Robert Ellsberg

Publisher's Letter: November 2019

With each of her books Sister Ilia Delio has struck out for new horizons. From Christ in Evolution and The Emergent Christ, to The Unbearable Wholeness of Being and Making All Things New, she has followed the intuitions of Teilhard de Chardin and the implications of an evolving universe, to chart a bold new understanding of faith and the meaning of “catholicity.” Now, in her new memoir, Birth of a Dancing Star: My Journey from Cradle Catholic to Cyborg Christian, she traces her own spiritual evolution. Prepare yourself for the ride!

From the Baltimore Catechism and the suburban malls of New Jersey, through a somewhat wild adolescence, to the halls of scientific research (she earned a PhD in pharmacology), to a monastic cloister, to studies in theology, and an eventual home in a post-Vatican II experiment in religious life, Delio recounts a journey of awakening and spiritual adventure. Along the way we learn how she discovered in Teilhard and the Franciscan view of the cosmos a “locus of God’s self-revelation and self-becoming,” a guide to a new frontier between religion and science.

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