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.

Blogs

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN F. HAUGHT

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.

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THE NEW COSMIC STORY

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.

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GOD AS MYSTERY

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.

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DESPITE THE NEWS, WE BELONG TO ONE ANOTHER

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...

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Blog Archives

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