy and Obedience, Religion in Exile and Evolutionary Faith. O'Murchu wants to set Jesus free from the captivity of ideological reductionism that includes academic rationality, absolute dogmas, white imperialism, male exclusiveness, the cult of redemptive violence, ecclesiastical domestication, middle-class respectability, distorted personalism, and insipid religiosity."

Here's an excerpt from the book:

By locating Jesus in the reductionistic context of linear time, the early Christians failed to grasp the liberative vision of the Christ of deep time, the Jesus who was marking and celebrating the fulfillment of six million years of divine creativity in the human species. The early Christians were ignorant of the great human story and consequently were unable to comprehend the human face of God revealed through that story, reaching an evolutionary apex in the life and ministry of Jesus.


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