John S. Dunne
“Dunne’s lucid prose reflects a long life of study and contemplative living. A Vision Quest, his most recent work, read in the meditative spirit in which it was written, will amply reward any reader who, in the spirit of the psalmist, “seeks the face of God.” —Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
“John S. Dunne is a Catholic theologian who really does understand what it means to listen and discern the voice of God.” — Newsweek
John Dunne calls his latest book A Vision Quest, borrowing the term from Native American tradition where a youth, coming of age, keeps a solitary vigil, seeking spiritual power and knowledge through a vision. Dunne seeks a vision like that of the great circle of love an old Bedouin described to Lawrence of Arabia,“The love is from God and of God and towards God.” The modern vision of the world is one of evolution, life arising from matter, intelligence arising from life. The ancient vision was one of emanation, everything cascading down from the One. Dunne imagines bringing the two together into a great circle, everything coming from God and returning to God, where everything is “from God and of God and towards God.”
This inspirational work features a series of meditations by Dunne, enriched by his wide-ranging insights and quotations from the areas of theology, philosophy, and literature.
“The theme of the great circle of love has governed Dunne’s writing since The Reasons of the Heart. A Vision Quest is an attempt to integrate the modern vision of evolution into it. This book represents Dunne’s most sustained engagement with modern scientific materialism, especially of the neuroscientific and evolutionary variety.” — America