Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith A major work in which Griffiths asks us to look afresh at Christianity in the context of modern physics on the one hand and Eastern mysticism on the other. Scientists now acknowledge that quantitative enquiry can reveal only one aspect of reality and that to come to terms with a much deeper transcendent reality we must also be prepared to learn from Eastern traditions. The Western mechanistic model of the universe dating from the time of Galileo and Newton must now be replaced with a new organic model, marking a return to the ancient traditional wisdom in which the universe was seen to consist not only of a physical dimension but also psychological and spiritual dimensions, all of which are interrelated and interdependent.
Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) was an English Benedictine monk who settled in India in 1955 and went on to become one of the great mystical teachers of our time. In India he assumed the dress and ascetic disciplin of a Hindu holy man, and established a Christian community following the customs of an ashram. Through his immersion in the life and scriptures of India he found wisdom and inspiration for his own Christian faith.