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David Birnbaum

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David Birnbaum is known across Jewish and other religious circles as the author of God and Evil (KTAV, 1988). He is known globally as “the architect of Potentialism Theory” – a unified philosophy/cosmology/metaphysics. The paradigm-challenging theory is delineated in Birnbaum’s 3-volume Summa Metaphysica series (1988, 2005, 2014). See

A riposte to Summa Theologica of (St.) Thomas Aquinas, the Birnbaum treatise (see challenges both the mainstream Western philosophy of Aristotelianism and the well propped-up British/atheistic cosmology of Randomness (see The focus of over 150 reviews and articles (see, the work has been an assigned Course Text at over 15 institutions of higher learning globally (see

Summa Metaphysica was the focus of an international academic conference on Science & Religion in April of 2012 (see The work has been very widely covered globally. See

David Birnbaum is the Editor-in-Chief of the in-progress Mesorah Matrix series on Jewish thought and spirituality. The series spans 10-volumes with 10 respective themes and includes hand-selected pieces from 150-180 global Jewish thought leader essayists (see

In the history realm, David Birnbaum is the author/chronicler of the 2-volume The Crucifixion – of the Jews, and of the 7-volume Jews, Church & Civilization. His Crucifixion series, in particular, traces a direct trajectory from the Canon Gospels in the First Century to Auschwitz in the Twentieth. See

Birnbaum is a graduate of Yeshiva University High School (Manhattan), CCNY (City College of New York – Engineering) and Harvard. His commentary blog is

See also



As Author

3-volume Summa Metaphysica* (

2-volume The Crucifixion (

7-volume Jews, Church & Civilization (

As Editor-in-Chief

10-volume Mesorah Matrix (
(target completion: June 2019)

As Conceptualizer

3-volume Summa Spinoffs (

8-volume Potentialism Theory via Graphic-Narrative

As Commentator

YouTube channels

Summa Metaphysica

Mesorah Matrix


* Summa I: Religious Man / God and Evil
  Summa II: Spiritual Man / God and Good
  Summa III: Secular Man / The Transcendent Dynamic

David Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica philosophy treatise proposes an original theory unifying science and religion.