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God According to God: A Physicist Proves We've Been Wrong About God All Along Hardcover – May 26, 2009

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“This is as important a book on this subject as I recall ever having read.” (Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions)

“Schroeder’s insights help explore mankind’s relationship with God in an entirely new and thought-provoking manner.” (Rabbi Heschel Weiner, director, Walder Science Laboratory and Learning Center)

“A brilliant mix of ancient exegesis and modern science that will convince some and infuriate others. Schroeder’s book demands the attention of anyone who wonders if God must be exiled from the modern, enlightened mind.” (David J. Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters)

“A remarkable book. The science as well as the meaning of this universe and of life are discussed with insight, rigor, and depth along with a perceptive, challenging and scholarly view of the Old Testament. Great for a thoughtful reader!” (Charles H. Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley)

“God According to God is crucially important reading …I found this book a ringing confirmation of my deepest feelings about the Living God of history.” (Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat)

“Gerry Schroeder is one of a kind. Not only does he have a complete command of science but a complete command of the Biblical texts. As a result, he takes viewers on a fantastic journey that is both fun and extremely profound.” (Simcha Jacobovici, bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker)

“No one can read this book and ever think of God or how our world operates in the same way again. Schroeder has the rare ability to present complex matters, whether theological or scientific, in an engaging and understandable way. A must read.” (Prof. James D. Tabor, Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte, author of The Jesus Dynasty and Restoring Abrahamic Faith.)

“Full of paradox, existential tensions, and spiritual and intellectual epiphany, the book is another gift to humanity from a scientist who is also a great man, a deep thinker, a spiritual counselor and a wonderful teacher.” (Rabbi David Lapin)

“A remarkable tour de force, combining science, theology and biblical exegesis in a most compelling and significant way, casting a new light on how we view God and our own place within the world.” (Jerusalem Post)

“[Schroeder] has written an intriguing book that will stimulate thinking about the world, God, and Judaism.” (Jewish Book World)

From the Back Cover

In this groundbreaking exploration, a biblical scholar and M.I.T.-trained physicist combines decades of research to change the debate between religion and science, presenting a new paradigm of how to understand God.

Gerald Schroeder has spent his career revealing the hand of God in the intricate discoveries of physics. Now, for the first time, he turns his attention to this force, examining both the Bible and the physical world to discover the true nature of God—God according to God.

Schroeder argues that we have ignored those traits of God we find unappealing, replacing them with our personal desire for the all-knowing, all-loving, never-changing deity that so many worship today. This leads to the age-old problem: How can there be such a God when the world is filled with tragedy? Yet Schroeder reveals that this troubling juxtaposition is really smoke and mirrors. The God revealed in the Bible is 100 percent compatible with the world as we know it today. It is our misconception of God that causes the disparity. In fact, the concept of God that atheists rail against and that believers defend is inaccurate.

In God According to God, Schroeder presents a compelling case for the true God, a dynamic God who is still learning how to relate to creation. The key to God's action in the world, according to Schroeder, can be found in a well-known verse in Exodus that is typically translated "I am that which I am." Schroeder's correction that it should be translated "I will be that which I will be" reveals a God that changes to fit the ever-changing world.

This opens our eyes to other characteristics of God that we have long overlooked despite their being present in some of the most popular stories in the Bible—a God who regrets (the flood of Noah), a God who wants us to argue with Him (Jacob wrestling with God in the desert), and thus a God who changes His mind (Moses convinces God to spare the Israelite people), and a God who allowed nature, and the creation itself, from the very start, to rebel (Adam's and Eve's betrayal in Eden).

With riveting chapters on the origins of life, a scientist's view of creation, and the unique place of our planet in the galaxy, God According to God offers a radical paradigm shift that will forever change how we understand God.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061710156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061710155
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald L. Schroeder is the author of Genesis and the Big Bang and The Science of God. He earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to laboratories at the Weizmann Institute, the Hebrew University, and the Volcani Research Institute in Israel. His work has been reported in Time, Newsweek, Scientific American, and in leading newspapers around the world. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.

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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful By K. Harriger VINE VOICE on July 8, 2009
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I've been a fan of Gerald Schroeder since reading "Genesis and the Big Bang" about three years ago. Immediately after finishing that book, I had to have his other two, and was amazed how much his wisdom, vision and grasp of the issues seemed to grow with each book. This book continues that pattern, and does so in an amazing fashion. However, the approach of this book might not meet the expectations of those expecting another book based largely on science. While this book opens with a scientific analysis, the bulk of the book is devoted to a philosophical and theological treatise on the true nature of God.

While he often touches upon the same "origins" questions in each book, the manner in which he does so reveals a surprisingly sharp uptick in his growing breadth of knowledge. Many scientists seem to fall into a comfortable groove at mid-life, as evidenced in their writings, but Schroeder's understanding seems to be growing in leaps and bounds, and shows little sign of slowing down. This is a good thing...a Very Good thing. I continue to read a number of authors who deal with the harmony of Genesis and Science, and among them, Mr. Schroeder has risen like cream and sits atop the heap. I should note that I'm typically stingy about heaping praise on anyone, if for no other reason that I don't want to contribute to a complacency that might cause them to "coast" a bit, but I don't think that's a possibility here.

As my own understanding of these scientific/theological issues has grown over the years, I have often found myself reluctantly letting go of traditional beliefs I held dear, and embraced new ideas. It's difficult at times, but ultimately rewarding as these new ideas open up a fresh understanding of God and how He operates within this realm.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sol Lobbes on July 12, 2009
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I loved this book in spite of the fact that it wasn't what I was expecting. I've read all Schroeder's other books about the harmony between science and the Bible, and expected this to be yet another take on his increasingly well-honed arguments. The author's insights seem to grow and mature with each book, and although this book opens with the usual discussion on origins, it quickly becomes a book about theology and how we've all incorrectly defined God over the millennia.

For anyone who's been paying attention, there has always been a big gap between the somewhat vague, "feel-good" conceptual God of western culture, and the God we find within the Bible (when we take the time to actually read it in its entirety). In this wonderful book, Schroeder does a beautiful job of repairing this harmful breach of understanding. One of the single most important points he makes is showing that the God who's under attack from "The New Atheists" is this conceptual, cultural God that we've invented, but the God of the Bible is far more consistent with the God we encounter on a daily basis, a God who is capable of omnipotence, but has chosen to give us far more control than many of us are prepared for.

This is a God who never attempts to micro-manage our lives, and who often allows us to do all sorts of horrible things to each other because this is the same God who has given us dominion over the earth, and often lets us stew in our own juices when we foul up. This God, whom we actually find in the Bible, is a far cry from the micro-managing God put forth every day on TV programs and espoused from prosperity gospel pulpits.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By rowley32256 VINE VOICE on July 24, 2009
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Gerald Schroeder is a biblical scholar and physicist whose trilogy (Genesis and the Big Bang - 1990; The Science of God - 1997; The Hidden Face of God - 2001) explained how the Biblical description of creation in the Book of Genesis could be reconciled with modern scientific knowledge, including the almost 14 billion years age of the universe. His latest work, God According to God, goes one stage further and sets out to show how the God of the entire Old Testament can be reconciled with reality as we understand it today. As ambitious as that prospect might seem, Schroeder achieves it in an articulate and eminently readable fashion with some genuinely innovative insights along the way. I commend this book to anyone who is interested in the relationship between scientific knowledge and faith in God.

Two extracts from the book that capture its main themes are found (1) at page 85: (Moses, having been confronted by God at the burning bush, asks God's name (3:13). In reply, "God said to Moses, 'I will be that which I will be' [ehe'ye (I will be) asher (that which) ehe'ye (I will be)] ... This is My name forever" (3:14-15). This meaning of the Hebrew text is vastly different from the King James rendering of that verse, "I am that I am.") and (2) at page 129: having designed and created our universe with all its magnificence and granted us the freedom of choice, God wants us, expects us, to interact with the Divine about how to run the universe. From these two themes, Schroeder develops his argument that God's intent for the universe was a journey of discovery not only for the created, but for the Creator.

The book has something for the layman and the scientist alike. Moving at a brisk pace more along the lines of a Ludlam novel than an apologetic, it truly is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books I have read in recent times.
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