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on May 8, 2002
For all of those who feel that Ross didn't do a very good job in relating the concepts of higher physics and theology, it would help to remind yourselves that this book wasn't written for scientists with a PhD, it was written for the layperson. If it had been written for you high-brow types, in a manner to suit you, it would no longer be a book that the average person could enjoy. I just want you to know that I am not uneducated, I have a degree in the mathematical sciences.
Sure, sometimes the thread between the cosmos and some of the paradoxes of theology aren't completely answered by this book, but then theologians have been arguing these points for centuries. At least, Ross is attempting to pursue these questions in an original manner, from a cosmological and physics perspective. This is highly unusual, compared to the regular reading fare on this subject.
It isn't that I necessarily agree with everything in this book, Ross writes as a Calvinist and I'm of the Arminian persuasion (for you science types, this is Protestant history and theology that I'm talking here), but he did give me provocative things to consider. For instance, how could the death of one be an atonement for so many people? How many dimensions does God have? Is God really in an infinite dimension? Why are we "stuck" in a space-time dimension which is extremely limited and where we die?
Another book that helped to round out some of this was a book "Hyperspace" by Kaku. This is written for the layperson, but is written from a secular perspective (so some of its conclusions I didn't agree with, although it occupied only a small part of the book). However, it helped to fill in some of the "holes" to round out my reading for fun on this subject.
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on March 8, 2000
I read this book when it first came out, but it was only after the death of my youngest child, that it really had it's impact on me. Yes, my son is out there in a higher dimension, still with me in a way that he fully lives and I can only comprehend by way of the discoveries Ross reveals in this book
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on December 29, 1999
The author presents esoteric topics with skill, and the non-cosmologist will have no trouble following. The book "puts some meat on" what has, for the most part been, "mathematical masturbation", namely string theory and more-than-4-dimensional-space. I have a multi-diciplinary Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering and biology, and I found this book enlightening.
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on March 28, 2000
I really enjoyed this book! Of particular interest was the discussion of the extra-dimensionality of God. It is worth the price of the book just to read the illustration about how challenging it is for a super-dimensional God to communicate with four-dimensional humans. Fascinating! I highly recommend this book.
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on November 7, 1999
In "Beyond the Cosmos" Hugh Ross presents scientific findings that assist in explaining how certain Biblical statements and theology can be true. Ross gives no implication that the Bible is anything other than infallible, and he recognizes that science has not discovered all the answers. His attitude seems to be that because God created this universe, true scientific discoveries support that fact. As a Christian research chemist, I found the book enlightening, exciting, and encouraging.
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on June 10, 1999
Beyond the Cosmos
Hugh Ross' book "Beyond the Cosmos" pulls science together with Pauline Christianity to show how many classical religious stories make sense when explained using the fourth and higher dimensions. Mathematicians and scientists have actively used higher dimensions and fractional dimensions (fractals) since the 19th century. In the 20th century, relativity, superstrings, black holes, quantum dynamics, and gravity seem difficult to explain without assuming that the universe has more than four dimensions.
I found many parts of the book interesting, for example, the blurring of the infinite and the finite in Chapter 3, multiple time dimensions ("the Creator's capacities include at least two, perhaps more, time dimensions" and "... our time dimension had a beginning..."), and multiple space dimensions ("... God must be operating in a minimum of eleven dimensions...or the equivalent"). There may be a way to turn into higher dimensions (Figure 5.2). And the fires of hell may be a place where people "get what they want more than anything else: freedom from the will and rule of God." There is even an explanation of why the people in hell have to be tormented while they exercise that freedom.
The book fulfills its stated purpose and the flaws are only minor. It could be improved by discussing the effect of fractional dimensions, entropy, and dark matter in the universe. The book portrays the curious idea that there can be any freedom of will if a higher power (God, in this case) knows what we do. The book uses a particular vocabulary, referring to God as a personal being of masculine gender and employing translations of those verses of Scripture and of the Pauline writers that are accepted by its author. Nevertheless, mature non-Pauline Christians and non-Christians can simply accept this style of writing and enjoy this book thoroughly. For non-Christians, this book provides a fun introduction to what Christians believe.
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on August 24, 1999
While I found that the book only dealt with a few new ideas to me, they were ideas that stretched my imagination to a level that made me focus more on our eternal existance rather than on the mundane, ordinary muck of everyday living. I borrowed it from a friend, and now I find myself recommending it to my friends, and I haven't even got a copy for myself yet! It's not an easy read, but it is worthwhile, and I wish I had some kind of clout to ensure you read every page! Hang's worth it!
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on June 27, 2005
Many Christian theologians, intimidated by liberalism, have retreated from the traditional view that God knows the future. They have adopted a small view of God, often known as "process theology." God does not know the future, because the future does not yet exist. God is discovering the future along with us.

In this great book, Dr. Ross fully restores the orthodox doctrine of God's transcendence. He does so with the aid of modern physics. Dr. Ross' argument is irrebuttable. Time is just one of the created dimensions. The Creator can see all of time at a single glance, just as He can see the rest of the universe. Our past, present and future are all in the present tense to God. His name, "I AM," is more than just semantics!
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on August 20, 1999
BEYOND is an exceptional book. To me, the book places us in our proper context by helping to place God in His. I was left with an awe-inspired humility before such a great God. Here, Ross gives legs to the cliches about God being "beyond comprehension" and "Great" and "Loving." No one has dared to address some of the issues he explores. And contrary to many opinions, he does not claim to have the answers--he admittedly only puts forth some plausible theories to help stimulate thinking and dialogue. His critique of predestination and free will settles the matter for me, and for whomever would read that chapter with humility. Ross is not arrogant, not emphatic, and does NOT imply the Bible is anything but completely reliable and without error. To say otherwise is to slander him.
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on June 18, 1999
This is a tiny part of my review at The CRITICAL REVIEW. (We are an AMAZON Associate.)
...The world of physics, including quantum physics and the new physics along with the latest discoveries from astronomy offer evidence for understanding the Bible in the clearest way so far in history. Some might ask, the world of physics clarify the Bible? The answer is a resounding YES! Physicist David Rogstad, Ph.D. of the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that author Hugh Ross has shown that the tools scientists use to deal with paradoxes in the physical world can also be used to gain insights into paradoxes in Scripture. He believes that this is also strong proof for the supernatural inspiration of the Bible. Author and astronomer Hugh Ross takes us to the origin of the universe as astronomers know it. The Big Bang started from an infinitely small volume, some models predict 10 to the [minus] -100 power. Or, 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000001 cubic centimeters or something approximating this! From a mass so dense, [the size of a period] the universe exploded and unfolded itself. Thus the name Big Bang. Einstein realized this meant the universe had a starting point and he dared to say that it required the necessity of "a superior reasoning power." From here Ross takes us into....
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