Big news! Also, kind of weird news.
Now-atheist me has gotten a second edition of the book written by previous-religious-believer me back in print. It took me many years to do this after the initial publisher went of business, but I finally got around to it.
(Note: the paperback version was available May 8 on Amazon, but it took this long for a Kindle version to be prepared, then linked to the paperback listing on Amazon.)
Yes, Amazon has "God's Whisper, Creation's Thunder: Echoes of Spiritual Reality in the New Physics" available for $13 in paperback and $3.99 for the Kindle version.
I readily admit that it is more than a little strange for an author to republish a book that he currently doesn't believe is true -- at least a considerable portion of the book.
But since I'm scientifically minded, and there's a lot of science in the book, I figured that: (1) Many people would be interested in reading my take on how a particular form of mysticism relates to the new physics, and (2) Since science always is open to new possibilities, there's a small chance that what I believed some 25 years ago actually is true, even though I've deconverted from my belief in Sant Mat as practiced by Radha Soami Satsang Beas.
In another post I'll write about how I edited the book to be less preachy, shorter, and simpler. For now I'll be content with sharing the back cover copy -- which is the same as what appeared on the first edition published by Threshold Books.
In this ground-breaking study, Brian Hines shows the connection between the findings of the new physics and the insights of the great mystics. He presents the theories of contemporary physics with elegant simplicity and a sense of humor that makes for an intellectual tour-de-force.
In addition, the experimental methods of contemplative meditation are described in detail to show how one can confirm the facts of spiritual science. While quoting from the mystics of the great traditions, the author has chosen the great 12th Century Sufi mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi, as the mystic scientist par excellence.
As the new physics attempts to describe the subject of its experiments and theories, it is forced to resort to the language of poetic metaphor to convey its speculative concepts. Physics now deals with what cannot be perceived but only inferred, and the myth of the materiality of existence is dissolving.
The spiritual “scientist,” on the other hand, explores through his or her own being levels of reality which both encompass and transcend the laws of science. By refining the instrument of human consciousness according to verifiable principles developed over countless centuries of experimentation, the spiritual scientist seeks an empirically rigorous and objective experience of reality.
The reader will find his or her appreciation of these two fields deepening as the core principles of both are analyzed and compared. Viewed in this light, modern science is no longer seen to be in conflict with faith and spirituality. A seeker after truth can learn about both material and spiritual planes of reality with complete confidence that knowledge of one is consistent with knowledge of the other.
In truth, there is only one Law running throughout all of existence, one Voice producing all of the myriad sounds. When God whispers, creation thunders.