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About the Author

Bruce Sanguin is a minister of Canadian Memorial Church & Centre for Peace in Vancouver, BC. He has been a United Church minister for eighteen years. Bruce is the author of If Darwin Prayed, The Advance of Love, and Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos as well as various other titles.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc. (April 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551455455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551455457
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Sanguin is a world leader in evolutionary Christian spirituality. Bruce grew up in Winnipeg and spent his teens and early twenties as a jock. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg without, as far as he can remember, having read a book. Except one, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Transcendental Meditation. This woke him up to a vocation that transcended the dream of dunking the b-ball and playing professional tennis. TM gave way to born again Christianity, to liberal Christianity, to the total loss of conviction (they are connected), to evolutionary Christian mysticism. Bruce has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada for 26 years and is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family therapy. He is the author of five books, the latest of which is The Advance of Love: Reading Scripture with An Evolutionary Heart. Bruce is married to Ann Evans, and a father to Sarah, an actress and musician in LA, as well as grandfather to four. www.theadvanceoflove.com.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By George C. Eddey on May 16, 2007
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Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos., An Ecological Christianity, by Bruce Sanguin.

Bruce Sanguin's book creates a new genre of literature through the integral/integrated development of the sciences, faith/spiritual experience, theology and scripture. The book is spirit driven and becomes a thin place itself into Spirit, and the divine. We have been taught since childhood to fear pantheism,(and now Pan-en-theism) but in this book the cosmos and the planet Earth itself becomes alive in ways thought impossible before.

I approached this book concerned that I could not handle the science in the book, but found that Bruce Sanguin is as great a teacher of science as he is of theology. The most challenging thing I experienced in the book was the need to see all species as important as the human species.

The book begins with an inspiring personal story of how the work of Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry totally transformed Bruce's life and ministry. Evolution is then interpreted as a Divine Unfolding. On page 124, a faith-ful covenant is "written in the words of the ultimate" that will transform you.

Just as the fans of Ken Wilbur will be inspired by the content of this book, readers of Marcus Borg will appreciate chapter five that unfolds once again, the four overarching narratives of scripture and the meaning they bring to our place in the cosmos. They are, the Story of the Exodus (Freedom), The Story of the Exile (Homecoming), and the Story of the Temple (Sacrifice). Bruce adds his own; The Story of call and response: the God of allurement. The Gospels are then opened up in relevant interpretations, as if seen for the first time. Other Gospel stories are provided through renewed midrash interpretations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danny Spears on August 30, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some of the science was a bit overwhelming for me; and I would have liked to read more about how this view of spirituality interprets eternity, as well as more about how prayer works in this system. Given the amount of attetnion paid to evolution, perhaps an alternative subtitle could be "Toward an Evolutionary Christianity." This book will challenge, and perhaps, offend, some people who hold to a more "traditional" or "orthodox" view of Christianity. At the same time, I think it is important to note our understandings of God, Jesus, Spirit, etc. have evolved over time. Perhaps this book is another stage of that evolution. Overall, I found this book to be very englightening, and I look forward to sharing some of its points with friends at church.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Janet Deutsch on July 19, 2008
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It's rare that I just can't finish a book because I find it an unproductive read. Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos was the exception. I hung in for a hundred pages or so, and only vaguely got his point. Extensive borrowing of material from Brian Swimme made me think he should just tell us to read Swimme's books. Such a radical reinvention of Christianity seems offensive to Christians and "heretics" alike. I certainly wouldn't subtitle the book An Ecological Christianity because it flies in the face of 99% of historic and modern Christian theological treatments. I categorize it in the vast genre of New Age "what was that?" literature. For what it's worth, I have a Ph.D. in ecology and have followed the religion and science debate for about 40 years as an orthodox Christian who holds a deep time and evolutionary view of the universe. I don't consider this a valid contribution to that debate. Read Thank God for Evolution for a serious treatment of the subject, with rave reviews from qualified people.
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I agree that "Today, there is nothing more critical than a compassionate response to the plight of our planet. The church must me at the forefront of shifting human consciousness away from an ethic of domination for economic gain, and toward a spirituality of awe." I agree with Sanguin that this is an enchanted world! And the new physics, chaos theory, and astronomy weigh in on our vast and magical universe. However, I think this book is corrective not definitive. Because a truly integrated spirituality sees the Nature mystics within Christian tradition such as Saint Francis, Saint Patrick, the Celts, and Annie Dillard as an important part of the conversation. Sanguine tends to gravitate toward the Scientists, which is a necessary corrective. Yet, the final synthesis will see the Earth’s creation and evolution as the macrocosm and Jesus as the microcosm. We need both meta-narratives: Genesis 1 and Luke 2! Jesus represents the climax of social evolution, a moral genius we have yet to realize!
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
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