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Does the Hubble telescope deepen our appreciation for
the “gifts” of God as they unfold from age
to age or merely heighten the unique hubris of our species?
Sacred Presence moves readably through church
history, theology and traditions as preparation for consideration
of the tectonic shifts in worldview produced by science,
globalization and popular culture. Beginning with the
Old Testament visions of the brooding warrior God of Sinai
and the precarious history of His “Chosen”,
he moves to the image of Christ the neighbor, teacher
and humble servant and its contrast to the “King
of Kings” and the symbols of power and triumph found
in the Pauline letters. Finally, the book confronts the
profound mystery of nature itself and the wonderous generosity
of creation described by the continuing revelation of
both mystics and scientists. This book is very much in
line with Sallie McFague’s “ecological reformation”
and Fr. Thomas Berry’s “great work”.
It brings a sense of the sacred into the new story of
origins that has emerged from the last century and continues
to unfold into the next.
With clear chapter summaries, appendixes and bibliography,
Sacred Presence will be a natural for study groups and
book clubs. One can sense in its pages the sea air and
natural beauty of Salt Spring Island where its author
resides. One has the feeling that someone steeped in the
history and traditions of the church is following that
wisdom into the “new world” revealed by the
curiosity and wonder of the restless human spirit. Robert
Wild is a retired Anglican priest and serves on the Board
of Directors of Glenairly Centre for Earth and Spirit.