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Jeffrey Imes
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The author has many interests that span the range from science fiction to cosmology to religion to spirituality. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in physics with supporting studies in geology and geophysics. He has been an avid reader and researcher of the Edgar Cayce readings for about 45 years. He first discovered the readings in 1977 when he borrowed the book "Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation" by Noel Langley from the American Embassy circulating library in Tripoli, Libya. Being a scientist, he appreciates the natural way in which the philosophy of the readings integrate scientific discoveries and certain religious ideas, and bring together Christianity and aspects of Eastern religious thought in a coherent non-dogmatic manner.

The first book he wrote using material from the readings, ‘The Essenes and the Advent of Jesus’, was published in 2021 and was written as an eight-lesson study guide that combines information from the Edgar Cayce readings and the Bible to present a more palatable interpretation of the story of events that led to the birth of Jesus. The Essenes were a third Jewish religious group that are only mentioned briefly in a couple of ancient history books, but are discussed extensively in the readings. The mission of the Essene community was to prepare for the expected Jewish Messiah by providing for the education and protection of Mary and the young Jesus. The author has always found this to be more likely than the common interpretation of a few Biblical passages that Mary was assigned the role of motherhood with little prior knowledge on her part, disregard for her free will, and no supporting community.

The interface of science and religion as it pertains to the creation of the universe and the nature of the soul is a fascinating field of investigation. The author recently wrote ‘The Spiritual Purpose of the Physical Universe’ as a way to order and correlate the ideas from readings that touched upon the creation of the universe as a facility for the rehabilitation of souls that had lost God consciousness with scientific studies in the fields of cosmology and archaeology. The book also was written to help bring about a better understanding of the connection between science and religion, the relationship between man and God, and the true spiritual purpose of the universe in which we reside. Scientists and religious leaders too often hold each other at arm’s length. Scientist can’t cross the invisible barrier because their mission requires them to remain focused on the physical laws that constrain the behavior of matter and energy. Religious leaders refuse to acknowledge the truth of scientific discoveries and theories that apparently [in their minds] conflict with spiritual concepts such as the existence of God and the soul. This refusal to accept scientific truths extends to concocting various formulations of “biblical science” from literal interpretations of the Bible to counter imagined dangers from secular science. This man made tension between the physical and spiritual worlds is artificial and unnatural. The spiritual philosophy of the Edgar Cayce readings brings science and religious thought together as a unified whole. Perhaps this book will help dissolve some of the mental barriers that prevent the separation of science and religion.