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Friday 18th October, 2013 @ 11:29 am

by Reverend Norman Todd | tags: ,

Norman Todd introduces a book which attempts to combine scientific understanding with theology

I enjoy the Radio 4 program ‘The Life Scientific’ in which a scientist at the cutting edge of her or his specialism talks with infectious enthusiasm about their research and how it affects their own life and the life of many others. One of them said recently, ‘Science has to be explained at all levels’. This reminded me of a new book I have enjoyed, ‘Blue Sky God’. The author gives a short account of his own spiritual evolution: He was a science teacher in a secondary school in the East Midlands, an agnostic. He had a spiritual awakening. Along with his wife he explored various aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism, Theosophy and the teachings of Alice Bailey which included meditation. From being a ‘New Ager’, he describes his evolution through Christianity to membership of a large, loving and active church in Leicester, born-again charismatic evangelical, a call to full-time ministry, training as an Anglican priest, becoming priest in a large evangelical church and then a mid- Anglican church, chaplain to a major UK university; and now a priest in the Church of Wales for three traditional churches in Pembrokeshire. He writes, ‘Over the last 15 years I have been drawn to the silence of contemplative prayer and meditation, the wisdom of the mystics, and a more liberal and radical theology.’ Among many fascinating quotations is one from a 12th century mystic, Hildegarde of Bingen: ‘Everything that is in the heavens, in the earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.’ and one from Albert Einstein: ‘The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.’

The first half of the book starts from science and relates it to Christianity. The Chapter headings give an idea of the contents:

1. Quantum Reality and God as Consciousness.

2. Epigenetics [what goes on around the gene] Healing and Prayer.

3. Morphic Fields [patterns of some kind of power that decides how organisms, e.g. stem cells, develop] and the Works of Christ.

4. The Quantum Sea of Light. [Beneath Absolute Zero (minus 273 degrees Celcius) where we thought there could be no electromagnetic energy waves we now find the Zero Point Field of immense but hidden power.]

The author introduces the second half of the book as follows: ‘The new scientific concepts previously outlined are interwoven into Christian theology and terminology, which is challenging for some and illuminating for others.’ For me it is both; an impetus to continue the human search for practical Christian wisdom. That is, how everything works, and how we can more effectively cooperate with it all; and an invitation to meditation on the possibilities and probabilities introduced in this welcome book.

How can we more accurately imagine what is happening when we digest the Host at Holy Communion; when we intercede, meditate, contemplate the Word behind all words, or the ‘I AM’, the Ground of all our ‘I am’s’? If Jesus were a man who had grown up in England during the last thirty years, how would he be attempting to communicate his knowledge of his Father with us in our common contemporary culture and belief systems?

Happy meditation!

Read it:

BLUE SKY GOD: THE EVOLUTION OF SCIENCE AND CHRISTIANITY

By Don MacGregor. [ISBN 978 1 84694 9371]

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