Book Review: The God Theory by Bernard Haisch

Copyright 2010 Lynn B. Savage

I sometimes feel more comfortable with Atheism than with Christianity. At least the Atheistic deconstruction of religion is often interesting. Beyond that, however, Atheism tends to get boring - not much to comment about that gloomy, existentialist view of life.

My ontological perspective assumes the existence of a God-force of sorts, although not the external, "personal" God that most religions postulate. It therefore seems reasonable to attempt development of a systematic theology that takes into account my spiritual view of the universe.

A good place to begin is through discussion of an excellent book, "The God Theory" by Bernard Haisch.

Haisch began his journey deeply enmeshed in orthodox Catholicism, even planning for the priesthood. Then his fascination with science pulled him away from the world of religion into a more secular worldview. He found himself surrounded by peers who embraced an atheistic, materialistic dogma, which was propounded with much the same fervor as was the religious views of his youth.

Haisch pondered whether science couldn't extend its rational methods of investigation and inquiry into the unseen aspects of reality that he still entertained. The result is his hypothesis, which he coined "The God Theory".

First, he assails the reductionist approach in modern science. Since reductionism limits the ability of science to explore possible non-physical realities (which quantum physics appears to hint at), a new paradigm is needed.

Then Haisch presents the God Theory, which resembles classic Hermetic philosophy in several key areas. The primacy of consciousness is presented as a cornerstone axiom, and the possibilities of testing the hypothesis are discussed. The entire universe is seen as a conscious field, which collectively is God.

It is hypothesized that an all-powerful entity would seek to experience itself in action, rather than be content to ponder its potential. Thus, the Big Bang is our description of this self-actualization on a physical scale, and there likely are many more non-physical parallels to consider.

Haisch presents several corollaries of interest:

God cannot require anything from us for his own happiness.

God cannot dislike, and certainly cannot hate, anything that we do or are.

God will never punish us, because it would ultimately amount to self-punishment.

There is no literal heaven or hell.

Overall, I found it fascinating that Haisch developed what I would term a "spiritual theology", which closely resembles my own. He extends the discussion into karma, and the basis for ethics. He challenges the scientific community to at least consider the plausibility and testability of his hypothesis. Good luck with that, Dr. Haisch.