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12 April 2002
Where did the world come from? When did it begin? Where is it headed? What are we here for? What does it all mean? And what is the next evolutionary leap?

Diarmuid O'Murchu offers exciting answers -- and other intriguing questions -- in this popular synthesis of science, theology, and spirituality. As a species, humanity stands on a new evolutionary threshold. O'Murchu deconstructs old paradigms and reveals new horizons that offer vision and hope not only for the future but for the present. Like Quantum Theology, Evolutionary Faith is a groundbreaking book for our times.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (12 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570754519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570754517
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writer 22 Aug 2014
The excellence of Diarmuid O'Murchu is immediately evident. He is challenging the status quo in institutional analysis and putting forward a new knowledge synthesized from many disciplines. He writes succinctly and is a recognized writer and speaker in many areas of evolutionary spirituality and sub-disciplines.
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2.0 out of 5 stars O'Murchu gets carried away with himself 3 Dec 2013
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O'Murchu blurs line between sense and his version of reality. He seems carried away by his own intelligence and wants to re write 2000 years of Christianity
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I found this book highly stimulating and energising. It spoke deeply to my faith and psyche and the concepts, though re-evolutionary, were somehow deeply authentic. I would recommend it to anyone who is searching for a deeper faith in light of the latest findings in cosmology and the thought and scholarship of contemporary thinkers and seekers in faith and religion. I found the book both challenging and a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best blend of science and theology I've ever read 20 Nov 2003
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I had long ago left the Christian faith because of its incongruity with science, the environment and the cosmos. O'Murchu has clarified in writing what I have instinctively, intuitively felt for decades but could not express as eloquently as he. Quantum Theology has resurrected what I thought was my spiritually dead self.
It is difficult reading, but well worth the effort. I find myself looking at the universe and life from a new and refreshing perspective.
Randy Herring's review must have been written by an intellectual show-off. One of the major premises of the book is not how one deals with the world, but rather, how the world deals with us. Our control is imaginary and our understanding ridiculously lacking, and that was one of O'Murchu's major points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars golden wedding 5 Sep 2008
By Greg Zimmerman - Published on
This is an excellent wedding of science and theology. Far too long have we seen the struggle between the two for gaining real insights to understand more clearly our lifelong responsibilities to ourselves and our environment. The author clearly puts this before us giving us a more complete story that is both current and credible. As he states "it is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning." This book will give you the satisfaction that comes with understanding how everything is connected. This is a short book that is worth more than many volumes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling and Prophetic Work 5 Sep 2011
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O'Murchu's 'Evolutionary Faith' is not an easy read in that it requires a fully attentive mind to assimilate the full extent and depth of its message. And that message, conveyed through the medium of unfolding story, is that we belong and can only authentically live out our lives, in the context of our planetary and cosmic home. Unless or until we make a spiritual homecoming to this mystical 'place' of belonging at the heart of creation, and learn to listen, love and grow in congruence with its meaning for our lives (God's primary and ultimate revelation), we will forever flounder in our misguided will to power, arrogance, control and domination. From his seminal work, "Quantum Theology" to his most recent, "Christianity's Dangerous Memory", O'Murchu's writing has the quality of a profound quest . . and what this cutting-edge thinker has to say, he says exquisitely, compellingly and prophetically. Highly recommended for the discerning reader who has an interest in evolutionary theology's interface with science.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Non-Teilhardian and pantheistic 9 Feb 2004
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This is a very informative book, since the author spreads his net far and wide as is obvious from the biliography. His views are novel and interesting, but definitely part company with Teilhard de Chardin and traditional theism. Pere Teilhard's vision is convergent; O'Murchu's is divergent. He presents us with a universe having no beginning and no end. Also, God exists within this universe, but not outside it. These two concepts are consistent with pantheism. A more traditional and more awe-inspiring view is that the universe exists within God.
Pere Teilhard's system focuses on the Omega point as the point of convergence for all evolution and all space-time. This is really missing from O'Murchu, since his universe never really gets to Omega.
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring reading 23 Mar 2014
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Very readable with some deep insights into the potential of the human race if we can only survive our adolescence !, I too think that some of the negative reviews of this book reek of intellectual snobbery and speak more of semantics than the content.
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