New Book, ‘Theory Of Everything: Franciscan Faith And Reason,’ Combines Spiritual & Intellectual Disciplines

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Multidisciplinary Leader Ron Walter Offers View Of Spirit As Love-Energy

Ron Walter, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, successful businessman and advocate of ecumenical Franciscan spirituality, offers his view of spirit as love-energy as the author of “Theory of Everything: Franciscan Faith and Reason.”

The book traces Walter’s spiritual trek through philosophy, theology and science after his encounter with multiple myeloma and ensuing chemotherapy treatments. It chronicles his thoughts, ideas and sometimes unorthodox conclusions as he compares and contrasts views of noted scholars from the ancient philosophers to modern-day theologians and scientists.

Integrating concepts from all three disciplines, “Theory of Everything” explores the natures of God, humanity and the cosmos and concludes very positively that the universe is evolving toward an ever higher state of consciousness.

Walter validates conclusions by examining them in light of the Franciscan spirituality and theology that undergird his own life. In the process, he describes God as Truth, Light, Love and Spirit. He develops views of spirit as love-energy serving as a strange attractor to lure all creation toward the ultimate Good.

This spirit as love-energy functions as a wave of information and guides the evolutionary process. The material cosmos evolves until it becomes self-conscious and realizes that it is being created by God, and humanity is at the forefront of this evolutionary process. The book stresses the importance of differentiating the human mind (or soul) from the human spirit and emphasizes the importance of recognizing the spirit of God as indwelling all of creation – to include humankind.

Also, “Theory of Everything” espouses a view of death for humans in an evolutionary world as merely another stage of life. For Walter, resurrection is best perceived as a transformation – yet another stage in the evolution of human consciousness. After developing his concept of a Christological cosmos, he ends the book with a rapid-fire series of conclusions, such as: Every religion possesses only a glimpse of God; the universe is internalizing itself; emergent wholeness and direction are linked; humanity is at the forefront of the evolutionary process; and spirituality, not theology, must govern humanity’s relationship with God.

About Ron Walter

Ron Walter ( is an author, commentator and guest speaker with expertise in human spirituality, business management and military leadership. A retired corporate executive with more than 20 years active military service, Colonel Walter currently serves on Boards of Directors for the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Vesuvius Press Inc. in Phoenix. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM). “Theory of Everything: Franciscan Faith and Reason” recounts Walter’s spiritual awakening following chemotherapy in the winter of 2012-13. It explores the natures of God, humanity and the cosmos from the perspectives of noted philosophers, theologians and scientists. A major conclusion of the book is that finite beings emerge within Trinitarian relations of divine Love.

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