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Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics

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Here, best-selling author Diarmuid O'Murchu presents a vision of the intersection of quantum physics and spirituality. It is now revised to reflect the most recent advances in physics. From black holes to holograms, from relativity theory to the discovery of quarks, this book is an original and rich exposition of quantum theory and the way it unravels profound theological ...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Crossroad
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Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, science
In Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics, Diarmuid OMurchu summarizes the move from a classical model of scientific knowledge to a more wholistic approach demanded by current understandings of quantum physics. Quoting Meg Wheatley (Harvard-trained expert in organizational behavior), he quickly establishes the reason this is significant for modern thinkers who are not necessarily in the so-called scientific fields. I try hard to discipline myself to remain aware of the whole ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very thought-provoking, provocative, and dense book that uniquely uses recent discoveries and theories within quantum science to build a systematic theology of human spirituality. I have not encountered anything like it before. I suspect that the book never hit popular markets due to its reliance on complicated concepts and largely undeveloped quantum science. However, I found it fascinating, and many of the author's conclusions ring true to experience. The author sees religion as "the ...more
Harry Moore
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I believe that the relationship between science and theology needed to brought to the fore front of conversations. We spend lots of time trying to make sense of the both. Now for those who are new to the Idea of the special relationship, this combo can be a bit unnerving and feel that the purity of history of belief is tarnished, but I can say from personal experience and intuitiveness the topics are twins just realizing they have the common mother. We have an opportunity in this life time to ...more
Michael Taouk
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book seems to be written more for the benefit of readers with a theology background than anyone else. Anyone who has studied science beyond high school cannot avoid the beauty, mystery and majesty of the world around us. For those of us who have some understanding of science and also seek God, our perception of God is primarily shaped by our understanding of creation. As modern science moves forward, it points to a increasingly awesome God.

O'Murchu's focus on "Quantum Theory" is annoying,
Susan Marrier
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
I'd like to give this book a 4.5 rating. I don't know where to begin to review it, but I think it is a very important book for our times, very challenging in parts, but his conclusions are satisfying. I especially found it strangely comforting to realize that the universe has apparently always been dying and rising again, and that species rise and disappear, and that homo sapiens will do likewise, but the universe will go on without us, perhaps giving rise to another species on earth that will ...more
David Corbet
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book and great introduction to the new roads that theology may be taking over this next century. We are standing at such a pivotal point, theologically speaking, it will be very interesting to see how the future unfolds as more and more theologians begin to reflect upon the changes in science and culture. This book is a great place to begin the reflection process. It will most definitely go on my "read again" pile. The best part of this book is the exhaustive bibliography at the ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great book that addresses how science, specifically quantum physics can and should impact one's spirituality. Understanding we are part of an infinite cosmos can certainly broaden one's understanding of who God is and the impact it has on one's response to that understanding.

There were a few points I would disagree, but being open to the dialogue is what is important ~ there is always room to learn and grow in understanding.
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Everything Father Diarmuid writes is a struggle for me to comprehend but the end result is one where I feel enhanced by a greater understanding of what God has done in His creative work.
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I love this book. An accessible insight intoa deep and powerful concept of spirituality.
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Diarmuid O'Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and laterally with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and


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