In his most recent book, In The Beginning Was The Spirit, author Diarmuid O’Murchu again attempts to delve into spirituality through a multi-disciplinary analysis employing science, theology, psychology, anthropology, mythology, and the wisdom of first-nation ancestors. The Irish social scientist can never be accused of being too narrowly focused!
O’Murchu says his reason for writing his thirteenth book is to reclaim for the Great Spirit a more central role in spirituality. He suggests changing the order of the Trinity to Holy Spirit, Son and Father since the Spirit started it all and gave us Jesus who revealed the Father. Much of O’Murchu’s writing has the purpose of ridding religion and spirituality of patriarchal and anthropomorphic images which he thinks have put religion in a strait jacket unable to adapt to the vast knowledge humans have acquired about science and the origins of the universe in recent years.
The subtitle of the book is Science, Religion and Indigenous Spirituality, and so there are two chapters describing various aspects of the religions of aboriginal peoples in Africa, Asia and Australia all of which give prominence to the Great Spirit. O’Murchu wants to emphasize that the Spirit, a Cosmic Force, was present in the Universe long before humans arrived on the scene.
Several times in each chapter the author invites the reader to pause for a moment to reflect on a set of questions which challenge one to relate new ideas to long-held beliefs.
Reading any of the books by O’Murchu is difficult because of the mix of various disciplines used and because he forces one to free oneself from the constraints of orthodox spirituality and religion to apply modern scientific and evolutionary theory to long-held tenants. The reward for the reader is to reveal mystery, the essence of theology.