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Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, 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 Jewish Kabbalah. He shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding.

A dialogue between the physical and the spiritual, the scientific and the theological, God & the Big Bang is ...

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Overview

Drawing on the insights of physics and Jewish mysticism, 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 Jewish Kabbalah. He shows how science and religion together can enrich our spiritual understanding.

A dialogue between the physical and the spiritual, the scientific and the theological, God & the Big Bang is a deeply personal, thoughtful and challenging statement of our place in the universe.
"The human mind has devised alternative strategies-scientific and spiritual-to search for our origin. The two are distinct, but complementary. Science enables us to probe infinitesimal particles of matter and unimaginable depths of outer space, understanding each in light of the other. Spirituality guides us through inner space, challenging us to retrace our path to oneness and to live in the light of what we discover."
-from God & the Big Bang

"Contributes in a signi√ěcant and distinctive way to the contemporary dialogue between science and theology."
-Robert J. Russell, Ph.D. in Physics, Christian theologian, Director, The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

"This poetic new book...helps us to understand the human meaning of creation."
-Joel Primack, leading cosmologist, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Stimulating and thought-provoking."
-Rabbi Sanford Seltzer, Director, Commission on Religious Living, Union of American Hebrew Congregations

"For anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of the universe and our place in it, this is an important book....Tackles profound issues and makes them understandable."
-Rabbi Laura Geller, Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills, California

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the past, the conversation between religion and science often turned bitter and acrimonious because neither camp was willing to listen to the other's ideas.In recent years, however, as both scientists and religious thinkers have demonstrated, the congruence between the two worldviews runs far deeper than either is sometimes willing to admit. In this marvelous new book, Matt, a professor of Jewish spirituality, explores the connections between Jewish mysticism and the cosmological theory of the Big Bang. Several questions motivate Matt's study: How does the Big Bang theory challenge the Jewish concept of God? How may a study of the dimensions of this theory help us discover new insights into spiritual dimensions of human life? In his answers to these and other questions, Matt draws a relationship between the kabbalastic teachings that describe the "breaking of the vessels" that sever an individual's oneness with God and the physical theory of "broken symmetry," which articulates a sense of lost unity in the universe. Both kabbalists and physicists, he says, dream of finding unity, and this dream is expressed in their writings. Playful, imaginative and thoughtful, Matt's book carries the dialogue between religion and science to new levels. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The controversy surrounding NASA's recent announcement of the discovery of possible life on Mars poses challenges to long-cherished beliefs in science and religion. How spirituality can integrate these discoveries is given an explanation in Matt's (Jewish spirituality, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley) important and timely book. Borrowing primarily from the traditions of Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, the author opens a dialog between modern scientific cosmology and spirituality whose goal is to seek the existence and significance of God for contemporary people. Ein Sof (literally, "there is no end"), the name given to God by Jewish kabbalists, underscores the notion that God is present everywhere, and Matt identifies Ein Sof as quantum physics' "zero-point energy" left over from the primordial bang. Ein Sof points to the oneness, the interrelatedness, of all creation, making God part of our world. Matt includes a very helpful glossary of terms, though an index would have been extremely useful. Highly recommended for the general reader.Pius Murray, Holy Apostles Coll. and Seminary, Cromwell, Conn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879045897
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 853,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on the Zohar and Kabbalah. He is the author of the best-selling The Essential Kabbalah (HarperSanFrancisco, translated into seven languages); Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment (Paulist Press); God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality; and Zohar: Annotated and Explained (Jewish Lights). He is also the author of the annotated translation The Zohar: Pritzker Edition (Stanford University Press). He has so far completed six volumes of this immense project, which has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought." Formerly professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Daniel C. Matt now resides in Berkeley.

Daniel C. Matt is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Shekhinah: The Feminine Half of God
  • Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World
  • The Mystical Meaning of Torah
  • The Zohar: Masterpiece of Kabbalah
  • God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality
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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    highly recommend

    I enjoy reading Daniel Matt, and this book is really good. The subject matter is interesting to me, as I am interested in the Jewish religion and attempting to reconcile the bible and science; for which this is a really good read.

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