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

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  629 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Fine. Minimal shelfwear. No markings. Pages are clean and bright. Binding is tight.
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Red Wheel/Weiser
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John
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Howard
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Kristin
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Keely
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Lee Harmon
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Geoff Glenister
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 battle
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Ralph H.
Apr 13, 2012 is currently reading it
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
Catty
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Stirrup
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought Haisch's opinions on the nature of the Universe were well thought out, as well as his discussion on what 'The God Theory' means for morality and how to live life. However, I found his attempts to justify his theory through the Zero-point field a bit lacking, and it took away from the philosophy somewhat in my opinion. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, thought-provoking book.
Joe Pruskowski
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book that attempts to put some science behind what we see as consciousness and the human condition. It's a bit tough reading at times, but his insights are excellent.
Tim
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Read...

If you are at all concerned about how science's uncovering of the material world can be integrated with what individuals can intuit from the spiritual world, then this book is for you.
G
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
"....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 thoughts...you know like, who I'm? Where I came from? what
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Traci
Jan 03, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2007
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
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Caleb
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy, religion
The God Theory, by Bernard Haisch, contains concepts which are hard to ignore or dismiss. However, the difficult writing and prolific, clunky scientific terminology, as well as the poor organization of the book and lack of full elaboration on the subject, make the concepts presented by this individual something one wants to avoid. Although the writing was not great, the book needed to be a little longer and detailed in its presentation of a term that theologians call "pandeism" (as opposed to "p ...more
Samuel Naffziger
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthwhile contribution to the scientific-spiritual synthesis, adding to the likes of Paul Davies, John Polkinghorne and Russell Stannard. His foundation is the primacy of consciousness, and a form of pantheism where our consciousness is a manifestation and piece of the consciousness of God. Well argued and explained, I found this to be an enjoyable read. His descriptions of his own scientific explorations around the zero point field are fascinating and provided new insights I had not seen to ...more
Ben
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, hardcopy
I am not an astrophysicist, or even an accomplished scientist of any kind; but I have always believed that the most accurate theory for our place in the universe lies somewhere between the various flavors of the Bible and modern science. I believe wholeheartedly in The Big Bang and evolution, but I also believe in some sort of divine "creator" that experimented with creation as a way of entertaining "him" self (something had to create the matter of The Big Bang and be the catalyst for its sudden ...more
Jeff
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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OhWell
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Patrick
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ideas
Amazon review:
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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Mark Frazier
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Trey Nowell
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
BLEEPING Herald Newsletter
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Donald
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dayna Reid
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
The first 30 percent of the book was amazing, as the author used scientific examples as analogies for the existence and expression of God. The remainder of the book was a combination of the author's rant about not getting recognition in a Scientific journal for his discoveries and many additional scientific theories described with little or no correlation to the subject.
My favorite part of the book was when the author uses white light and the science of "subtraction" to obtain colors as a metap
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Dale
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quantum
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
Nicholas
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: physics
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
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Kenneth Bachmann
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a great book, because it juxtaposes current scientific thinking, particularly that pertaining to the zero point field, with elements of mystical thinking and spirituality. It simultaneously puts both reductionist thinking and multiverse theory in opposition to spiritual mythology, and asks which is the more absurd, while implyingmthatmthemlatter is every bit as much mythology as the former.
Afshin
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
John Brown
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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....
Rick Edwards
Jul 24, 2011 marked it as to-read
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.
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