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Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence? Paperback – June 1, 2013
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It is not often I read a book with which I find so much accord--Dr. Phillip Skell, Evan Pugh Emeritus Professor Pennsylvania State University, Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Henry Scaefer is arguably among the top twenty living research chemists in the world. He is also a deeply committed Christian--Professor Robert Vergenz, Department of Chemistry and Physics, University of North Florida
Because of the philosophical pronouncements of some scientists and non-scientists, many people today assume that this is conflict between science and Christianity. But the eminent physical chemist and Christian Henry Schaefer shows in Science and Christianity: Conflic and Coherence? that there need be no conflict. This delightful set of essays, arising out of lectures that Professor Schaefer has delivered at hundreds of leading academic institutions around the world, answers many questions that people have about the relationship between science and Christianity and also gives examples of many leading scientist that are Chyristains--Dr. Don Page, Professor of Physics, University of Alberta and long time collaborator with Stephen Hawking
This book is a great testimony to God's power in a scientist's life--Dr. Christopher W. Macosko, Professor of Materials Science, University of Minnesota and Member, National Academy of Engineering
Professor Schaefer makes a lucid and persuasive case for why it is 'natural' for a natural scientist to believe in God--Dr. Robert Kaita, Principal Research Physicist, Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University
These are just the sorts of things that the science and faith discussion most needs. And they go to make up a powerful and helpful book of Christianty apologetic that I can heartily recommend--Professor Ian Hutchinson, Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Book of the Week -- ChristianityToday, 2/23/04 On Thursday, March 4, 2004, Professor Schaefer lectures at Princeton University on "The Big bang, Stephen Hawkins, and God." -- Princeton University, The Templeton Lecture, 3/4/04 This is a great book by one of the Christian world's premier thinkers and one of America's eminent scientists -- Charles W. Colson, BreakPoint.org, January 5, 2004 This is a highly recommended read for both Christians and non-Christians. -- Dr. J. Terence Morrison, University Faculty Newsletter, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, October, 2003 This is one of those rare books that combines solid substance with understandable style, spiced with humor. --Dr. David Fisher, Editor, Newsletter of the American Scientific Affliation, September, 2003
On Thursday, March 4, 2004, Professor Schaefer lectures at Princeton University on "The Big bang, Stephen Hawkins, and God." -- Princeton University, The Templeton Lecture, 3/4/04
This is a great book by one of the Christian world's premier thinkers and one of America's eminent scientists -- Charles W. Colson, BreakPoint.org, January 5, 2004
This is a highly recommended read for both Christians and non-Christians. -- Dr. J. Terence Morrison, University Faculty Newsletter, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, October, 2003
This is one of those rare books that combines solid substance with understandable style, spiced with humor. -- Dr. David Fisher, Editor, Newsletter of the American Scientific Affliation, September, 2003
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University of North Florida
Dr. Henry Schaefer is arguably among the top twenty living research chemists in the world in the influence of his work on chemistry. His research specialty is the same as mine, quantum chemistry. He is also a deeply committed thinking Christian. He is therefore ideally suited to address his subject. This book belies the common misconception that there is a conflict between the revelation of Christianity and the results of science. To be sure, there are sharp exchanges when Christians confuse the roles of religion and science, or when prominent and outspoken scientists pontificate about religion. The book deals with the specific claims of a few prominent scientist critics of Christianity. It also convincingly shows that by and large the people who know science best, those who do it professionally, have "the same range of attitudes about religious matters as does the general public." The book provides a veritable "who's who" of prominent scientists, past and present, who claim Christ as Lord. Dr. Schaefer addresses the most frequent general questions related to belief in God, as seen from the perspective of a scientist. He also addresses specific issues in scientific areas that overlap significantly with his specialized expertise: quantum mechanics, cosmology and the chemistry of the origin of life. Although the book is intellectually satisfying, it is not merely intellectual. Dr. Schaefer ends the book by describing his personal journey discovering Christ in the midst of a meteoric scientific career, and outlines the Christian revelation as it has found a home in his life. Though I do not agree with him in every detail, I recommend this excellent book to anyone interested in science or in Christianity, and who desires to integrate knowledge from these important streams of thought in modern society.
Topics range from the creation of the universe to problems of the Theory of Evolution. His voice of reason also proclaims the truth found only in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Schaefer has spoken at almost every major university in existence today, and is a brilliant and humorous man. The chapters of his book are a culmination of years of personal reflection and experience, coupled with his faith in Christ.
This book is a wonderful voice of truth in a time when truth needs to be heard. Science and Christianity have a rich history together, and there is no conflict. Dr. Schaefer's book was worth every penny and I look forward to his next book, which I hope he writes someday.
Dr. Schaefer also offers quick, concise answers to many questions people ask about the assumed conflict between true science and the Christian faith, and does so without being trite or simplistic.
Even those with a casual interest in the biological and physical sciences will recognize names of great men of science but they probably have never read about how their beliefs spurred them on in their research. Even in an age where we are more self-conscious about connecting the people to their scientific discoveries, books rarely delve into their personal lives.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious to learn about the real coherence between true science and a life-commitment to Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah sent to us by God.
William Bordeaux, D.A.
Professor of Chemistry
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This book gave me the scientific path to believe in God. I am now a Christian.Published 12 months ago by Wendy Gregor
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This extraordinary book written by one of the great scientists of our time, satisfies the deepest needs of mind and heart. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Norber Senftleben
This fits the category of "a book that I have been looking for all my life." It is thoroughly readable, well researched. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Peter Thirkell
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The reader must consider that the author was not a believer. However, he became one as he worked closer to God then most of us have the opportunity to do. Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by Erpilot
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