Blue Sky God: The Evolution of Science and Christianity, by Don MacGregor, July 2012. Circle Books, 285 pages, ISBN 978-1-84694-937-1. RRP £14.99 (paperback), £6.99 (e-book)
This is not a book concerned with green issues. It begins with an esoteric summary of current scientific issues and attempts to relate them to Christian theology. One key issue is that of Morphic Resonance, as described by Rupert Sheldrake. This is the idea that all species and some crystals have a collective memory which can be enhanced across the natural divide of distance. Did Christ change humanity’s morphic field? Here we enter the essence of this book – the idea of relating theology to what some would call the wilder extremes of science. The book may appeal to those who enjoy this sort of intellectual exploration of the potential for human evolution. Then we enter the realm light, electromatric energy and spiritual light, the incarnation and photosynthesis. Beyond the speed of light by a factor of between 20 and 20,000 times, there is the Akashic field.
Part two is about Christianity’s evolution from Hebraic and Aramaic and Greek and Latin, with new views about the nature of Jesus and human potential. Here again we touch on the human morphic field and human consciousness; we are in God, a pantheistic presence, a way of compassion. Humanity can be transformed by love and is a oneness with God.
The book then concentrates on the spiritual evolution, meditation and prayer. It mentions several well-known advisers, namely Thomas Merton, John Main and the Golden Rule found in 13 religions, a new creed and Peshilla; the theology of the early Christian texts before the gospels.
This is a long book of 285 pages concluding with liturgies including a healing service. Reading it required a good dictionary or referral to books by Rupert Sheldrake (morphic resonance) and David Bohm (implicate order), even so some facts needed deeper exploration and understanding. If you enjoy this kind of word association then it is worth exploring, though with a skeptical mind. It will not add to our green theological understanding or ethics, but it will stimulate deeper thought about the nature of science, God and Christ. Much centres on the person of Christ and his human and divine nature.