This book draws from previously unpublished letters and interviews with physicists, theologians, and Sir John’s close associates and family to present Sir John’s ideas on pure unlimited love. Post, who was in dialogue with Sir John for fifteen years on this topic and who had founded the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (www.unlimitedloveinstitute.com), addresses how John Templeton arrived at his philosophy as a youth growing up in Tennessee. Post also shares how classical Presbyterian ideas came to synergize in his mind with the more Eastern influences of American transcendentalism and the Unity School of Christianity and ponders if Sir John truly believed that science and spirituality might fully converge on the same view of Ultimate Reality with their very different ways of knowing. Is Ultimate Reality Unlimited Love? presents Sir John’s hope for spiritual progress with the eventual convergence of ultimate reality and unlimited love.
Foreword Preface Part 1: Why This Idea Meant So Much to John Templeton: An Analysis Based on His Writings and Intellectual History since Youth
Chapter 1: Sir John’s Biggest Question: An Introduction
Chapter 2: The Spiritual and Intellectual Roots of Sir John’s Biggest Question
Chapter 3: Sir John’s Humble Approach to Ultimate Reality
Chapter 4: A Disciplined Rational Mind and the Power of Love Affirmations in Everyday Life
Chapter 5: The Spiritual Mind That Can Experience an Absorbing Field of Pure Unlimited Love That Far Transcends Ordinary Human Love and the Rational Mind
Chapter 6: Why Are We Created? Life as an Opportunity to Overcome Hardships, to Win with Love, and to Achieve Joy in God for Eternity
Chapter 7: The Healing Power of Unlimited Love in Mind and Body, and in Eliminating the Arrogant Conflict between Religions That Gravely Threatens the Human Future
Part 2: Three Primary Evidences of Sir John’s Thesis Consistent with His Core Ideas and Statements Focusing on Their Current Scientific Plausibility
Introduction to Part 2: Three Evidences for Sir John’s Thesis
Chapter 8: Unlimited Love as Ultimate Reality in Sir John’s Writings
Chapter 9: Three Points of Evidence for Unlimited Love as Ultimate Reality
Part 3: Statements from Family Members, Associates, and Scholarly Friends
Introduction to Part 3
Chapter 10: What Do You Think Sir John Meant by “Unlimited Love as Ultimate Reality”?
Chapter 11: How Did You Experience Sir John as a Person Who Tried to Live a Life of Love?
A Brief Epilogue: Some Quotations for Reflection Appendix: Sir John’s Letters to Stephen G. Post Regarding Unlimited Love Research Acknowledgments Bibliography Index
Stephen G. Post is professor of preventive medicine, and director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University of the State University of New York. He is recognized internationally for his work on the unselfish compassionate love at the interface of science, ethics, religious thought, and behavioral medicine. In addition, he is a recognized expert on the spiritual and ethical aspects of caring for persons with dementia. Post is the founding president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, Altruism, Compassion, Service, which was founded in 2001 (www.unlimitedloveinstitute.com). The Institute facilitates research, writing, conferences, and courses at the interface of science, spirituality, health, and love for humanity.
Post has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of Religion, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The Lancet. He has written seven scholarly books on love, and is also the editor of eight other books, most recently including Altruism & Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research, and Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue, both published by Oxford University Press. He is also editor-in-chief of the definitive, five-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics. His most recent book, published with Broadway Books, is Why Good Things Happen to Good People: The Exciting New Science That Proves the Link Between Doing Good and Living a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life (with co-author Jill Neimark).