God’s presence in our history and in the evolution of creation at large is that of a Spirit-power, wisely shaping and forming the inter-connected web of relationships that holds everything in being. The divine is first and foremost a wisdom-force, forging unceasingly the relationships that sustain and enhance life. In our Christian story, that relational process is encapsulated in the concept of the new reign of God, traditionally described as the “kingdom of God.”
The wisdom that imbues the sacred writings of many great religions, the wisdom that Christians perceive to be embodied uniquely in Jesus of Nazareth, is that same wisdom that gave birth to stars, pulsars, planets, and people. Although I have drawn mainly on the Christian story, I want to acknowledge that the wisdom story is bigger than Christianity and indeed exceeds in grandeur and elegance all the insights of the great religions. It is the prodigiously creative energy of being and becoming. It is the heartbeat of the evolutionary story in its elegant, timeless, and eternal unfolding.
Evolutionary theology requires us to honor the big picture where God in time begins prior to the evolution of the major religions as we know them today. The wise and holy God was at work for billions of years before religious consciousness began to develop. And that same creative wisdom will continue to beget radically new possibilities, forever defying and challenging the outstanding theories and inventions of the human mind.
–Diarmuid O’Murchu, Evolutionary Faith, p.72