Close Connections: The Bridge Between Spiritual and Physical Reality

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2005 - Religion - 305 pages
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Close Connections will appeal to anyone interested in spirituality and its link to everyday life. For more than twenty-five years John Hatcher has studied the nature and purpose of physical reality by exploring the theological and philosophical implications of the authoritative Baha'i texts. His latest book explains how the gap between physical and spiritual reality is routinely crossed, and describes the profound implications that result from the interplay of both worlds.
 

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Contents

The Value of Physical Existence for Essentially Spiritual Beings
1
The Mystery of the Hidden Treasure
17
The Manifestation as Intermediary
33
The Manifestation as AllKnowing Physician
47
The Genesis Myth
65
Evolution as Divine Process
87
The Great Chain of Being
109
How Small Is That Quark?
125
Some Proofs of the Soul
169
Some Distinctions between Mind and Soul
201
Mind and Will
217
The Daily Miracle
233
The Brain as Intermediary for the Soul
241
The Longing to Cross Over
267
Notes
277
Bibliography
287

How Big Was That Bang?
139
The Genesis of Self
153

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About the author (2005)

John S. Hatcher holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia. He is a professor emeritus of English literature at the University of South Florida, Tampa. A widely published poet and distinguished lecturer, he has written numerous books on literature, philosophy, and Baha'i theology and scripture. He and his family live on a farm near Plant City, Florida.

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