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Stenger critically reviews the attempts of many contemporary theologians and some scientists to resurrect failed natural theologies in new guises. Whether these involve updated arguments from design, "anthropic" coincidences, or modern forms of deism, Stenger clearly shows that nothing in modern physics, biology, or cosmology required supernatural explanation and that those who claim evidence for intelligent design in the universe have made a number of fundamental scientific errors.
Through an extensive discussion of the origin and nature of the universe and its laws, he offers naturalistic explanations for empirical observations that are frequently given theistic interpretations: for example, that information in the universe implies an intelligent designer, that a universe with a beginning requires a Creator, and that the elegant laws of physics suggest a transcendent realm. Three valuable appendices are included to help readers appreciate the scientific reasoning.
From his standpoint as an experimental physicist, Stenger goes on to argue that alleged spiritual, nonmaterial phenomena do not lie beyond the experimental reach of science. He critically assesses claims that positive effects of intercessory prayer and other types of spiritual intervention have been demonstrated in controlled scientific experiments. Examining the reports of evidence for psychic phenomena and the benefits of alternative medicine, Stenger concludes that none of these reports pass the normal tests that science applies to determine if a stated claim can be confirmed.
Although this thorough and carefully reasoned volume covers much ground, readers will appreciate Stenger's engaging style and his clear explanations of the concepts involved.
Victor John Stenger (born 1935) is an American particle physicist, philosopher, author, and religious skeptic; he is also a regular featured science columnist for the Huffington... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven H Propp
An enjoyable read but I found it a little American-centric and too narrow focused.
Worth a read but not awesome.
This book draws on modern scientific evidence to unravel mysteries of the cosmos that were once thought to be divinely inspired. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Nigel Dique
Excelent analysis, scientific treatment of a crucial issue. ADOGMATIC, in contrast with religious views. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Carlos Oliveras
I read this book years ago and just recently reread it. I enjoyed it even more the second time. This is Stenger at his best. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Book Fanatic
It seems that certain members of the scientific community today are engaged in a revival of the pseudo-science campaign of two hundred years ago, named after the misguided and... Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Clifford J. Stevens
Dr. Stenger is knowlegable in his understanding of classical physics. He is a strict material reductionist with no acceptance of dualism or non-material phenomena. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by E. Mansfield
This is a review of Victor Stenger's "Has Science Found God?" Stenger is a retired physicist who has written numerous books in the debunker tradition against religion and... Read morePublished on July 20, 2009 by dcleve
I would rank Victor Stenger's "Has Science Found God?" as one of the most important books I have ever read. An experimental physicist, Dr. Read morePublished on July 26, 2008 by The Rationalist