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The New Flatlanders by Eric Middleton
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May 20, 2009

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"A deeper reality for both science and belief. A new unification rather than the old conflict. The cost of ignoring this is a distant God, a loss of immediacy of the presence of the Holy Spirit and of the encounter with Jesus."

Eric Middleton expands Edwin Abbot's multidimensional thought experiment by incorporating modern science, mathematics, and an explicit connection to Christianity. Where Abbot presented a sort of "travel" narrative, Middleton frames his work as an ongoing dialogue between himself and a group of inquisitive students. It serves his purposes, but it lacks something of the charm of its inspiration.

From the Big Bang to spiritual warfare, from string theory to fractals to evolution and numerous subjects in between, "The New Flatlanders" provides a thought-provoking, albeit not particularly rigorous, perspective on "the theory of everything."

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