Taking The Quantum Leap into A History of God

I recently read two books in parallel:  Taking the Quantum Leap by Fred Alan Wolf and A History of God by Karen Armstrong.

Three book covers

Taking the Quantum Leap and A History of God viewed through the perspective of Exploring the Gap between Science and Religion.

My goal in reading them in parallel was to find common threads between these books and the concepts presented in Exploring the Gap between Science and Religion.   

The most intriguing insight was a single Biblical reference found in all three book. It is the story of Moses and the burning bush found in Exodus, Chapter 3, verses 13 and 14:

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (a)

In Exploring the Gap I refer God’s “I am” statement as one of  six Biblical stories that are “Themes of Unity in the Christian Bible.” (b)  Regretfully, I did not expand on that topic as much as I would have liked.

In A History of God Karen Armstrong states the following:

Instead of revealing his name directly, he answers “I am Who I Am (Ebyeh asber ebyeh) …(c)

There was to be no discussion of God’s nature and certainly no attempt to manipulate him as pagans sometimes did when they recited the name s of their gods. Yahweh is the Unconditional One: I shall be that which I shall be. (d)

In Taking the Quantum Leap, Wolf states the following regarding Moses’ experience with the burning bush:

The first documented case of quantum consciousness may have been Moses. When he asked “Who are you?” of the Presence felt at the burning bush, the answer came “I AM THAT I AM.” Moses then recognized that, within him, the God Voice now spoke as Moses.

(a) BibleGateway.com, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%203:13-14&version=NIV

(b) Exploring the Gap between Science and Religion, Book Publishers Network, 2011, p. 66. Note: the underline added by me.

(c) A History of God, Ballentine Books, New York, 1993, p. 21

(d) A History of God, Ballentine Books, New York, 1993, p. 22

(e) Taking the Quantum Leap, Harper & Row, New York, 1989