- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (July 11, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780268010423
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The Grand Option: Personal Transformation and a New Creation (Gethsemani Studies in Psychological and Religious Anthropology) Paperback – March 30, 2017
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“Every now and then there arises a prophet in our midst marked by a voice that is distinctly new and totally different than the familiar. The Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was one such voice and Beatrice Bruteau, a disciple of Teilhard, is another. In this collection of essays written over a period of twenty years, Bruteau offers us a luminous vision of a new social order in an evolutionary world. This is a profound book, written by a scholar of wisdom. It is a book that can appeal to a wide variety of people–academics and nonacademics alike–because of its depth and breadth. [A]ll those who read The Grand Option will not only be lured by Bruteau’s vision and insight but will return time and again to this book, for it is itself an evolution in thought.” ―Spiritual Life (Spiritual Life)
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Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014) was a pioneer in the integrated study of science, spirituality, philosophy, and religion. She was the founder of Schola Contemplationis and the Fellowship of the Holy Trinity, and an author of numerous books, including Radical Optimism, What We Can Learn from the East, The Easter Mysteries, and God’s Ecstasy.
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In the domination paradigm, individuals are more like objects identified by a number of attributes with which they tend to identify themselves and which make them different from other individuals.
In the communion paradigm, persons are made in the image of the Trinity. They are indescribable subjects, who continuously give and share their life with others and live by the life of the whole.
As far as I am concerned, I think that the most enlightening idea she puts forward in order to help us understand this fundamental change is the shift from the particle metaphor to the field metaphor.
In the domination paradigm, she compares individuals to particles that tend to live an autonomous type of life, where they fight or ignore one another, or sometimes associate, but always remain external to each other.
In the communion paradigm, she compares persons to fields, in the sense of interacting patterns of energy. This image makes it easier to understand the mutual indwelling of persons, which she claims to be the basis of the new communion paradigm.
When you add to this, the fact that she identifies this radiated energy with pure unmotivated creative love, you have a lot to meditate in order to tune your own mind to this radically new way of thinking ourselves and our world.