From the Beginning to Baptism: Scientific and Sacred Stories of Water, Oil, and Fire  -     By: Linda Gibler
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Liturgical Press / 2010 / Paperback

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In From the Beginning to Baptism, Linda Gibler takes readers on a journey - from the depths of space and the beginning of time through sacred Scripture and church history - to discover the origins and creative power of water, oil, and fire. She traces the lives of those elemental entities through their cosmic history, to the point at which they are poured over the head and light the way of one being baptized. These elemental sources of all life are the substances through which new life in Christ begins in the sacrament of baptism. The journey through space and time, through the birth of the Universe and of life, and Gibler's reflections on this drama, help readers to enter into the "cosmocentric spirituality" at the heart of all things. No one who reads this book will ever again look at a drop of water, an olive, or a candle with the same eyes.

Author Bio:
Linda Gibler, PhD, a Houston Dominican Sister, is currently associate academic dean at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. She has several years' experience as a parish minister and is the science editor and a contributing author for the Collins Foundation Press, which hosts conferences on the significance of recent scientific revelations for faith, meaning, and the well-being of Earth and all her species.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0814656730
ISBN-13: 9780814656730
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Publisher's Description

In From the Beginning to Baptism, Linda Gibler takes readers on a journey 'from the depths of space and the beginning of time through sacred Scripture and church history 'to discover the origins and creative power of water, oil, and fire. She traces the lives of those elemental entities through their cosmic history, to the point at which they are poured over the head and light the way of one being baptized. These elemental sources of al life are the substances through which new life in Christ begins in the sacrament of baptism. The journey through space and time, through the birth of the Universe and of life, and Gibler's reflections on this drama, help readers to enter into the cosmocentric spirituality" at the heart of al things. No one who reads this book will ever again look at a drop of water, an olive, or a candle with the same eyes.

Linda Gibler, PhD, a Houston Dominican Sister, is currently associate academic dean at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. She has several years ' experience as a parish minister and is the science editor and a contributing author for the Collins Foundation Press, which hosts conferences on the significance of recent scientific revelations for faith, meaning, and the well-being of Earth and al her species.

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Author Bio

Linda Gibler, PhD, a Houston Dominican Sister, is currently associate academic dean at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. She has several years' experience as a parish minister and is the science editor and a contributing author for the Collins Foundation Press, which hosts conferences on the significance of recent scientific revelations for faith, meaning, and the well-being of Earth and all her species.

David N. Power, OMI, a native of Dublin, Ireland, is professor emeritus at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He previously taught theology in Ireland and Rome and has lectured in Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Tahiti, and South Africa. He is currently in Lusaka, Zambia, in the OMI formation community. He is the author many books of theology, including Mission, Ministry, Order (New York & London: Continuum, 2008).

Editorial Reviews

Linda Gibler has written an inventive and wonderful exploration of the elements of baptism: water, oil, and fire. There are wonderful discoveries to be gained each step of the way. I am eager to use this book in classes. Gibler’s insights will enrich preaching as well as the celebration of the sacraments. The book would also be useful in Sunday School classes and will be of special interest to those exploring the relationship of science and faith.

Paul Galbreath, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

For those who preach and teach about baptism, Gibler’s book is a rich source of materials, scientific and sacred, for opening awareness, inspiring gratitude and awe, and deepening faith.
Worship

Poetic, cosmological, theological, and liturgical sensibilities (and highly informed ones, at that) collude in From the Beginning to Baptism: Scientific and Sacred Stories of Water, Oil, and Fire. Linda Gibler’s extensive meditations on the physical elements of water, oil, and fire sacramentalized in Catholic baptismal have a 13.7 billion year stretch-reach. There’s a lot of learning at work here. It’s just hugely engaging reading, and competent liturgical theology deserves as much!
Bernard J. Lee, SM
Professor of theology
St. Mary’s University
San Antonio, Texas

Gibler provides a cutting-edge understanding of sacramentality in which theology and science are fully integrated. Smoothly written and powerfully engaging, the book deftly covers new ground while synthesizing traditional sources, previous studies and the latest scientific findings. The magnificent Teilhardian vision of a cosmocentric sacramentality that emerges is simply stunning.
Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ
Executive Director
USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church

Gibler provides us with a rare integration of cosmology and sacramentality. Grounded in a theology of creation, the thought of Teilhard de Chardin, as well as the science behind the new universe story, she approaches her study of the Sacrament of Baptism through biblical, patristic, and cosmic insights into water, oil, and fire. The sacrament comes alive in both its human and cosmic dimensions. Her work reflects ways in which science, theology, and spirituality can all complement each other. It is truly a cosmocentric sacramental spirituality.
Donald Goergen, OP St. Dominic Priory St. Louis, Missouri

<div class="quotetext">Father Thomas Berry, CP, the foremost eco-theologian of our time, concluded after a lifetime of study that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, was the most important Christian thinker since St. Paul. More than half a century after Teilhard’s death a number of Catholic scholars are deeply engaged in this transition from modern Christianity’s focus on human-human relationships to a cosmological Catholicism keenly aware of nature as the primary revelation of God. With the strength of her intellectual synthesis and the depth of her scholarship, Dr. Linda Gibler, OP, is at the cutting edge of this transformation. Drawing from both the most ancient wisdom of the Catholic tradition and the new understanding of the universe from contemporary science, From the Beginning to Baptism enables its readers to understand the ways in which Baptism is a powerful entrance into that primordial Energy that once gave birth to the galaxies and later ignited the life in the first cells. </div><div class="quoteattr

Linda Gibler’s readable work is both original and consequential. I know of no other work that attempts to provide such a carefully developed bridge between contemporary cosmological and scientific understandings of nature on the one hand, and sacramentality as liturgically understood on the other. Highly recommended.
John F. Haught, PhD Senior Fellow, Science & Religion, Woodstock Theological Center Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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