Close Connections: The Bridge Between Spiritual and Physical Reality

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, Jan 1, 2005 - Religion - 305 pages
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Is consciousness a product of the soul or an illusion the brain creates? Has creation always existed or does it have a point of beginning? Is matter infinitely refineable, or is there some indivisible building block for all of physical creation? Is there a Creator whose design has guided the evolution of human society, or did creation and human society come about by pure chance? And if there is a Creator, why does He seem to allow injustice to thrive and the innocent to suffer so that we call natural disasters "acts of God"? In Close Connections author and scholar John Hatcher employs axioms drawn from the Baha'i Faith as tools for probing answers to these and other questions.
  

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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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John S. Hatcher is a professor of English Literature at the University of South Florida, and holds degrees in English Literature and Old and Middle English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Georgia. He is the author of numerous books on Bah' theology and scripture. He lives near Tampa, FL.

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