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The Grand Option

Personal Transformation and a New Creation

Beatrice Bruteau

“A book as luminous as it is deep, The Grand Option presents us with a global spirituality for the future—an immense and exultant vision of transformation and communion consciousness. Reading it, one cannot help but be seized by the wish that every person on the planet would take Dr. Bruteau’s profound vision to heart; there would surely be a New Creation.” —Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and When the Heart Waits

“Building on the work of Teilhard de Chardin, the Grand Option masterfully provides the pathway to a new social order based on universal inclusiveness and the unique value of each individual. A modern classic of practical spirituality for the twenty-first century.” —Rabbi Lewis D. Solomon, Washington, DC

“I know of scarcely anybody,” Bede Griffiths has said, “who goes to the heart of reality as profoundly as Beatrice Bruteau does.” Here Bruteau develops a Trinitarian anthropology with the potential for healing our conflicted planet by transforming us from riven and conflicting individuals, into open, sharing, interpenetrating persons of the New Creation. In transcendent freedom, a profound communion consciousness gives birth to global, wholistic community.

Bruteau’s integral vision is as compelling as it is concrete. In this work of philosophical, theological, and psychological anthropology, she presents a cogent spiritual praxis that possesses the power to initiate a psychic revolution. “A new way of seeing,” Teilhard has exclaimed, “combined with a new way of acting—that is what we need.” This is precisely what Beatrice Bruteau offers in The Grand Option.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01041-6
192 pages
Publication Year: 2001

Beatrice Bruteau is a pioneer in the integrated study of science, spirituality, philosophy, and religion. She is the founder of Schola Contemplationis and The Fellowship of the Holy Trinity, and is the author of, among others, Radical Optimism, What We Can Learn from the East, The Easter Mysteries, and God’s Ecstasy: The Creation of a Self-Creating World.

“Written with clarity and elegance, Dr. Bruteau’s book combines a rich legacy of intellectual wealth with her own valuable personal experience and mystical contemplation.” — Prabuddha Bharata

“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

“_The Grand Option_ sings from start to finish with passion and depth. Bruteau brilliantly evokes the cosmic dimension of evolution and morphs Christian theology into a razor-sharp and inspired theory of collective human transformation that will appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike.” — What is Enlightenment?

“She updates and reweaves her unique synthesis of a progressive evolution, Eastern traditions, neo-feminism, which altogether achieve a consummate twenty-first century Christian vision. In a series of essays that course among these realms and others, Dr. Bruteau proceeds and builds toward a radically novel Earthwide Christianity.” — Thailand Perspective

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The Grand Option

Personal Transformation and a New Creation

Beatrice Bruteau

The Grand Option: Personal Transformation and a New Creation
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

“A book as luminous as it is deep, The Grand Option presents us with a global spirituality for the future—an immense and exultant vision of transformation and communion consciousness. Reading it, one cannot help but be seized by the wish that every person on the planet would take Dr. Bruteau’s profound vision to heart; there would surely be a New Creation.” —Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and When the Heart Waits

“Building on the work of Teilhard de Chardin, the Grand Option masterfully provides the pathway to a new social order based on universal inclusiveness and the unique value of each individual. A modern classic of practical spirituality for the twenty-first century.” —Rabbi Lewis D. Solomon, Washington, DC

“I know of scarcely anybody,” Bede Griffiths has said, “who goes to the heart of reality as profoundly as Beatrice Bruteau does.” Here Bruteau develops a Trinitarian anthropology with the potential for healing our conflicted planet by transforming us from riven and conflicting individuals, into open, sharing, interpenetrating persons of the New Creation. In transcendent freedom, a profound communion consciousness gives birth to global, wholistic community.

Bruteau’s integral vision is as compelling as it is concrete. In this work of philosophical, theological, and psychological anthropology, she presents a cogent spiritual praxis that possesses the power to initiate a psychic revolution. “A new way of seeing,” Teilhard has exclaimed, “combined with a new way of acting—that is what we need.” This is precisely what Beatrice Bruteau offers in The Grand Option.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01041-6

192 pages

“Written with clarity and elegance, Dr. Bruteau’s book combines a rich legacy of intellectual wealth with her own valuable personal experience and mystical contemplation.” — Prabuddha Bharata

“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

“_The Grand Option_ sings from start to finish with passion and depth. Bruteau brilliantly evokes the cosmic dimension of evolution and morphs Christian theology into a razor-sharp and inspired theory of collective human transformation that will appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike.” — What is Enlightenment?

“She updates and reweaves her unique synthesis of a progressive evolution, Eastern traditions, neo-feminism, which altogether achieve a consummate twenty-first century Christian vision. In a series of essays that course among these realms and others, Dr. Bruteau proceeds and builds toward a radically novel Earthwide Christianity.” — Thailand Perspective

Gethsemani Studies in Psychological and Religious Anthropology