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The Physics of Angels

Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet
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What are angels? Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. Now visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake - pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory - launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient concept of the angel and restore dignity, meaning, and joy to the time-honored belief in these heavenly beings.

Angels constitute one of the most fundamental themes in human spiritual and religious experience. All cultures acknowledge the existence of spirits at levels beyond the human. In the West we call them angels, but they go under different names in other traditions. (Native Americans, for example, call them "spirits.")

We are entering a new phase of both science and theology. Fox and Sheldrake explore many significant questions raised by both traditions about the existence and role of consciousness beyond the human level.

This dialog between Fox and Sheldrake concentrates on three giants of the Western tradition whose treatment of angels is particularly broad, deep, and influential. They are Dionysius the Areopagite, a Syrian monk whose classic work The Celestial Hierarchies was written in the sixth century; Hildegard of Bingen, a German abbess of the twelfth century; and St. Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher-theologian of the thirteenth century.

Fox and Sheldrake have selected their most important and relevant passages about angels, and each is followed by a discussion exploring their meaning from both a theological and a scientific perspective.

Also explored are the fascinating parallels between Thomas Aquinas speaking of angels in the Middle Ages and Albert Einstein speaking of photons in this century. Hence the title of this book, The Physics of Angels.

The exploration of angels in a living cosmos enlivens and enriches both religion and science and contributes to the deepening exploration of consciousness - on this planet and beyond.

©2014 Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake (P)2015 Wetware Media

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Enlightening and bold

Recommended reading for the exploration of a new cosmology where science and spirituality take a grounded and practical expression on human behavior and vision nature.

I wish audible included more titles by Matthew Fox.

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Thought-provoking

I am a big fan of Rupert Sheldrake, just wish the excerpts from historical sources were not so long.

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Certainly kept my attention, though the title is a bit misleading

This book is a general discussion of angels from the perspective of Fox and Sheldrake, both fascinating figures considered heretics in their fields. They draw mainly on the works of Dionysius the aeriopogite, Thomas Aquinas and Hildegard of Bingen. Some anecdotes about the traditions of native America s, Hindus, Buddhists and other traditions are thrown in. Science is discussed in general anecdotal terms, either when it is relevant to the general discussion, or when there are symbolic parallels between it and medieval ideas about angels. I did not find it especially convincing from a scientific point of view, but I did find it to be a fascinating discussion of theology and learned a bit of science along the way. Overall, it’s worth listening to, but I wouldn’t expect anything mindblowing as far as the science goes. Belief in angels is still very much a matter of personal experience and/or faith.

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  • Paul c
  • 09-21-17

Interesting read

Loved how they presented this book, very well considered. Clever interpretation of physics, which creates a believable argument. A must read for anyone who has read The Field by linda mctaggart and anyone interested in the idea of god and angels.

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  • Si
  • 07-18-16

Excruciating

After being impressed by Sheldrake's measured, well-thought-out book 'The Science Delusion' I thought I'd give this a go. What a mistake. Pseudo-religious claptrap batted back and forth, most of it making no sense whatsoever, all couched in a framework of unconditional belief in the unutterably absurd. This book has no redeeming aspects whatsoever, it is appalling.

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  • Jason
  • 03-26-16

Faith and enquiry go together as belief and delusion.

I was really looking forward to hearing this book and it's a good book but the narration lets it down. I have herd Rupert and Mathew talk on this subject on New Dimensions radio and they a great together. This narrator is clearly a pro and all things considered, he's great but please please get the authors to do it!
What I appreciate about Rupert is his simple lack of any particular belief. This is refreshing, and I think this is why he can so easily explore the "apparent" opposition between science/reason and spirit. Rupert appears to free of the need to be right, and instead returns to questions and enquiry as a substitute to fixed beliefs.
Get the Science delusion!

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