Teilhard de Chardin believed that thinking is essential to evolution. How we think is how we evolve because thinking is the act of the mind creating new unities and new horizons of insight.
To think is to unify, to make wholes where there are scattered fragments; not merely to register it but to confer upon it a form of unity it would otherwise be without.
– PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
As you engage with the Omega Center content and blogs listed below, we encourage you to read and apply Ilia Delio’s instruction: READING FOR AN EVOLUTIONARY AGE: OMEGA LECTIO DIVINA.
An audio interview with JOHN F HAUGHT
In this audio interview Brie Stoner asks Professor Dr. John Haught to expand on some of his ideas and thoughts as introduced in his recent Omega Center blog THE NEW COSMIC STORY, entitled after his new book The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe. Historians are now expanding their views and examinations into the realm of “Big History” but their focus has primarily been on the objective “outside” story. Dr Haught suggests there is an inside story registered in the centers of our subjectivity, interior experience, and relationality, that are equally necessary to understand the cosmos and the awakening universe.
by JOHN F HAUGHT
Over the past two centuries scientists have learned that the universe is a story still being told. New scientific awareness of the long cosmic preamble to human history has inspired attempts recently to connect the relatively short span of our own existence to the longer epic of the universe. These efforts, known as Big History, try to tell the story of everything that has taken place in the past, including what was going on in the universe long before Homo sapiens arrived.
by ILIA DELIO
At a recent conference I attended, several people asked if God and nature are one and the same. This is the question of pantheism. And if this is true then there is no other existence but nature itself. And yet the nature of nature is to transcend itself. So how does nature explain its own transcendence? Yes, we have discovered new mechanisms in nature such as emergence, dynamic complexity, and self-organization but in themselves these do not account for nature’s openness to novelty. The question of openness itself is a transcendental one and thus it cannot be answered by its own condition of openness. To paraphrase Einstein, you cannot solve a problem with the same conditions that created it. So we run around in these circles—not quite at home with naturalism—because there is an openness within us that cannot be satisfied by the finite, contingency of nature itself, since the whole shebang is stretching toward something other. We name this other of nature’s longing as God.
by ILIA DELIO
Modern science has revealed new information about the human person, from cosmology to neuroscience and cognitive psychology; however, we still think of ourselves as rational, concrete subjects, individual in nature and unrelated to one another, except by chance, accident, or good-fortune. This understanding is a particularly western one with philosophical roots that date back to the ancient Greeks. Christianity adopted Greek philosophical principles in its development and formed a theological understanding of God and world according to such principles. Stepping back and surveying the historical landscape, it is not unreasonable to suggest that religion and, in particular, the monotheistic religions with their ancient philosophies and static cosmologies, lie at the core of social injustice...
July 24, 2017 CREATING AN INTERIOR UNIVERSE, an audio interview with ILIA DELIO
July 20, 2017 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN EVOLUTION? by ILIA DELIO
July 7, 2017 FINDING OUR WAY IN AN EVOLUTIONARY WORLD by ILIA DELIO
June 21, 2017 THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF SUFFERING by PAMELA BEGEMAN AND MARY ANNE BEST
May 30, 2017 SUFFERING AND LOVE IN TEILHARD’S SPIRITUALITY by LOUIS M. SAVARY
May 15, 2017 TEACHING TEILHARDIAN HOPE IN HONG KONG by MARTY SCHMIDT
May 2, 2017 TEILHARD FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Part 3 by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
April 17, 2017 TEILHARD FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Part 2 by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
April 3, 2017 TEILHARD FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Part 1 by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
March 15, 2017 REFLECTING ON HOW OUR LIVES MATTER TO GOD, a reflection by BRIE STONER
March 3. 2017 DO WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO GOD? by ILIA DELIO
February 20, 2017 PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR by HEIDI RUSSELL
February 13, 2017 LOVE IN AN UNTRUSTFUL MILIEU by WILLIAM THOMPSON-UBERUAGA
February 6, 2017 LOVE IN AN AGE OF DISTRUST by ILIA DELIO
January 30, 2017 KENOTIC LOVE AND TRUE PERSONHOOD: A RECORDED CONVERSATION, an audio recording with Ilia Delio and Cynthia Bourgeault
January 23, 2017 CHRIST IS A CYBORG: THE COSMIC CHRIST AND A TECHNOLOGY OF RESURRECTION by GREGORY R. HANSELL
January 16, 2017 LOVE, HOPE, AND THE COSMIC FUTURE by JOHN F HAUGHT
January 9, 2017 INTERVIEW: APPROACHING THE NEW YEAR an audio interview with Ilia Delio
January 2, 2017 GOD IS BORN AGAIN AND AGAIN by ILIA DELIO
December 26, 2016 LOVE AND THE DARK ENERGY OF EXPANSION by TED PETERS
December 19, 2016 ADVENT: LOVE COMING TO FULLNESS by RICHARD ROHR
December 12, 2016 LOVE IN AN UNFINISHED UNIVERSE: AN ADVENT REFLECTION by BRUCE SANGUIN
December 5, 2016 WAITING IN AN UNFINISHED UNIVERSE by ILIA DELIO
November 28, 2016 NOVEMBER INTERVIEW: HARNESSING LOVE IN CHANGING AND CHALLENGING TIMES, an audio interview with Ilia Delio
November 21, 2016 WOULD YOU TAKE A “JESUS PILL”? by RON COLE-TURNER
November 14, 2016 ON KILLING MICE AND LOVING ROBOTS: ARE WE COMMITTING A GREAT INJUSTICE? by PETER ARMSTRONG
November 7, 2016 THE DEPTH OF LOVE IN A SHALLOW CULTURE by ILIA DELIO
October 31, 2016 OCTOBER INTERVIEW: LOVE IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING an audio interview with Ilia Delio
October 24, 2016 MY PERSONAL REFLECTION ON SEEKING NEW TRUTHS by CHARLOTTE A. TOMAINO, PHD
October 17, 2016 GOD OF LOVE IN A QUANTUM COSMOLOGY by PETER TREMBLAY
October 10, 2016 THE EMERGENCE OF DIVINE LOVE THROUGH HUMAN SUFFERING by PATRICK BELDIO, MFA, PHD
October 3, 2016 WHAT IS GOD? by ILIA DELIO, OSF
September 26, 2016 THE SECOND AXIAL EMERGENCE by MATTHEW WRIGHT
September 19, 2016 FOUR WAYS OF UNDERSTANDING LOVE IN A FRACTURED WORLD by EDWIN E. OLSON, PHD
September 12, 2016 LOVE IS THE ANSWER – WHAT IS THE QUESTION? by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
September 5, 2016 LOVE AS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION by ILIA DELIO, OSF
August 29, 2016 CAN SCIENCE HEAL OUR WORLD? by ILIA DELIO, OSF
August 22, 2016 THE POWER OF LOVE IN AN UNFINISHED WORLD by KATHLEEN DUFFY
August 15, 2016 CO-CREATIVE DIVINIZATION: TOWARDS OMEGA by PETER B. TODD
August 8, 2016 CAN YOU CHOOSE A CONSCIOUSNESS OF LOVE TO LIVE FROM? by CHARLOTTE A. TOMAINO, PHD
August 1, 2016 LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE COSMOS by ILIA DELIO, OSF