Ilia Delio, OSF holds the Josephine C. Connelly Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University. Her area of research is Science and Religion with interests in artificial intelligence, evolution, quantum physics, and the import of these for Christian doctrine and life. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacology from Rutgers University, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate in Historical Theology from Fordham University. She is the author of over twenty books including Making All things New (Catholicity in an Evolving Universe), a finalist for the 2019 Michael Ramsey Prize and The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love, for which she won the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a 2014 Catholic Press Association Book Award in Faith and Science. Her latest book is Re-Enchanting the Earth: Why AI Needs Religion. She is the founder of the Center for Christogenesis, an online educational resource for promoting the vision of Teilhard de Chardin and, more broadly, the integration of science and religion in the 21st century.Some of the main points discussed in this conversation. What is God? As we enter the mystery of God, language fails us, and the mystery grasps us all the more. The mystery of God is the same mystery at the heart of physics. There’s nothing outside the existence of God. God is existence itself. God’s love is so infinite that there is nothing in this creation that’s un-loveable or unloved by God. This is a finite creation. Wherever there are boundaries there is the possibility of suffering. Suffering and death are part of the life cycle. Reincarnation discussion. Are multiple incarnations sequential or simultaneous? A deep experience of the mystery of God supports the freedom to speculate, dream, and imagine. Science and religion need one another in order to fully understand the world. The necessity and drawbacks of specialization and the complexification of knowledge. If our hearts are grounded in holy mystery we become more fully God-like in our actions. Humanity won’t have a sustainable future unless we renew the deeper dimension in our lives. Cyborgs and transhumanism The mutually beneficial relationship between spiritual and material technologies. A profound spiritual transformation is underway. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s idea of a new religion of the earth, retaining the wisdom of the past but creating something new for the future. Wherever in the universe intelligent life exists, it will search for ultimate intelligence. Intelligent design The core energy of the universe – God - is love. The force that creates stars is the same force that manifests as love in humans. Love is the highest knowledge. In the evening of life, we shall be judged on love alone. Making love the lens through which we see all of life. “The more I am in union with another, the more I am in touch with myself because it’s the core of myself that’s in union.” What might the world be like if everyone were enlightened?Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.Interview recorded June 26, 2021.Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.
Sr Ilia Delio, a respected academic and theologian, is Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University and the author of nearly 20 books including Christ In Evolution, The Emergent Christ, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being and Making All Things New. She is the founder and vision behind the Omega Center now Center for Christogenesis. She is an internationally sought after presenter speaking on the intersection of Science and Religion and we were honored to have Ilia give weekend retreats in Kansas City (of course, before packed crowds) in 2017 and 2018. Her recent memoir- Birth of a Dancing Star is just out. Regarding this book, Barbara Brown Taylor says the following “Thank God there is nothing linear in the lifeline of this book. Delio tells her rising, spiraling story with such transparent joy that she seizes every change of plan as a new dance move from God. Only out of chaos can a star be born, she says, welcoming us to take our own places in the rising, spiraling story of the universe.”
Episode 134: Ilia Delio - Grounding God in Evolution
The Bible For Normal People
On this episode, Pete and Jared discuss the intersection of faith and science with scientist and theologian Ilia Delio. They get into why these two subjects have historically been at odds and why it holds us back to continue believing they actually are.Show Notes →Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
WHAT IS LIFE? #21 A philosophical conversation with Tim Freke and Ilia Delio
The Freke Show
Private conversations made public for you to explore ideas with us. Ilia and I discuss the pioneering work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, life and death, the power of love and being 'pilgrims from the future'. Ilia Delio, OSF holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova Universe. She is the author of twenty-two books and numerous articles. Prior to Villanova she taught at Georgetown University where she was the Haub Director of Catholic Studies and Washington Theological Union. She lectures nationally and internationally on various topics in Science and Religion, including religion and evolution, consciousness and complexity, integral ecology and artificial intelligence. Tim Freke is a philosopher and author of 35 books, translated into more than 15 languages, including a Sunday Times bestseller and Daily Telegraph 'Book of the Year'. He is one of ‘The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People’ on the 2020 list in Watkins Magazine (# 50). He is the founder of ‘Unividualism’, which combines evolutionary science and deep spirituality to offer a visionary new understanding of the nature of reality and the purpose of life. He leads experiential Deep Awakening retreats internationally. https://timfreke.com
In her lecture “The Techno Human: Better World or Deeper Problems?,” Ilia Delio, OSF, Josephine C. Connelly Chair in Theology at VIllanova University, considers the issues of digital dualism that arise with emerging Artificial Intelligence. The Fuller Missiology Lectures is an annual conference held by the School of Intercultural Studies. The 2019 lectures “Techno-Sapiens in a Networked Era: Becoming Digital Neighbors” explored how digital technology shapes human interaction, virtue formation, and engagement with the cultural and religious other. For more resources for a deeply formed spiritual life, visit Fuller.edu/Studio
Ilia Delio: Living Creation Theology: Franciscan Contributions
Centre for Catholic Studies Podcast
Sr Prof. Ilia Delio, OSF (Villanova University): Living Creation Theology in the Context of Contemporary Science: The Distinctive Contribution of the Franciscan Theological TraditionAnnual Teilhard Lecture supported by the British Teilhard Network
the Entangled God of My Heart with Ilia Delio #CosmicCampfire
Homebrewed Christianity Podcast
Ilia Delio, OSF, is the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, a wide read author, popular speaker, and down right passionate communicator at the intersection of religion, science, and our evolving universe. I had a complete blast talking to her and we covered a bunch of different facets of her work including her journey from molecular biology to the monastery to the academic study of theology. We also tackle: the role of mystery in theology Artificial Intelligence Cyborgs cosmic evolution reconciling God with the scientific world the ecological crisis At the end of the interview Ilia suggested two places to begin reading her work, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love and Hunger for Wholeness, A: Soul, Space, and Transcendence. When asked what three books she would recommend to dig deeper into the topics we tackled in our conversation she said… Deeper Than Darwin: The Prospect For Religion In The Age Of Evolution and God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution by John Haught Christianity and Evolution, by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Bonaventure’s Soul’s Journey to God which can be found in this most excellent collection of his writings.
Ilia Delio explains how Jesus is like the Singularity, shows us why Christianity is the religion of evolution, and explores the thought of Teilhard de Chardin—the 1930s priest who foresaw the internet.Bio:Ilia Delio is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Washington, D.C.,is the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, and the author of 17 books, including The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love.Books & Links The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love The Emergent Christ Other Books by Ilia Delio Conference: Christianity as Planetary Faith: Engaging Teilhard’s Vision Topics: Christ & Evolution Creation, Sanctification & Redemption is one process of Incarnation—a person coming into the world. Jesus is the beginning of the fuller incarnation. Christianity is the one religion that says God is involved in everything What's missing from Darwinian evolution The Florida God, the Kool-Aid Man God, and the Christian God Teilhard de Chardin (as quoted in the Royal Wedding!) The Jesuit Priest Who Believed in God and the Singularity — Micah's article for Motherboard Teilhard's influence on Vatican II, Pope Benedict, Pope John Paul, and Pope Francis The relationship between Teilhard & Julian Huxley ("the father of modern transhumanism") The Omega Point Religion as zest for life Religion in the best sense should wake us up, move us into the world, to be doing new things The whole New Testament is future-oriented Transhumanism will transform the church Does the Body of Christ include other religions? Developing religion toward the life of God "God loves new things" Pull-Quotes: "Jesus is like a new Big Bang. Jesus is the Singularity." <-- Tweet this"Christianity is the religion of evolution." "Christians are not separate from the whole. Christians are to be the prime evolvers." "Our humanness is the ability to grow out of suffering." "The comparative power of religious creeds may be measured by their respective power of evolutive activation." — Teilhard (Watch the video of this conversation)
Ilia Delio part 1: Doing Theology in an Unfinished Universe
Theology in Dialogue
The first part of a lecture from Sr. Ilia Delio, Villanova University's Connely Chair Professor of Systematic Theology, on the significance of modern science and cosmology for theological reflection today.