Prayers to an Evolutionary God by William Cleary

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Your image of God has evolved from a distant, all-knowing father to a creative force of the universe. Now it’s time to update your prayer, too.

An evolutionary God is the one whose fingerprints and embraces and music we find in the evolutionary patterns in the unfinished world around us, the elusive mother and inventor of this ever-changing milieu. It is a God who pretends—for some purpose we do not comprehend—not even to exist, but whom we can reach out for and give thanks to, if we wish—as most of our race has done throughout its history.
—from the Introduction

In this unique collection of eighty prose prayers and related commentary, William Cleary invites you to consider new ways of thinking about God and about the world around you. Inspired by the spiritual and scientific teachings of Diarmuid O’Murchu and Teilhard de Chardin, Cleary reveals that religion and science can be combined to create an expanding view of the universe—an evolutionary faith.

Prayers to an Evolutionary God inspires you to discover your own place in the story of the universe, challenges you to rethink life in new ways, and enables you to express yourself in words that make sense—to an evolutionary God.


About William Cleary

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William Cleary, former assistant editor at Catholic Weekly America, is the author of many books in the field of spirituality. He is a former Jesuit priest, filmmaker, and composer. His musical Chun Hyang Song was performed at the Seoul Olympics. Cleary is married to a Unitarian Universalist minister, and is the father of two musician sons. His website is Diarmuid O'Murchu is internationally known for writing some of the most revolutionary books in science and religion over the past ten years, beginning with the bestselling Quantum Theology. A member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, Fr. O'Murchu is a social psychologist whose entire working life has been in social ministry. He has worked as a missioner with AIDS patients, homeless people and refugees in Africa, India, Thailand, Peru, Australia, the Philippines, the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe. He is in high demand as a speaker on all continents. His best known books include Quantum Theology, Reclaiming Spirituality, Evolutionary Faith, and The Transformation of Desire.
Published April 1, 2004 by Skylight Paths Publishing. 182 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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But Cleary's concept of evolution is hard to untangle, especially when the possibility of divine guidance makes evolution almost like creation, albeit without the accountability that a traditional Creator bears towards creation: "Holy Mystery, our relational spirit-creator, allow us to feel nonpl...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed William Cleary is the former assistant editor at the Catholic weekly America and is the author of many books on spirituality including Prayers to She Who Is.

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