What is God Today? God as the Power of Evolution

” Whether or not you want to accept evolution, you are in evolution.
There is something deeper that is driving us, and I think at the heart of it,
the best name I can give is that mysterious name we call God.”
Ilia Delio

Ilia Delio, in this fourth video of our seven-part series on “What is God Today?”, explores God As The Power of Evolution: “Whether or not you want to accept evolution, you are in evolution. There is something deeper that is driving us, and I think at the heart of it, the best name I can give is that mysterious name we call God.”

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
by Jennifer Wallace

What is evolution? How might we experience it in our own lives?
Here, a lot of my own thoughts are inspired by the Jesuit, Pierre Teihard de Chardin, who brilliantly reflected on evolution and faith. Evolution is a process of increasing complexification and with that complexification we see there is a rise in consciousness. He calls this the “Law of Complexity Consciousness.” And we become more and more aware and that rise of consciousness eventually comes into an awareness of transcendence, awareness of divinity.

By complexification, Teilhard meant that the degrees of relationality increase: single cells don’t remain single cells, they join up with other cells. They become prokaroytes then eukaryotes, then multicellular. And then, before you know it, we have little earthworms and little babies and then big baboons and then we have humans. What we see from the point of evolution, life seeks more life. And where life is constrained or thwarted, when the conditions are not optimal
for life, nature will find ways to seek more life.

Now we come into religion and nature and we say, “Oh, that’s what religion is about–seeking that ultimate fulfillment of life. Our old religions no longer satisfy us. They don’t satisfy out deep need for longing, for desire, for that center within us. They don’t speak the language. They don’t have the paradigms that can help motivate us to be in love in a more deep and soulful way.

God is the power of evolution. Our world has rapidly evolved with technology. So, whether or not you want to accept evolution, you are in evolution. There’s something deeper that’s driving us and I think at the heart of it, the best name I can give is that mysterious name that we call God. God is that absolute horizon of infinite being in love.

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A love letter to Ilia and Peirre Teilhard de Chardin Dear Ilia, I am so grateful to have found your books, your website, the Omega community and you, the prophet. Of course none of this was accidental. It all started with a car accident on my 21st birthday in 1968. I was driving alone at night, back to my job as a junior housemistress in a rural boarding school in Australia. Only my knee was badly injured in the accident but when I regained consciousness in the ambulance, I was aware of a terrible pain in my chest (bruising from the impact against the steering wheel before seat belts) as I struggled to breathe, it crossed my mind that I might be dying. I remember clearly thinking ‘what did the nuns teach us to do when one is dying?’. I was feeling pretty panicky by now and said the ‘Our Father’ as I was praying I relaxed with great relief because I knew from that moment (since never waived in my whole body conviction), that I actually, after all that teenage angst and doubt , did believe in God and more importantly that he/she believed in me. It was the greatest birthday gift I could have wished for . However it took about 15 years of ‘unfolding’’ to recognise the giftedness of this experience. The freedom of discovering that “faith” is not a noun but a verb of growing and becoming has given me licence to come and go, explore here and there, on and off. From Liberation theology, to the feminist project, sojouning with protestant friends and projects in social justice and ecological activism to Francis’ Laudato Si, the testament in scripture and finally home to the cosmic Christ and Teilhard de Chardin. Recently I get quite giddy, or ‘tipsy’, in awe and wonder at evolutionary creation and sometimes can cry at the privilege of being part of it. When I see an ant, busy about its business, or a weed struggling between the paving stones, I say to them,’even to be one of you would have been a great gig in this universe!, but to be chosen to be human through chance and natural selection, at this time of internet and DNA, to live in this country of security and more than my needs, to be a woman, a mother, grandmother and to have reached this consciousness of ’ unbearable wholeness’ and all that that means takes my breath away, like a car crash! Just one question. I don’t believe in “supernatural” any more. Is that heresy? The more I read about evolutionary biology and ponder on its implications for an evolutionary chistology, the more it seems to me that from the sub atomic to the cosmic scale, natural creativity, interconnectivity, communication networks, diversity, regeneration: have it all in hand. Thus the concept of ’super-nature’ is a tautology. I hope humanity can redeem itself, so that homo sapiens can continue to evolve into communities of healing and peace, but if not, then the infinite impulse will mourn the suffering and loss, but life is’ immortal and love is eternal’ (Bede Jarret) Resurrection goes on in the now, on the cusp of creating the future. Many thanks for your website. People like me need your company and inspiration. Patricia
Patricia Devlin
Monasterevin, co.Kildare.Ireland, AK
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