Toward a Sound Perspective on Modern Physics: Capra's Popularization of Mysticism and Theological Approaches Reexamined

  • Robert K. Clifton
  • Marilyn G. Regehr


Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics, one of several popularizations paralleling Eastern mysticism and modern physics, is critiqued, demonstrating that Capra gives little attention to the differing philosophies of physics he employs, utilizing whatever interpretation suits his purposes, without prior justification. The same critique is applied and similar conclusions drawn, about some recent attempts at relating theology and physics. In contrast, we propose the possibility of maintaining a cogent relationship between these disciplines by employing theological hypotheses to account for aspects of physics that are free from interpretive difficulties, such as the ability to create mathematical structures with extraordinary predictive success.


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How to Cite
Clifton, R., & Regehr, M. (2021). Toward a Sound Perspective on Modern Physics: Capra’s Popularization of Mysticism and Theological Approaches Reexamined. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 9(1), 99-112. Retrieved from