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Overview Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, Matt uncovers the sense of wonder that connects us with the universe and God. He uncovers parallels between modern cosmology and ancient Jewish Kabbalah and shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding.
Mysticism and science: What do they have in common? How can one enlighten the other? By drawing on modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah, Matt shows how science and religion can together enrich our spiritual awareness and help us recover a sense of wonder and find our place in the universe.
Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, Daniel Matt uncovers the sense of wonder and oneness that connects us with the universe and God. He describes in understandable terms the parallels between modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah. He shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding.
We embody the energy of the big bang, writes Matt. Furthermore, God is not somewhere else, hidden from us. God is" right here" hidden from us. To discover the presence of God, Matt draws on both science and theology, fact and belief, and on the truths embodied in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, as well as Judaism.
A rich dialogue between the physical and the spiritual, "God & the Big Bang"takes us on a deeply personal, thoughtful and inspiring journey that helps us find our place in the universe and the universe in ourselves.
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Studio: Jewish Lights Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.07" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1998
Publisher Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN 1879045893 ISBN13 9781879045897
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More About Daniel C. Matt
Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on Jewish mysticism. For over twenty years, he served as Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has published six books, including: The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume One and The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume Two Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment; Zohar: Annotated and Explained; The Essential Kabbalah; and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality. He has spent the past four years in Jerusalem working on this translation and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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inconsistent and offers oversimplified rehash of Kaplan's theology Aug 13, 2006
The first part of this text is pretty interesting - a discussion integrating theoretical physics with kabbalah. Regrettably, the book loses focus in the middle, and finishes with a hefty dose of Kaplan-style "G-d is Process and no more" theology, presented not as a theory but as a fact.
I agree with the analogy presented by another reviewer - the story we seem to be told here is that the cosmic clock was set ticking, then G-d walked away. Or G-d did not walk away, but became, or turns out to be, an entity that is not really capable of independently deciding to set or interfere with the clock. There is no serious consideration of the soul. There is no serious consideration of the other two legs of Jewish existence, the Torah and Prayer - only of Gemilut Hasadim, which is presented as the only significant element. If the author had stuck to the consideration of the creation of the universe (as suggested in the title) this would not have been a problem; however the book wanders off of this topic and into a more comprehensive discussion of theology very early in the text.
At one point, the author reflects that Jews "seem to be programmed" to act in certain ways, but the later text in effect denies the existence of the kind of G-d who would or could "program" anyone. I don't see how one can have it both ways.
If you are either secular or a Jew who is profoundly uncomfortable with the prospect of a G-d who plays or has played an active external role in shaping the course of human history, you will probably find this text to be very satisfying and validating. If you're religious, mystical, or feel that when you pray you are addressing something other than the spark of the divine that resides within yourself, you might want to stop reading once the author diverges from the creation of everything. If you're Christian, you may be unhappy with the diversion into the theological question of Jesus that takes place in the middle of the text.
Pantheism Peeping 'Round the Corner Mar 25, 2003
I intended to buy this book from the Jewish perspective, so I wasn't dissapointed. As a naturalistic Pantheist, a progressive Jew and an avid fan of Carl Sagan, this book is a pretty great mix. It is humanely written, describing the natural beauty surrounding us and using mundane analogies that 'click' with all of us. The only problem with this book is a theological one: the author tries to reconcile a scientific pantheistic outlook (Spinoza's 'God' as another reviewer noted correctly) based on empiricism, with a (panen)theistic outlook of Kabbalah and the traditional theistic outlook of Torah. This is hard to swallow for those not interested in Jewish tradition, but can be considered a noble - albeit not perfect attempt - for those Jews (like me) who seek to reconcile a rational worldview with a spiritual approach.
Getting down the the Nitty Gritty of Pantheism and the history thereof, I recommend Paul Harrison's 'Elements of Pantheism'. Start there and if you're into Judaism, this book makes a good sequel.
A misleading title, not much science. Sep 1, 2002
I must say upfront that this book has very little if anything to do with science besides some obscure inferrences drawn between creation and religion. Considering the title I was certainly disappointed. However, trying to move past the title and the contents one finds a belief that man is essentially evolving past the need for an omnipotent God much less a personal one. To make matters worse, his attempts at Christianity and attempts at reducing Jesus to man with a vision come right out of the late 19th century with more recent vocabulary. This book lands squarely in the Ba'hai faith without much imagination. Drawing some teachings out of Kabbalism, I strongly believe that this book would disappoint even most Kabbalists.
BOOK Oct 4, 2001
Wished it really was a book, and not an audio tape
Interesting book, but contains several flaws May 13, 2000
This book points out some interesting things about both science and religion, but it makes a few mistakes. For example, when the author says that Albert Einstein believed, he was mistaken. Einstein believed in what is called Spinoza's God, which is another way of saying the natural beauty of the universe. Einstein did not believe in a supernatural creator.
Also, in another attempt to appeal to authority, at the end of the book, he says something to the effect that some scientists believe in a supernatural creator. The problem here is that the overwhelming majority of scientists do not believe (only 7% did in a recent survey.)