We’ve all heard of IQ, and you may heard of EQ, but have you ever heard of SQ? Probably not. Your intelligence quotient and your emotional quotient might measure how intellectually-smart or emotionally-smart you are, but Kris Valloton is proposing a third dimension of intelligence: a Spiritual Quotient. It may be surprising that a neurologist, not a pastor, is writing the forward to such a book. There’s an entire chapter dedicated to the “law of spiritual physics.”
More surprises: while this book is not a book on apologetics, it felt like it many times. On the bookshelf, if you’re a theologian, I would put this book next to Strobel’s A Case for Christ. For me, describing experiences of the divine or connecting to Christ and calling it “SQ” seemed to be a way to appeal to skeptics or seekers, or even a way to try to prove the point that science and faith do not have to be at war with one another; they can co-exist in peace, easily.
I would recommend that any pastor or seminary student, of any Christian denomination, read this book to better understand those you will serve who are science-minded. This book shows how having a strong Christian belief does not have to mean surrendering a belief in science. Your friends and family who love science will love this book. It lost me at times. Even though it does not get too deep with these concepts, this book is smart.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.