The Elegant Universe Superstrings Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Elegant Universe  Superstrings  Hidden Dimensions  and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Author: Brian Greene
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2010-10-11
ISBN: 0393071340
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elegant Universe Superstrings Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Book Excerpt:

A new edition of the New York Times bestseller—now a three-part Nova special: a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through the mysteries of space, time, and matter. Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory—made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists—The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas—is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything. Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe
Author: Brian Greene
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 466
Release: 2000
ISBN: 009928992X
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elegant Universe Book Excerpt:

In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, Brian Greene, one of the world's leadin string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter - from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas - is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Green uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a hose to explain the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics to both illuminate and entertain, this book is a tour de force of scientific writing - a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer to understanding how the universe works.

Gateway of the Gods

Gateway of the Gods
Author: Craig Hines
Publsiher: Stygian Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2007-01-09
ISBN: 097855910X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gateway of the Gods Book Excerpt:

This ground-breaking and provocative book presents new and astonishing interpretations of ancient history, mythology and world religions that will call many established beliefs into question. In Gateway of the Gods, author Craig Hines invites readers to reconsider preconceived notions concerning Biblical theology in light of recent scientific discoveries and inquiries concerning the nature of the universe. This fascinating exploration reveals a number of ideas that have been suppressed and obscured behind layers of symbolism and misguided propaganda for thousands of years... until now. Why is it that so many world cultures share details of an event when fallen angels descended upon the earth and fathered hybrid offspring called the Nephilim? Is it possible that these beings used "gateway" technology housed within pyramids and holy temples to travel between the heavenly and earthly realms? Do the latest advances in theoretical physics lend credibility to the idea that otherworldly beings might reside in dimensions parallel to our own? Do the recorded voices of the "dead," known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), indicate that we may be able to communicate with these other realms? Was a secret message embedded within ancient texts that could only be revealed after we have attained the knowledge and technology necessary to understand it? Does this message offer a solution to the approaching environmental disaster that scientists warn will be more devastating to human civilization than any others in recorded history? Drawing from a variety of historical sources and years of meticulous research, the author weaves together a compelling argument involving a range of seemingly disparate topics that when considered together, formulate a radically new narrative concerning the history and destiny of the human race.

Honor A Phenomenology

Honor  A Phenomenology
Author: Robert L. Oprisko
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2012-07-26
ISBN: 1136274189
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Honor A Phenomenology Book Excerpt:

Honor is misunderstood in the social sciences. The literature lacks both accuracy and precision in its conceptual development such that we no longer say what we mean because we have no idea what we’re saying. We use many terms to mean honor and mean many different ideas when we refer to honor. Honor: A Phenomenology is designed to fix all of these problems. A ground-breaking examination of honor as a metaphenomenon, this book incorporates various structures of social control including prestige, face, shame and affiliated honor and the rejection of said structures by dignified individuals and groups. It shows honor to be a concept that encompasses a number of processes that operate together in order to structure society. Honor is how we are inscribed with social value by others and the means by which we inscribe others with social honor. Because it is the means by which individuals fit in and function with society, the main divisions internal (within the psyche of the individual and external (within the norms and institutions of society). Honor is the glue that holds groups together and the wedge that forces them apart; it defines who is us and who them. It accounts for the continuity and change in socio-political systems.

The Quantum University

The Quantum University
Author: Perry R. Rettig
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 145
Release: 2021-01-10
ISBN: 1475859155
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quantum University Book Excerpt:

The Quantum University begins with an analysis of the current state of higher education organizational structure and leadership based on classical scientific approaches. It then focuses briefly why the classical approaches are inappropriate for human organization, such as universities. From this baseline, the book shares descriptions of quantum physics, ecology, chaos theory, and other newer sciences. These sciences provide us important lessons for how we run our universities. These new sciences are a much cleaner fit and metaphor for our institutional structures and leadership models. The Quantum University finishes with a thorough investigation of what a new university structure would look like and the type of leadership it would need. Each chapter is accompanied with a guest essay written by different practitioners from across the nation. In addition, each chapter shares a fictitious story of “Leslie.” She is a new board of trustee member and struggles with her leadership role. By the end of the book, her insights have provided a new direction not only for herself, but also for the university.

Hidden Dimensions

Hidden Dimensions
Author: B. Alan Wallace
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2010-02-22
ISBN: 0231141513
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hidden Dimensions Book Excerpt:

B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena are conditioned by the brain, but do not emerge from it. Rather, the entire natural world of mind and matter, subjects and objects, arises from a unitary dimension of reality. Wallace employs the Buddhist meditative practice of samatha to test his hypothesis, creating a kind of telescope to examine the space of the mind. He then proposes a more general theory in which the participatory nature of reality is envisioned as a self-excited circuit.In comparing these ideas to the Buddhist theory known as the Middle Way philosophy, Wallace explores further aspects of his "general theory of ontological relativity," which can be investigated through vipasyana, or insight, meditation. He then focuses on the theme of symmetry in quantum cosmology and the "problem of frozen time," relating these issues to the theory and practices of the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. He concludes with a discussion of complementarity as it relates to science and religion.

The New Celebrity Scientists

The New Celebrity Scientists
Author: Declan Fahy
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2015-03-06
ISBN: 1442233435
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Celebrity Scientists Book Excerpt:

A new cultural icon strode the world stage at the turn of the twenty-first century: the celebrity scientist, as comfortable in Vanity Fair and Vogue as Smithsonian. Declan Fahy profiles eight of these eloquent, controversial, and compelling sellers of science to investigate how they achieved celebrity in the United States and internationally—and explores how their ideas influence our understanding of the world. Fahy traces the career trajectories of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Stephen Jay Gould, Susan Greenfield, and James Lovelock. He demonstrates how each scientist embraced the power of promotion and popularization to stimulate thinking, impact policy, influence research, drive controversies, and mobilize social movements. He also considers critical claims that they speak beyond their expertise and for personal gain. The result is a fascinating look into how celebrity scientists help determine what it means to be human, the nature of reality, and how to prepare for society’s uncertain future.

The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe
Author: Brian Greene
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2011-05-31
ISBN: 1446477770
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elegant Universe Book Excerpt:

'Compulsively readable...Green threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for holes' New York Times In this international bestseller, Columbia University professor Brian Greene provides, in layman’s terms, a comprehensive demystification of string theory. Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of the unknown, through introducing concepts from quantum mechanics to general relativity, to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions. Accessible and enlightening, Greene's inimitable blend of expert scientific insight and literary ingenuity makes The Elegant Universe an exhilarating read that brings us closer to understanding how our magnificent universe works. ‘Utterly absorbing...a brilliant achievement. An accessible, equationless account of strings’ Sunday Telegraph

Venus Don t Go There

Venus  Don   t Go There
Author: Michael T. Santini
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2022-02-10
ISBN: 1663233497
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Venus Don t Go There Book Excerpt:

If heaven will be coming to the third planet from the sun, then where will hell or the lake of fire be? This question will be increasingly asked as the final judgment of humankind approaches. Places of loss and banishment will be away from paradisical Earth. Dr. Santini, a minister and retired aerospace engineer who has worked on top secret space projects, argues that just as heaven will be on a renewed Earth, hell will also be a physically real place—and it could be on Venus or a distant exoplanet. In this book, he investigates the interactive nature of the eternal spiritual realm with the domain of our planetary existence. He provides evidence for the fusing of the seen and unseen worlds by exploring the fundamental properties of the universe, which include space, time, matter, and energy. By revealing correlations between the Bible and science, the author deduces the ultimate destiny for saved and unsaved humanity could be within the universe, providing a new perspective on life after death.

Einstein Relatively Simple

Einstein Relatively Simple
Author: Ira Mark Egdall
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2014-01-06
ISBN: 9814525618
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Einstein Relatively Simple Book Excerpt:

"Outstanding Academic Title for 2014" by CHOICE Einstein Relatively Simple brings together for the first time an exceptionally clear explanation of both special and general relativity. It is for people who always wanted to understand Einstein's ideas but never thought they could. Told with humor, enthusiasm, and rare clarity, this entertaining book reveals how a former high school drop-out revolutionized our understanding of space and time. From E=mc2 and everyday time travel to black holes and the big bang, Einstein Relatively Simple takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on a mind-boggling journey through the depths of Einstein's universe. Along the way, we track Einstein through the perils and triumphs of his life — follow his thinking, his logic, and his insights — and chronicle the audacity, imagination, and sheer genius of the man recognized as the greatest scientist of the modern era. In Part I on special relativity we learn how time slows and space shrinks with motion, and how mass and energy are equivalent. Part II on general relativity reveals a cosmos where black holes trap light and stop time, where wormholes form gravitational time machines, where space itself is continually expanding, and where some 13.7 billion years ago our universe was born in the ultimate cosmic event — the Big Bang. Contents:Einstein Discovered: Special Relativity, E = mc2,and Spacetime:From Unknown to RevolutionaryThe Great ConflictThe Two PostulatesA New RealityThe Shrinking of TimeSimultaneity and the Squeezing of SpaceThe World's Most Famous EquationSpacetimeEinstein Revealed: General Relativity, Gravity, and the Cosmos:Einstein's Dream“The Happiest Thought of My Life”The Warping of Space and TimeStitching SpacetimeWhat is Spacetime Curvature?Einstein's MasterpieceThe Universe RevealedIn the Beginning Readership: Adults and young people all over the world who are curious about Einstein and how the universe works. Keywords:Einstein;Relativity;Special Relativity;General Relativity;Spacetime;Big Bang;Black Holes;Expansion of Space;Time Travel;E=mc2;Universe;Cosmos;Time Dilation;Length Contraction;Wormholes;Light Postulate;Length Contraction;Gravitational Time Dilation;Time Warp;Space Warp;Relativity Postulate;Lorentz Transformation;Light Clock;Relativity of Simultaneity;Twins Paradox;Equivalence Principle;Gravity;Spacetime Curvature;Spacetime Interval;Gaussian Co-Ordinates;Geodesic;Momenergy;The Einstein Equation;Schwarzschild Geometry;Bending of Starlight;Frame Dragging;Cosmic Microwave Background;Geometry of Universe;Flat Universe;Critical Density;Dark Matter;Dark Energy;Future of UniverseKey Features:Einstein Relatively Simple is the definitive book on Einstein's theories for the lay reader — one that is fun to read, comprehensive, and most important, understandableEinstein's ideas are explained in everyday languageThe book devotes eight chapters to special and a full eight chapters to general relativity. Most popular science books give general relativity only a brief mention or ignore it altogetherReviews: “This general relativity theory changed our views on the origin and on the ending (if any) of the universe … all topics that tickle the imagination of a general public and Egdall, bringing the reader to the point beyond general relativity, does not miss the opportunity to end his guided tour with a sparkling firework of these issues … it is an entertaining introduction for the layman, that brings the reader a very long way.” The European Mathematical Society “He covers the main topics of special and general relativity in a refreshing, personal way. This is a well-crafted, well-documented text with extensive endnotes, in which a bibliography is embedded. He introduces readers to his own unique entry into this very populous genre. Valuable for inquisitive nonscientists.” CHOICE “I'm crazy about it. It's the best presentation of relativity for non-scientists that I've seen.” Art Hobson Professor Emeritus of Physics University of Arkansas "The writing is jovial and energetic and holds the reader's attention. This book is a nice introduction to modern physics, with a great biography of Einstein included. This book is recommended for a lay reader with basic algebra skills; high school and beginning college physics students would find it easily accessible." Zentralblatt MATH

A Chalice of Miracles

A Chalice of Miracles
Author: John W. Casperson
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 622
Release: 2008-12-15
ISBN: 9781468568066
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Chalice of Miracles Book Excerpt:

An excerpt, "Miraculous power emanates when wisdom and moral strength and moral discipline determine words and actions that resonate with harmony of eternal morals as opposed to immediate temptations of egoic desire. Miraculous power emanates when we comfort or care for someone in need. Miraculous power of forgiveness can transform a life. Miraculous power of hope can generate a million possibilities. Miraculous power of honesty can cleanse guilt. Miraculous power of atonement can eliminate karmic debt. While miraculous power of faith can move mountains, we possess the miraculous inability to understand that faith is not “one size fits all.” There are many paths to the one Truth. Whether Christianity or Islam, religious faith can cause violence and strife among us. Miraculous power of reason can acknowledge that felicity and adversity are the keys of the same piano from which the harmony of life is comprised, and one Composer wrote the symphony. A miracle of empathy can bestow freedom on those who need understanding and knowledge upon those who endeavor to understand. A miracle of affectionate love can transform lover and loved. A physical expression of love can fashion a portal (conception) through which an infinite soul may once again choose to incarnate in order to experience the awe and mystery of life on this small planet amidst the backwaters of the universe. All these powers to be sure, rest within the Chalice of Miracles, the Holy Grail of our bodies that cradles conscience and nurtures within us a creative impulse that impels us toward Divinity."

The Grand Illusion

The Grand Illusion
Author: Christopher Speer
Publsiher: Balboa Press
Total Pages: 485
Release: 2013-12
ISBN: 1452571929
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Grand Illusion Book Excerpt:

"It is VERY good. Fine piece of work. I have edited many books but this is the only one that has the jewel and the lotus and the muddy pool all in harmony. Rings true throughout my spiritual mountain climb and resonates with the ones whom I noticed were ahead of me. This is a handbook for people who have been round the track a few times. Blessings, Douglas. " -Author, teacher, healer, Douglas Buchanan.

The More of Myth

The More of Myth
Author: Mary Aswell Doll
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2011-11-19
ISBN: 9460914454
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The More of Myth Book Excerpt:

This book uses a nine-year experience of teaching world mythology to art students in order to discuss why and how such ancient stories provide significance today. Myth’s weird images and metaphors recall Wyrd (Word), the goddess of the cauldron. Students can be guided into the cauldron of mythic language to feel the stirring of new awareness of what it really means to be human. Psychologically, myth offers insights into family relations, memory, imagination, and otherness. Ecological insights from myth teach the connection among human-animal-plant relations and the organicism of all life forms. Cosmological insights from myth surprisingly echo findings in new science, with its emphasis on quantum mechanics, force fields, black holes, subatomic particles, chaos, and the possibilities of time travel. Two areas often considered completely opposite -- myth and science—actually reflect one another, since both propose theories, albeit in different ways. Myth cannot be laughed away as “mere” fabula, since, like science and psychology, it has long explored adventures into unseen, unknown worlds that yield necessary knowledge about the place of humans in the scheme of things big and small. The “more” of myth will be of interest to teachers and students of curriculum studies, to those seeking to go beyond Oedipus and Gutenberg, and to readers who know that all forms of life (including fingernails and rocks) are wondrous, diverse, alive, capable, purposive, and necessary.

A Theory of Everything That Matters

A Theory of Everything  That Matters
Author: Alister E McGrath
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-10-03
ISBN: 1529377978
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Theory of Everything That Matters Book Excerpt:

On 29th May 1919, British astronomers tested Einstein's theory of relativity by measuring the path of the stars travelling near the sun during an eclipse. On 7th November 1919, the results of that experiment were announced in London, proving Einstein's theory of relativity. A Theory of Everything (that Matters) has been written in celebration of this 100th anniversary. With the confirmation of Einstein's theories at the beginning of the twentieth century, our understanding of the universe became much more complex. What does this mean for religious belief, and specifically Christianity? Does it mean, as so many people assume, the death of God? In A Theory of Everything (that Matters) Alister McGrath - Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University - explores these questions, giving an overview of Einstein's thought and scientific theories, including his nuanced thinking on the difference between the scientific enterprise and beliefs outside its realm. This groundbreaking book is for anyone intrigued by Einstein as one of the twentieth century's most iconic figures, who wants to know what his theories mean for religion, and who is interested in the conversation between science and religions more broadly. 'An excellent study of Einstein's theories in relation to his beliefs about God' - starred review in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Strung Together

Strung Together
Author: Sean Miller
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2013-03-18
ISBN: 0472118668
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Strung Together Book Excerpt:

An examination of the cultural influence of string theory in scientific and popular discourse

The Scientific Sublime

The Scientific Sublime
Author: Alan G. Gross
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018
ISBN: 0190637773
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scientific Sublime Book Excerpt:

The sublime evokes our awe, our terror, and our wonder. Applied first in ancient Greece to the heights of literary expression, in the 18th-century the sublime was extended to nature and to the sciences, enterprises that viewed the natural world as a manifestation of God's goodness, power, and wisdom. In The Scientific Sublime, Alan Gross reveals the modern-day sublime in popular science. He shows how the great popular scientists of our time--Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Steven Weinberg, Brian Greene, Lisa Randall, Rachel Carson, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and E. O. Wilson--evoke the sublime in response to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? How did life? How did language? These authors maintain a tradition initiated by Joseph Addison, Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, and Adam Smith, towering 18th-century figures who adapted the literary sublime first to nature, then to science--though with one crucial difference: religion has been replaced wholly by science. In a final chapter, Gross explores science's attack on religion, an assault that attempts to sweep permanently under the rug two questions science cannot answer: What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of the good life?

How It Began A Time Traveler s Guide to the Universe

How It Began  A Time Traveler s Guide to the Universe
Author: Chris Impey
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2012-03-26
ISBN: 0393083055
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How It Began A Time Traveler s Guide to the Universe Book Excerpt:

“Impey combines the vision of a practicing scientist with the voice of a gifted storyteller.”—Dava Sobel In this vibrant, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, Chris Impey guides us through space and time, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang. What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can. Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept—"look-back time"—to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time. Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, Impey brilliantly describes the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe. The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: we travel from the Moon, Jupiter, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, the first ray of light, and even the strange, roiling conditions of the infant universe, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy. Impey gives us breathtaking visual descriptions and also explains what each landmark can reveal about the universe and its history. His lucid, wonderfully engaging scientific discussions bring us to the brink of modern cosmology and physics, illuminating such mind-bending concepts as invisible dimensions, timelessness, and multiple universes. A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, How It Began will reward its readers with a deeper understanding of the universe we inhabit as well as a renewed sense of wonder at its beauty and mystery.

Epiphany

Epiphany
Author: Brent Saltzman
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2006-03
ISBN: 1411673255
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epiphany Book Excerpt:

Gabriel Williamson was a near-broken man by the time he reached the age of forty-five. That was until he received the oppurtunity to take one last trip to the Eternal; the space station he had spent much of his life dreaming up. Upon arrival, he discovers that most of the oxygen-deprived crew is on the brink of death, and meets and entity that he believes may hold the key not only to his existence, but the very purpose of humanity.

Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene

Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene
Author: Matt Doeden
Publsiher: Lerner Publications
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2015-03-01
ISBN: 1467762792
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene Book Excerpt:

Brian Greene's father taught him to look at the world in different ways. Years later, he started helping others understand the universe from new perspectives. Learn how Brian became a physics expert and bestselling author.

THE SECRET SERVICE CHURCH FAITH SEEKING RELATEDNESS

THE SECRET SERVICE CHURCH FAITH SEEKING RELATEDNESS
Author: George Gammack
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2015-08-26
ISBN: 1326390503
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

THE SECRET SERVICE CHURCH FAITH SEEKING RELATEDNESS Book Excerpt:

We all know what church is. Likewise we are provided with a supply of set notions for God, Christ and the Bible, which make up the stock-in trade equipment for both 'believer' and 'non-believer.' This study asks fundamental questions about all these from a relational perspective, attempting to illumine the faith quest by way of clues from the common realities of human interaction. In this it is the appropriate provisions of relationships, rather than the assent to doctrines, that forms the spiritual basis of community. Such a theology of relatedness is urgently needed. We must come out of our creedal closets to be part of a new diaspora. This demands a 'secret discipline' of servant relationship at work in that no-man's-land where there is space for all manner of secular saints and doctrinal devils to discover the possibilities of their togetherness - the secret service church, in odd places and often strange company.