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The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields, and What's Behind It All

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  375 ratings  ·  47 reviews
On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to tak ...more
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Published April 1st 2009 by Weiser Books
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In his “God Theory” book, Haisch takes issue with “reductionism”. I think he rejects it as an oversimplification. The apparent belief of many scientists, the reductionists, that you can reduce everything to its working parts by disassembling it and then reassembling for a complete revelation on how it works. He says, “In its most extreme form, modern reductionism - the assumption that nothing can be greater than the sum of its parts – precludes any meaningful engagement with a spiritual worldvie ...more
This was an interesting if not entirely fulfilling read, I know the clue is in the title but this really is only a theory. The author was raised in a strict catholic family and even spent a year in the seminary before moving on to study astronomy and astrophysics. In this book he attempts to rectify the pull of his belief in a higher power and an intelligent designer of the universe with the mainstream view of the physics community that all life in the universe is a quirk of fate.

The book is int
Lee Harmon
Haisch is an astrophysicist with a discomfort regarding the idea of a meaningless universe, and a gift for explaining scientific theory in simple terms. He was raised a strict Catholic, but lasted through only a year of Seminary, after which his interests turned to science.

Although he outgrew fundamentalist Christian beliefs, he’s never been able to embrace the impersonal universe pictured by most of his fellow scientists. Science today is based on the premises of materialism (the belief that re
I love this passage from the book:

"Our lives are the exact opposite of pointless. It is not matter that creates the illusion of consciousness, but consciousness that creates an illusion of matter. The physical universe and the beings that inhabit it are the conscious creation of a God whose purpose is to experience his own magnificence in the living consciousness of his creation. God actualizes his infinite potential through our experience; God lives in the physical universe through us. Our expe
I'm really torn on giving this book three stars as I am not sure I would rate it that high. The book definitely had some interesting stuff in it, but I felt more like this was a book about a man who was raised Christian and went to seminary school for a year trying to justify all the contradictions between what religion teaches and what science has discovered. Far be it for me to say his conclusions are wrong, but a lot of this did not resonate with me. He did state this was just a theory, but t ...more
Ralph H.
Apr 13, 2012 Ralph H. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Just getting started, but it is clearly a refreshing work that attempts to discuss both science and theology, in the same breath!! Some will think that this kind of work is without merit or even silly. The voices of scientists that speak (and write) loudly that science has made religion and theology irrelevant are being heard just about everywhere. Bernard Hirsch is one of just a few accomplished scientists exposing the flaws in a science-only viewpoint. His words and creativity are certainly we ...more
Erickarlos Gutierrez
The God Theory is an intellectual tour de force about the potential for the existence of God. Haisch basis his arguments on scientific fact and actual theories within the realm of modern physics. It is important to note that this is, in no way, a repudiation of sciece and/or some weird interpretation thereof, such as intelligent design.

In a nut-shell The God Theory rejects the traditional conceptualization "God" and theism. Furthermore, he challenges the assumption that God and science are mutua
We are God. God is each of us...God uses us to experience life. God exists in each of us...

God cannot require anything from us for his own happiness.
God cannot dislike, and certainly cannot hate, anything that we do or are.
God will never punish us, because it would ultimately amount to self-punishment.
There is no literal heaven or hell.

The purpose of life is experience, God wishes to experience life through you.
God desires your partnership, not your servility. If you choose to praise and worship
Geoff Glenister
Bernard Haisch worked on a ground-breaking theory that explains inertia in terms of the resistance from the trace energy of the zero-point field. It is a fascinating theory, and one that has some interesting spiritual connotations, which Haisch draws out in this fantastic work of scientific theology. Rather than try to summarize, I will provide a few choice quotations that will give you a good sense of the book:

Modern science, especially in the United States, fights a pitched intellectual battl
Mark Frazier
Lots of interesting ideas here. I was new to the pandeist position and find it compelling as a way to make connections between science and spirituality. As a first book, I think the author was eager to set forth many ideas and to support those ideas with scientific findings. In such a short book, he scratches the surface of a lot of topics, and he has guided me toward further exploration. On the spiritual side of the discussion, I was puzzled by a few specifics. Haisch appears to support the ide ...more
G Budai
"....When the last light warms the rocks and the rattlesnakes unfold
Mountain cats will come to drag away your bones
And rise with me forever across the silent sand
And the stars will be your eyes and the wind will be my hands...."

These words came ex nihilo, and the rhythm started in a moment when I was on deepest point of Mr. Haisch's writing. The song is "Far from any road" and it is a type of song that will trigger consciousness related know like, who I'm? Where I came from? what
The reductionist view of the world seems indeed too narrow and somehow missing essential points. The God Theory is trying to fill this gap, and the answers it provides are certainly worth considering.

While the explanation offered for the actual meaning of “Let there be light” is simple, elegant and believable, other concepts like reincarnation don’t seem to have a reasonable basis. The scientific arguments in the book make sense, but the non-scientific ones are a matter of personal view. Near-d
This book was written by an astrophysicist with a bit of a background in the seminary. The resulting body of work is a conglomeration of modern quantum physics theory and several religious/mystical ideas to posit the existence of a higher power.

Some of his ideas are really interesting, especially the zero-point field. I had never heard of this idea, which is actually reminiscent of the 'ether' of Einstein's early work that was eventually greatly discredited.

Anyway, while some of this book was
Lame! there is nothing scientific about this book except when it talks about actual science which has nothing to do with the spiritual part of the book, as science (as even the author says himself) has no claim to have access to the spiritual world. If you're interested in spirituality, I'd suggest that you stick to spiritual texts not this pseudoscience stuff. I find such books a disservice to both science and spirituality.
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On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to take into account evolution, a 4.6-billion-year-old Earth, and the conflicting claims of the world's religions. In
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For many years now I've considered "The Great Debate" to be whether or not there is a reality beyond the physical. On the one hand are the hard core materialist reductionist scientists who are adamant that there is nothing beyond the physical - time, space, matter, energy, end of story, and when you die end of story also. In fact the sense that there is a "you" is just a brain phenomenon. You're a machine.

On the other hand there are the religious adherents. This widely varied group goes from the
Trey Nowell
Personally, I found this to be one of the best books I have ever written. I found myself seeing a lot of my beliefs in what he was writing about. It was not intended to downgrade religions, but show an interconnectedness so many refuse to acknowledge. He mentioned Jesus briefly to show the connection, Jewish mysticism, and other ideas, which are often neglected. He is very scientific, and I appreciate the way he attacks the reductionist theory, showing the closed-mindedness that is seen with reg ...more
Read this book! I had to buy one as it wasn't in any library anywhere. The author was once studying for the priesthood and ended up an astrophysicist. My only disappointment in the book is that I finished reading it in less than 24 hours. The Intro starts with: "Much of today's religious dogma concerning God and the nature of destiny of mankind is flawed and irrational. It fails to resolve basic paradoxes -- like why bad things happen to good people, and why some are born into privilege and some ...more
Roger D. Lee
An open mind is required to draw your own conclusion. This theory allows us to mature in our faith and knowledge.

Science and religion must work together for man to achieve the potential intended by our creation. God is the source living through each of us.
I enjoyed this book. Haisch is certainly a qualified and capable physicist, and his general theme that science and faith are not mutually exclusive was refreshing. While this book did strain my 20-year old physics degree at times (and thus I would encourage caution to those without a background in physics) I did enjoy his reconciliation of faith to science. As a man of faith myself, I've often felt that the attempted use of science to dismiss faith is, well, unscientific. It's good to know that ...more
Ron Krumpos
"The God Theory / Universes..." is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Jordan Martin
This book smelled like gnosticism, but the things which make gnosticism heretical to an orthodox Christian (like me) were absent, i.e. separation between Creator and creation, fundamentally evil creation, and salvation through special knowledge. When I first encountered the idea of the zero-point field, I thought, "Oh my God! This is exactly how the bible defines the divinity of Christ and the Logos of God." I see I'm not the only one. This is a very interesting read. Fundamentalist Christians w ...more
A rather short book that combines the authors spiritual beliefs with his theory of the Quantum Zero Point Field.Allegories are well chosen and although he has a considerable autobiographical presence it is not too invasive or irrelevant to become a bore,but I could have done without a career outline that seems over emphasise his credibility, which seems to me like someone saying believe me more for what I am rather than what I say, and thus undermines his theories slightly.
I would read this mo
Dan Pfeiffer
J. Campbell might phrase it, "God is science, created by God so that God could be revealed by science." But he didn't say that. I did. ;)
John Brown
Whether you agree with Haisch or not, I''m personally very appreciative that a 'scientist' of his calibre and standing, with much to lose, has the courage, the boldness and the daring to postulate a highly controversial theory (in the scientific community) which to me is the foundation of the 'scientific method'.

Boldness such as his needs to be supported if we are to continue to grow in understanding and appreciation of the known and unknown. I'm a big fan....
This book was borderline 4 stars. It had some ideas that I found especially interesting such as the idea that inertia is in fact directly related to the zero-point field. However, the book could do with a little fine-tuning in its organization and presentation, and the author's ideas are not always as clearly articulated as one might hope.
Rick Edwards
Haisch explores the tension between religious dogma and materialist, reductionist science. Discarding both worldviews, he proposes a theory that combines purpose for our lives with consistency with scientific knowledge of our origins and the processes of nature. He names God as the consciousness creating everything that is.
A well-crafted, accessible approach to the theory of an intelligent universe and the possibility of multiverses. Braids together physics, quantum physics, philosophy and zen-ish threads into a cohesive whole. A fun one to digest.....
Ron Krumpos
"The God Theory / Universes..." is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at has been reviewed on Goodreads.
If you want to learn some weird and wonderful facts about our universe and potential universes, this is the book for you. Also I found the writing to be clear and appropriate for any interested person regardless of background.
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