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Regaining Paradise

Forming a New Worldview, Knowing God, and Journeying into Eternity

Clarion Rating: 3 out of 5

Paul Corson’s Regaining Paradise is an eloquent and intellectually challenging spiritual text that works to refute scientific conclusions of a strictly material world.

Paul Corson’s Regaining Paradise undertakes a long, complex heroic journey toward a new view of the afterlife, informed by plenty of technical scientific exploration.

The majority of the work is spent dissecting the intricacies of Darwinism, Neo-Darwinism, Naturalism, and other scientific theories in order to present the position that there must be an otherworldly creative force. Here, humanity is said to have untapped energy—energy that will become evident when the idea of heaven is accepted. While short peeks at this eternity are given early on, it isn’t until late in the text that a real taste of Corson’s particular concept of paradise is presented. Once this heaven is introduced, it propels the text, making the rest more compelling.

Beautiful, captivating descriptions are used to suggest the existence of an infinite set of universes and the mind’s ability to comprehend them. Analogies help to illuminate humanity’s progress through life and into infinity after death, including a clear hourglass image, used to discuss why it seems that time speeds up the older that people get. Pleasing expressions function like word paintings, as with “unfurled rainbows lie within us,” and help to bring these assertions to life, making the book’s promise of life after death all the more enthralling.

There’s scientific joy in the book’s technical exposition, as with its explanations of evolution and string theory. It emphasizes the idea that science cannot fully explain such concepts, presenting notions of consciousness and conscience to declare the existence of God. However, as it itself notes, correlation does not imply causation—a point also true of its deductions regarding a divine creator.

The book is also packed with scientific terminology that makes it challenging to follow. Its concepts are elucidated with plenty of definitions; each can be followed to its conclusion. The book’s spiritual aspects require their own specialized vocabulary, too; related expressions are also explained in detail, including the book’s thoughtful notion of the “supracosmic,” or “the infinite creative level beyond the cosmic material plane.” However, some awkward sentence structures undermine the book’s effectiveness.

Paul Corson’s Regaining Paradise is an eloquent and intellectually challenging spiritual text that works to refute scientific conclusions of a strictly material world.

Reviewed by Jill Beauchamp

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