A New Earth: Tolle (Join a Discussion!!)

November 30, 2007

A New Earht Reflection

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Seduced by Grace: contemporary spirituality, gay experience and Christian faith

November 28, 2007

Seduced by Grace‘Seduced by Grace: Contemporary spirituality, Gay experience and Christian faith’
by Michael Bernard Kelly
With a Foreword by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

RRP $24.95

ISBN: 9780980298321

These are the passionate despatches of a reporter from one of the most hostile – for gay men and women – regimes on earth: the Catholic church. Michael Kelly has come out but stayed in. His indictment of the church is stark but his vision of what it might become has the power to move even hardened atheists. – David Marr

Every chapter in this book is an invitation. Its thoughts and stories carry you over and over again into a deeper place where you can reflect on your own life and, indeed, universal life. At one point, its author observes ‘…religious talk is about religious talk. Life becomes a footnote.’ Life is never a footnote for Michael Kelly. His close experience of the engaging of religion with life is both challenging and inspiring. I couldn’t put this book down, not just because it relates to my own story but because it is authentic, vulnerable, yet life-giving. It does not demand that you agree, but gently and profoundly opens up the questions within a brave and faithful journey. Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon

Michael Kelly writes with great precision and poignancy of a yearning which everyone shares. A yearning for love, both physical and spiritual. A yearning for completion. In this wonderful collection of essays, Kelly seduces the reader with his insights into those fleeting moments in which we encounter the greatest mystery of all. – Dr Fiona Capp

 In these collected writings – essays, articles, letters, talks – Michael Kelly invites us into an intimate exploration of the inner wisdom and radical challenge of Christianity. In reflections that take us from the fields of Nicaragua to the ‘War on Terror’, from the joy of erotic pleasure to the challenge of rebuilding the church, Kelly gives voice to a spirituality of desire, grounded in justice and love. Michael Kelly is a freelance writer, activist, counsellor and educator, known internationally for his ministry in spirituality, sexuality and human integration.

This new book presents Michael Kelly’s collected writings and lectures, composed over a ten year period. Exploring contemplative spirituality, erotic grace, prophetic activism, gay experience, and the soulful challenges of contemporary living, this collection is a major new contribution from the author of The Erotic Contemplative lecture series.

Publisher: Clouds of Magellan

Title distributed by Bulldog Books

Publisher: Gordon Thompson – 0423 625 760 – rediris@vicnet.net.au

BOOK REVIEW Deep spirituality underlies gay Catholic’s activism
Terry Monagle
Seduced by GraceMichael Bernard Kelly undergoes the personal struggle to reconcile his own deep faith with being proudly gay. He then takes up the fight for acceptance of gays in the Catholic Church.
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Listen to the People, Listen to the Land

July 2, 2007
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The Face of Islam: SMH May 2007

April 30, 2007

The Face of Islam

Radical Nature

April 16, 2007

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Praise for Radical Nature

This book exposes the biggest con job in the history of human thought-that matter and nature are dead, mindless, unfeeling, and disconnected from ourselves. Christian de Quincey brilliantly shows that this point of view is not only wrong, but it is dangerous and destructive for ourselves and our world. He shows that consciousness is primordial and that it permeates all of existence, a view that is consistent with much emerging scientific evidence. Radical Nature gives us an image that is as hopeful and fulfilling as the old view was empty and depressing. Never have we needed such a view as now.

Larry Dossey, MD
Author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine
This book has been twenty years in the making. And now that it’s here, we should be thankful. Christian de Quincey’s Radical Nature is one of the most important books on consciousness and cosmology to appear in decades. Anyone interested in questions about soul and nature, about the relationship between consciousness and the world of matter, about meaning in the universe, needs to read it. The author presents a compelling “new cosmology story” so fitting for our times. I anticipate an eager market for this, ranging from cosmologists, philosophers, spiritual seekers, and theologians, to enlightened postmodern “New Agers.” The ideas will engage and challenge professionals for years to come; the clear, reader-friendly style will inspire any intelligent person who cares about the future of our world. This book will be required reading for my students in philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness.

Brian Swimme, PhD
Cosmologist and author of The Universe Story

Aboriginal peoples of the world (wherever they’re still found intact) know that consciousness goes “all the way down.” They perceive this as directly and as intuitively as we perceive the humor in a joke. For this reason, it’s not really something we can “discover,” any more than we “discovered” America. Nonetheless, for us latecomers (for whom the concept is a stranger), Christian de Quincey has provided a delightfully accessible
foundation for its rediscovery.

Daniel Quinn
Author of Ishmael and The Story of B

em>Radical Nature is that long-awaited book: a serious, philosophical-scientific treatise that addresses the greatestphilosophical issue of all times, and throws light on it. The concept of matter as inert and “dead” was indeed an exception in the long history of intellectual thought, but it came to be equated with self-evident truth in the modern mind. De Quincey shows that this is an aberration-that the universe is far more complex, vital, and “interesting” than standard materialistic science envisages. It is time to return to the concept that there is consciousness in nature, as de Quincey says, “all the way down.” The rediscovery of this perennial insight lends both fresh meaning to our individual existence, and a fresh impetus to changing our attitude to nature from exploitation to participation.Ervin Laszlo, PhD
Systems philosopher and author of The Whispering Pond

Christian de Quincey is that rare thing: someone equally at home in analytical philosophy and in the spirit of the New Age. No one knows better how to criticize the materialist position from the inside. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Radical Nature. I won’t say I always agree with it. But, if anything can shake the current scientific complacency about the mindlessness of matter, this will.

Nicholas Humphrey, PhD
Author of A History of the Mind and Leaps of Faith

Radical Nature is a unique book that gets right down to the essence of the challenges facing any science of consciousness. Christian de Quincey has made a very important contribution to the current debate on consciousness, placing it in a wider cosmological context and covering the breadth of philosophical perspectives on the mind-body issue. Radical Nature is essential reading for anyone interested in consciousness

Peter Russell
Scholar and author of The Global Brain, and Waking Up in Time


This is a brilliant and much needed book. De Quincey is aware of the deleterious effects of the dualisms that our modern scientific world is heir to, but he does not just wish them away. Instead he rigorously investigates the philosophical history underlying these dualisms, identifies some of the wrong turns and suggests imaginative solutions. As a result, he has produced a deep work that is both intellectually satisfying and spiritually reunitive.

Joseph Prabhu, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, California State University Occasional Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, U.C. Berkeley

Christian de Quincey is a thoughtful and well-informed writer, whose articles in the Noetic Sciences Review and elsewhere represent some of the best writing in this field. His book Radical Nature provides a comprehensive overview to modern debates about the nature of consciousness. It will appeal to thoughtful readers. His provocative proposal of a new model of radical naturalism will challenge both materialists and dualists, and play an important part in the current debate. His writing is clear and well balanced, and shows a well-developed power of synthesis.

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD
Biologist and author of A New Science of Life and Seven Experiments that Could Change the World

Christian de Quincey’s Radical Nature is a very welcome addition to the growing body of scientific and philosophical literature that proclaims consciousness at the ground of all being. Readers will especially benefit from the insights into the subtleties of consciousness that de Quincey contributes to the field.

Amit Goswami, PhD
Physicist and author of The Self-Aware Universe and The Visionary Window

Radical Natureis a powerful corrective to the prevalent dualisms encoded in our culture and consciousness. Christian de Quincey articulates another way of knowing and appreciating the world that rearranges our universe in quite remarkable ways. These well-researched and thought-provoking explorations are a philosophical road map for bridging the gap between spirit and matter.

Suzi Gablik
Art critic and author of The Reenchantment of Art

“Once More, With Feeling” a review by Alan Combs

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The Biology of Transcendence

April 16, 2007

The Biology of Transcendence


Editorial Reviews
Jean Houston, author of A Passion for the Possible and Jump Time
Here, in brilliant and incisive words is the foundation for a new mind and a new world.

Fran Shaw, Parabola, Fall, 2003 : “. . . an engaging blend of scientific research and personal accounts of altered states, [this book] outlines the anatomy of levels of consciousness.”

Jean Houston, author of A Passion for the Possible and Jump Time : “This is a masterpiece of science and spirit, love over law, and the stunning biological truth  of the capacity for transcendence that the universe has placed within us.  There is much in this work that could solve the problems of history. Here, in brilliant and incisive words is the foundation for a new mind and a new world.”

Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight :

The Biology of Transcendence will transform your worldview and change forever your understanding of our past, present, and future. Riveting, insightful, and penetrating, Pearce has laid out one of the most startling and powerful visions of our future. . . . You won’t be able to put this book down, and when you’ve read it, you won’t be able to stop talking about it with everybody you know.”
John W. Travis, M.D., M.P.H., author of Simply Well and Wellness Workbook : “I’ve spent over thirty years pioneering wellness programs, always trying to grasp why it is such a struggle for people to attain and maintain the well-being that is their birthright. In the last decade I finally came to appreciate what Pearce discovered long ago: that the heart and key to wellness lies in how we nurture our young–enabling them to thrive, rather than merely survive.”

Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., author of Smart  Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head and Awakening the Child Heart :”Joseph Chilton Pearce has profoundly altered my view of religion and culture and has left me with both the understanding and the tools to go beyond limitations to the joy of love and all its possibilities.”
Robert Simmon, The Metaphysical Guide to Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 : “Rarely does a single book encompass such far reaching vistas and disturbing revelations as The Biology of Transcendence.”

Charles Eisenstein, Progressive Health, Summer 2004 : “Revolutionary significance for anyone…seeking clues on how to develop the magnificent but frustrated potential that is ourbirthright.”

The Midwest Book Review: “…a survey of spiritual transcendence so linked to science that it earns a place of respect in the spheres of science, health, and metaphysics.”

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What is Conscience? a cautionary tale

January 2, 2007

Maguire CoverThis book will guide you to link your innermost self with the Creator and help you discover your own sense of conscience.


theologian – historian – writer
Conscience: a cautionary tale? ad tuendam fidem presents an analysis of the inner nature of moral conscience in terms of Thomas Aquinas’ insights into the metaphysics of existence: in the process it indicates how and why inevitably, there must be a tension between the demands of personal conscience and any attempt by the Magisterium of the Church to present an “objective” statement of moral propositions applicable to every situation; an epilogue contains a commentary on Pope John Paul II’s most recent encyclical, Fides et Ratio.

Review by Br Brian Grenier, CFC

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Faith Beyond Resentment:Fragments Catholic and Gay

January 2, 2007

James Alison

London: DLT, 2001 (ISBN 0232524114) & New York: Crossroad, 2001 (ISBN 0824519221).


‘spluttering up the beach to Nineveh…’ – a chapter from the book

Rowan Williams’ review

The publisher wrote:
A stunningly original re-imagining of the Catholic faith by one of the most lucid and exciting theologians writing in English today. Widely acclaimed for his work examining the fundamental themes in Catholic theology, in Faith Beyond Resentment James Alison offers an account of Christianity that is moving, liberating, and deeply personal, yet rooted in Catholic tradition.

This is not a book of gay theology but, much more daringly, of Catholic theology from a gay perspective, addressing both those who are not gay and those who are not Catholic, “people of whatever background negotiating the world of faith in the time of the collapsing closet”.

From James Alison Web 

Sacrifice, Law and the Catholic Faith: is secularity really the enemy? – The Tablet Lecture 2006.

Wrath and the Gay Question – James’ Baltimore (USA) October 2006 talk is available for purchase on CD from the Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women.

You are not That Important

January 2, 2007

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Dizdar, Drasko (Author Info)

$8.95ISBN 1876295988

Drasko Dizdar lives an eremitical life which would seem to isolate him from the issues that absorb the world of 14 year olds. However his hermitage became a refuge for a young boy called Luke and out of this graced encounter has come a small book of wisdom for men and boys.In a Church and community rocked by the sexual abuse of minors the role of male mentors is one we must reclaim and restore to its rightful place in our global village. This book points to the vitality and power of mentors for young men.

In 32 pages Drasko shares the lessons of life that have been handed on to him. These lessons are presented as challenging grabs (from Richard Rohr): Life is hard, You are going to die, You are not that important, You are not in control, Your life is not about you.

As well as the wisdom of the text, this book speaks of the power of relationship and the responsibility older men share for the development of younger men.

Drasko Dizdar will be known to readers for his presentation (in Brisbane, Australia – Ed.) during the 2005 Jesuit Lenten Seminars, ‘Honesty Matters’. This book is an honest statement of what it means to be a man. It deserves a wide readership not only by fathers and sons but also by those who find themselves mentoring young men.

My first copy is going to my nephew who turns 14 next month and a second copy to a young neighbour who turned 21 this weekend and recently asked me to help him deal with issues of grief and anger in his life.

– Mr Tony Robertson

700 days in El Salvador

November 6, 2006

700 Days in El Salvador

Michele Gierck

Non-Fiction Writer

 700 Days in El Salvador is Michele’s first book, published by Coretext in May 2006. This memoir is written with earthiness and humour. It is a personal journey: through life and death, love, longing and belonging and the shattering of innocence. In describing the author’s involvement in El Salvador during the 1980s and 90s, it is an insider’s account of political struggle, war and its aftermath. The book does not focus on the bombs and massacres but rather the personal human stories about the way people respond to war, their fear, resilience and hope. It also questions just how much we will put on the line for those we love and when it’s time to walk away.

Michele is a Melbourne based freelance writer whose feature articles have been published regularly in Eureka Street magazine since 2001 and also appear in the daily newspapers The Courier Mail (Brisbane), The Age (Melbourne) and The Australian (throughout Australia). She is an experienced public speaker who is booked regularly in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Eureke Street review