Ilia Delio embodies a fascinating blend of rational, relational, and contemplative ways of knowing. In this wide-ranging conversation we discuss everything from “the one heart of humanity” to the trajectory of cosmic history in the direction of greater cooperation, complexity, and convergence—including the role of technology in this process. We also discuss our social nature, the plasticity of our brains, and how God is active in our world today.

For those unfamiliar with Ilia and her inspiring work…

Ilia Delio is a Senior Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, where she concentrates in the area of Science and Religion. She is currently involved in research projects on transhumanism, technology and evolution, and ecology and education. She is also exploring the theology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. She is the recipient of a Templeton course award in Science and Religion, which she received in 2000. Prior to her appointment at Woodstock, she was Professor and Chair of Spirituality Studies at Washington Theological Union, where she taught in the areas of general spirituality, Franciscan theology, and Science and Religion. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacology from New Jersey Medical School / Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. She is the author of ten books including, The Humility of God, Christ in Evolution, and Care for Creation, which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009. Her new book, The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe, will be published in Spring 2011 (Orbis).

When I receive the transcript in a few days I will post some choice quotes from Ilia.