The Becoming of Time

Integrating Physical and Religious Time

The Becoming of Time

Book Pages: 296 Illustrations: 9 illus., 12 figures Published: November 2002

Religious Studies, Theory and Philosophy

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Integrating concepts of time derived from the physical sciences and world religions, The Becoming of Time examines various questions about time, including its origin, its relation to space and motion, its irreversible nature, the notion of timelessness, and the reality of the future. Lawrence W. Fagg contends that the use of spatial metaphors to describe time obscures its true character. He offers an alternative, non-spatial description of time by developing the concept of time as becoming.

”This lucid and wide-ranging study sets out to reconcile the objective and subjective perspectives in the investigation of the phenomenon of time. [Lawrence W. Fagg] . . . explores the wondrous subtleties of time that modern physics continues to reveal, but complements them with the rich insights of the spiritual perspectives on time that the world's major religions have to offer.”—Helga Nowotny, Former President, International Society for the Study of Time

”Lawrence W. Fagg has made a fundamental contribution to our reflection upon time. His work immediately takes its place as a basic text for students and researchers, from college to seminary and university levels.”—Philip Hefner, Director, Zygon Center for Religion and Science



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Lawrence W. Fagg is Research Professor in Nuclear Physics at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of Electromagnetism and the Sacred: At the Frontier of Spirit and Matter and Two Faces of Time.

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Preface xi

Part I. Thinking about Time 1

1. Time: A Two-fold Mystery? 3

2. Philosophers Thinking about Time 15

Part II. Time in Our Cosmic Cocoon 27

3. Einstein, Time, and the Speed of Light 29

4. Time and the Quantum 43

5. Timing and Sensing Our Cocoon through Electromagnetism 63

6. Probing beyond: Spiritual Perceptions of Our Cocoon's Temporality 75

Part III. The Nature of Time 93

7. Did Time Begin? 95

8. Time and Motion 115

9. Irreversible Gauges of Time 127

10. Time, Space, and the Dynamic World: The Spatialization and Liberation of Time 149

11. The Moment: Increment of Time and Space 161

12. Timelessness 181

Part IV. What Will Time Tell? 191

13. Time in the Cosmic Future 193

14. A Time to Die 213

15. How Real the Future? 227

Part V. Time 235

16. Time: A Duality or Unity? 237

17. What is Time? 249

Bibliography 255
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