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Birth of a Dancing Star: My Journey from Cradle Catholic to Cyborg Christian

Birth of a Dancing Star: My Journey from Cradle Catholic to Cyborg Christian

Ilia Delio
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“I have spent a lifetime entangled with the mystery of God, constantly in the throes of Augustine’s question, ‘What is it I love when I love You, my God?’  I liken my story to the biblical story of Jonah and the whale; no matter how much I try to run away, God is constantly searching for me.”

In this heartfelt and spirited memoir,  bestselling author Ilia Delio, one of the most exciting thinkers on the frontier between religion and science, recounts a journey that took her from scientist to theologian, and from traditional cloistered nun to a leading proponent of evolution and “cyborg life.” From the Baltimore Catechism and the suburban malls of New Jersey, through a somewhat wild adolescence, to the halls of scientific research, to a monastic cloister, and to eventual home in a post-Vatican II experiment in religious life, hers is an account of awakening and spiritual adventure.

Along the way we follow her discovery of the mystic-scientist Teilhard de Chardin, and her entry into the Franciscan view of the cosmos as “locus of God’s self-revelation and self-becoming.”

Ilia Delio, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC, is Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. Her many books include Christ in Evolution, The Emergent Christ, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love, and Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness.


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