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Prayers to an Evolutionary God


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Introduction: Close Encounters with Teilhard de Chardin I. Prayers of Listening II. Prayers of Questioning III. Prayers of Ambiguity IV. Prayers of Intimacy Afterword by Diarmuid O'Murchu Select Bibliography Index of Prayer Titles

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William Cleary was former assistant editor at the Catholic weekly America and the author of many books on spirituality. He is a former Jesuit priest, filmmaker, and composer. His musical Chun Hyang Song was performed at the Seoul Olympics. Cleary was married to a Unitarian Universalist minister and was the father of two musician sons. His website is Diarmuid O'Murchu is a priest and social psychologist currently based in London. He lectures internationally and writes extensively on new paradigms from a multidisciplinary point of view. His works include Quantum Theology: Reclaiming Spirituality and Our World in Transition.


"Sure to intrigue thoughtful readers." -Quest Magazine "Karl Rahner once said that the Christian of the future will be a mystic, or nothing at all. Bursting with energy, full of deep wisdom, these prayers do more than address God in the light of evolution. They set the heart on the path of mysticism, beautiful and awesome." -Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, professor of theology, Fordham University; author of She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse and Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit "If prayer means (as W. H. Auden said) 'paying attention to something larger than yourself,' these prayers by William Cleary invite us to pay attention to the largest thing imaginable, the creativity that resides at the core of our Cosmos, teaching us to speak with reverence in this post-Newtonian universe. Faith and science embrace happily in these pages, to the betterment of both." -Rev. Gary Kowalski, author of Science and the Search for God "Good theology is rooted in worship and prayer. In Bill Cleary's book, the 'God of evolution' is not an abstract topic of theological reflection but the focus of meditation, prayer, and praise. In a unique and creative way, the author brings the insights of science into contact with the very heart of religious experience. I think Teilhard de Chardin would smile on this bold project." -John F. Haught,Thomas Healey Professor of Theology, Georgetown University

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