Dinosaurs have been described as the most successful animals that ever inhabited this planet. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for over 160 million years until they were wiped out about 65 million years ago. We had to learn how to live with them, and survive in spite of them. Today we have invented our own dinosaurs. Churches, banks and multinationals are some of the modern breed of dinosaur. Small may be beautiful, but in the world in which we live it is not very durable. Unless any organisation becomes a dinosaur it will not survive the vicissitudes of history.
This book describes a spirituality for the 21st century which requires that we recognise the dinosaur nature of all institutions, including the Catholic Church. We would do well to study the species in depth and in detail to learn how to dance with them without doing serious damage to ourselves.
Title: Dancing with Dinosaurs
Author:Mark Patrick Hederman OSB