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God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World Paperback – March 30, 1999
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While this book does not prove God exists, it does a very good job of showing that science and religion do not have to be at opposite ends. Science has advanced over the last 25 years to the point where the best explanations for some things are that a guiding hand has been at work. The position that if you believe in science then you cannot believe in God is shown to be untenable. This does not prove that God exists, only that there is no real obstacle standing between science and belief in God. Not an argument for a particular religion or a particular God, it points out that belief in a guiding intellect that pervades the universe is a tenable position and also the position most consistent with the current state of science.
Ultimately, I think his analysis is correct that unlike the 1970s, where it seemed to many that scientific discoveries precluded the existence of God, today (late 1990s and now early 2000), scientific discoveries tend to be more congenial to God's existence. As a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, I affirm his view that the materialism/mechanism of the 19th century is failing to account for many phenomena. He also had some good points about the prejudice of some scientists, in just simply dismissing Aristotle's notion of final cause, page 54, (its like saying, "I just don't like it"). When one considers much of the evidence regarding the "anthropic principle" in cosmology, it does seem as if the universe is hot-wired for life (no accident). But of course you have to decide for yourself, and Glynn does give many opposing arguments, which is nice.
So should you buy this book to prove something to yourself?
As a teacher of philosophy, I have learned that in order to prove or disprove anything to anyone at least two criteria are necessary:
(1) He/she has an open mind about the issue (no predetermined conclusions, such as some atheists and believers have) (2) There must be a starting point for the knowledge to flow from (if someone is a pure skeptic and the two of you cannot agree on a single thing like "we both know trees exist, right?Read more ›
For those of us that have grown up in a world where science proved that god is no longer necessary and therefore dead, Glynn offers words of doubt. However, these words of doubt are now attacking the hypothesis that science could ever hope to prove that there is no creator.
Glynn starts the book with the most compelling of the five areas: A Not So Random Universe. While some will fault his casual handling of the anthropic principle, with no clear background on strong or weak anthropic rationales, he does do an adequate job of describing the difficult underpinnings of physics in today's world. Particularly powerful is his crisp description of Hawkings, et al, who tries to hang onto a godless universe by creating theorems that might continue to lock out the concept of an intelligent creator. Unfortunately, these desperate theorists place faith in concepts that can not be proven.
The other areas of the book start to probe on softer areas, but these areas are still worth examining. However, most of these areas are soft not because of Glynn's poor treatment of these areas, but because much of science behind near death experience and/or psychology has been weak.
While Glynn does close with an appeal to live a life with deistic driven principles, he does leave a void. If there is a god, why can't you call him on a telephone? Why is the act of faith necessary? Why can't you prove god?
And the problem of evil remains.
So Glynn should have concluded his book, not with a pat encouragemenet to believe in god, but an encouragement to try and find out the answers to these questions.
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Patrick Glynn has written a book for seekers after truth. The advances of science and reason have taken us only so far. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathleen
For a book titled "God: The Evidence" you would expect to find some evidence supporting the existence of God. Spoiler alert: THERE IS NONE! Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by D. Christensen
My son is a Christian, although he has had problems in the area. It helps him to read things like this and he's the type to get a lot out of the scientific part. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by D. Poole
Its is a great book for those who have an inquring mind and want to know more about God and science and how they go together. Very well written. I recommend it greatly.Published on March 1, 2013 by AK
A lot of people who gave this book a bad review are your typical Dawkin's sheep. They pick one part of the argument and say they don't think that it proves God. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by John McAdam
This was recommended by a friend who hoped it would help me see the light and find my way back to God. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by M. Potter
If you're looking for a feel-good book full of some guy's rambling statements about god and spirituality, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by luckymanluke
I LOVE this book! God: The Evidence. The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World by Patrick Glynn is exactly the kind of book I can devour in a few days. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Michelle D. Lasch