From Library Journal
That all of life is a wondrous accident, a fantastic conglomeration of chance happenings subject to the whimsy of natural selection, is particularly troubling to Oxford don and Anglican priest Ward (Religion and Creation, Oxford Univ., 1996). A blind and purposeless universe denies the existence of God?the very thing Ward strenuously argues for in his latest work. Taking on scientific materialism in general and the theories of two Oxford scientists in particular (biologist Richard Dawkins and chemist Peter Atkins), Ward methodically challenges their atheistic hypotheses point for point, arriving finally at the affirmation of a purposeful creator God, although one not given to overruling the laws of nature and, therefore, one who allows suffering. Quite a few notches above the creationist fight, Ward's work requires familiarity with the philosophical and scientific arguments involved to comprehend adequately the issues raised. Intellectual, detached, and deliberate in tone, this will appeal only to specialists in the area.?Sandra Collins, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Lib.
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With his famous remark that God was not a necessary hypothesis, the nineteenth-century astronomer Laplace anticipated the views of many of the most prominent scientists of our own time. But distinguished theologian Ward finds in God the only possible guarantor of intellectual coherence. Hence, he believes, scientists who follow Laplace into godless theories are soon entangled in self-contradictions. Ward deftly exposes these self-contradictions as he demonstrates that human consciousness, freedom, and morality could never have originated in merely accidental natural phenomena but must have derived from divine purpose. Hardly a fundamentalist defending a literal interpretation of Genesis, Ward evinces a sophisticated understanding of modern cosmological and evolutionary theories. But he finds these theories rational and meaningful only when interpreted within a divinely governed cosmos. A rare synthesis of intellect and conviction, this book offers valuable insights to readers struggling to reconcile faith and science. Bryce Christensen