This is an erudite book by one of the leading Catholic philosophers of our time. Bracken shows that if God plays dice, God does not play alone.
Ilia Delio, OSF, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
This is a bold and innovative attempt to re-frame Catholic theology in process terms. It leads to tolerant, humane and inclusive interpretations of many Christian doctrines, and Bracken mentions many scientific findings that give support to process insights. In my opinion, it is well worth studying as an alternative approach to classical theism and neo-Thomism.
Keith Ward, Modern Believing
Perfect conversation partners-St. Benedict and his self-styled curmudgeon disciple, Terence Kardong! Readers seeking wisdom will find themselves drawn into exchanges on both contemporary and perennial issues facing monastics and others committed to living well in community. Who can escape concerns about mutual presence and mutual assistance, the value of silence, power dynamics, the good uses of electronic stuff, and what not to wear, as well as the dozen other practical topics in this essay collection? The author's opinions will evoke yours.
Mary Collins, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS
Weaving together the wisdom of Whitehead, issues in ancient philosophy and contemporary science, and his commitment to Christian theology, Joseph Bracken offers compelling arguments that affirm God works providentially in the world. Bracken finely tunes and ardently articulates his model of a Triune God who empowers creatures in a world of freedom and chance. Of his many books, I find this one most lucid, as Bracken takes his well percolated insights and applies them to concrete issues in theology, philosophy, and science.
Thomas Jay Oord
Pick up this book and you'll find yourself immediately engaged in a conversation, at times inspired or nodding in wholehearted agreement, at other times vehemently disagreeing, and at other times laughing or smiling at its humor. As such, it is a great conversation starter for monastic communities, oblates, and faith sharing groups.
Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, Vocation Director, Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, MO
The mass of theological literature engendered by the ecumenical movement has stimulated important theological and philosophical reflection for the global human family, of which this volume is an important contribution. The book looks, helpfully, at the basis of the WCC and its contribution to deepening relations and reflection. It brings important philosophical and feminist theoretical reflection to bear on these developments and the future of dialogue.
Jeffrey Gros, FSC, Distinguished Professor of Ecumenism and Historical Theology, Memphis Theological Seminary
Bracken's book will appeal to thoughtful Christians convinced of the need for a radical transformation of theological discourse in a post-mechanistic era. This intellectually challenging work sums up the author's many years of rethinking Christian faith within the framework of Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy.
John F. Haught, PhD
This well-considered series of essays, bringing Saint Benedict's Rule into dialogue with contemporary attitudes and issues, is both instructive and entertaining. Each essay is thought-provoking, honest, and challenging. They are also powerful and contemporary expositions of basic monastic values.
Michael Casey, OCSO, Author of The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict's Rule