Re-enchanting the Earth
By: Ilia Delio
“Ilia Delio draws with refreshing originality on post-humanism, the work of AI visionaries, and the deep theological insight of Teilhard de Chardin. The result is a summons from the future, a winsome, readable, and urgent call for a new humanity and a new spirituality . . . . Profound and poetic!”—Ron Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Center
"Ilia Delio does what has been long overdue. She has harnessed the most potent progressive religious vision of the recent past that of Teilhard de Chardin to the emerging secular trends of trans- and post-humanism, which equally promise to radically transform our sense of being in the world. The result is a provocative call to arms for a generation that already embraces science and technology but wants to go beyond conventional religion in search of spiritual inspiration and direction." --Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, author, Humanity 2.0
"A wide-ranging interdisciplinary study that provocatively interprets classic Christian themes for today s connected, dynamic and reflective world. Delio insightfully yet accessibly reconceives the human and reimagines religion." --David Grumett, University of Edinburgh
In this bold new work, scientist and theologian Ilia Delio takes up the challenge of devising a rapprochement between science and religion, with particular attention to the role of Artificial Intelligence, or AI. If the “first axial age” gave rise to the great religions, she sees us now on the cusp of a “second axial age,” in which AI, oriented by new religious sensibilities, can bring about an ecological re-enchantment of the earth.
Ilia Delio, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC, is Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University and founder of the Omega Center. Her many books include Christ in Evolution, The Emergent Christ, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being, and Birth of a Dancing Star: My Journey from Cradle Catholic to Cyborg Christian. She is editor of the Orbis Books series Catholicity in an Emerging Universe.