Author and computer systems designer Gregg Braden wrapped this entire book around the premise that God’s name is literally encoded into every human body. According to Braden’s logic, the basic elements of DNA–hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and carbon–directly translate into specific letters of the Hebrew alphabets (YHVA), which then translate into the original name of God. Braden’s hope is that knowing that God’s signature is carried within each cell of the estimated six billion humans on earth will give humankind the evidence we need to overcome our differences and renew our faith:Beyond Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, Native, Aboriginal, white, black, red, or yellow; man, woman, or child, the message reminds us that we are human. As humans, we share the same ancestors and exist as the children of the same Creator. In the moments that we doubt this one immutable truth, we need look no further than the cells of our body to be reminded. This is the power of the message within our cells.
One could argue that this melding of spirituality and science may be the next frontier in human evolution. Nonetheless, skeptics could also argue that this DNA=YHVA equation is an eerie coincidence, instead of a quantum breakthrough–like folding a $20 bill in a certain shape and seeing the twin towers in flames (Braden dispels such skepticism by asserting that the “odds that this relationship has occurred by chance are approximately 1 in 200,000″). This is neither a consistent or easy read. Some passages are filled with dense, analytical stretches of cross referencing ancient texts with modern science. Others are more prosaic as Braden explains his beautifully optimistic hope for peace on Earth. –Gail Hudson
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