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Science vs. Religion: The 500-Year War, Finding God in the Heat of the Battle [Paperback]

MD David J. Turell
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April 5, 2004 1413713815 978-1413713817
Science vs. Religion shows that the scientific discoveries of the past 150 years prove God exists beyond a reasonable doubt. Our universe is carefully designed to allow life and human development. The universe started with a "Big Bang," the beginning of space and time. There is no 'before' before the Bang, and science does not know what caused it. Darwin's Theory of Evolution appears to do away with God, but there is enormous controversy among Darwin scientists as to how evolution works. Other scientists raise critical objections. Darwinism is not proven. Scientists don't know how life got started, because living matter, even single-celled forms, have been found to be extremely complex. This book proposes, for those who have faith in God and for those who have chosen not to accept God on faith, if they study scientific discoveries they will find overwhelming evidence of the Hand of God.

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This is a good starting point for someone looking for a popular presentation of the discussion on a personal level. -- Library Journal, 2004

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (April 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413713815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413713817
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book December 27, 2004
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Doctor Turell writes in a profoundly engaging and intellectually playful way. The tone of his approach to SCIENCE vs. RELIGION is friendly and collegial, not ponderous. This tone is a key to the success of his book. However, Turell also comprehensively, accurately, and carefully reviews the serious scientific, philosophical, and theological literature that bears on his topic. By the means of presenting and synthesizing a depth and density of facts and data, Turell brings the reader steadily to contemplate his compelling and profound conclusions.

Dr. Turell is candid about his personal journey in search of God that entwines with his writing of this book. This personal investment of energy enlivens Turell's creative work. Lets examine how Dr. Turell proceeds with his journey that becomes our journey as his readers.

Chapter 1 (Enemies or Helpmates) frames the key elements of a respectful, honest and productive debate between Scientists and Creationists. Turell's quote of Pope John Paul II, sums it up beautifully: "Science can purify religion from error and superstition, and religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes". Chapter 2 (Our Designer Universe Fine-Tuned for Life) summarizes the fascinating findings of astronomy and cosmology of the 20th century and beyond. There are "Big Bangs" and big chemical events described as Turell concludes that only the God of "Intelligent Design" could have programmed a safe place for our existence. As usual he presents views to the contrary fairly. Chapter 3 (Is Life a Glorious Accident? No Chance), visits the intensely conflicted and often misunderstood and misrepresented world of Darwin's ideas. Roll-up your intellectual sleeves for this encounter! Chapter 4 (Is The Evolution of Humans a Glorious Accident?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I find Science vs. Religion is a very worthwhile book. It is chock full of scientists' 20th Century findings and philosophers' up-to-date thoughts about the universe, life, intelligence and how all this bears on whether God exists.
If readers aren't interested in this subject matter, they must be wholly without curiosity.
The argument for the existence of God that struck me as the most convincing (page 122) is the finding that the human brain grew four times larger during the 2.5 million years it took for hominids to become humans. This cannot be attributed to Darwinian gradualism. We had no need for so large a brain so soon. Why did our brain, and only ours, grow so relatively fast? Maybe there is a God, a playful one.
On the other hand, it is argued on page 183 that "if a first cause was caused, then it could not be a first cause. It must be God". I'd say it must be an "Occam's Razor" issue, as the Razor is explained in the book, with no need to evoke God as a deductive explanation. The "Big Bang" may simply be the "Big Bang", having no cause, not requiring the invention of an explanation.
I like the book's "argument from consciousness" (page 206), that "we are aware that we are aware," and we have the intellectual capacity that might help us duck another asteroid like the one that killed off the dinosaurs and might later move to another hospitable solar system before our sun dies. Our helpful God at work again?
All this is every interesting and thought-provoking, and I'm for it. The book is great. I've enjoyed reading it and thinking about it, and I'll probably use it as a reference for years to come.
Yet I remain an agnostic, one who respects believers but who can't ever quite make it into the fold.
Part of my trouble is that I don't understand what good it does anyone for me to hold a set of beliefs concerning God. Morals and ethics, yes, but not God Himself. I can only speculate as to whether He exists and if so, why?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pilgrim's tale for fellow pilgrims. September 8, 2004
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Dr. Turell's book resonated with me because it crossed many trails I have pursued myself in terms of its reflection on the foundations for God's existence and presence in the world, while adding the personal perspective of the author on his own search for spiritual comfort with the Designer. I have been a fan of Mortimer Adler, whose philosophical approach to God Turell borrows, for many years and have monitored with interest the arguments of the proponents of intelligent design and the anthropic principle, as well as the explanations of the deficiencies of Darwinism as a final theory. Dr. Turell weaves all these threads together with a personal touch, and provides some suggestions for compromises in certain aspects of the cultural war that have merit as well as some helpful tips for other pilgrims. A very worthwhile addition to the dialogue to which I am sure to return.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God is The Creator of The Universe March 14, 2013
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I liked the way that the doctor explained how he believed that that there was a higher authority than just the study science and expermitting. How he went into the why's before science. I would recommend this book especially to a dear friend of mine that is in the process of going into sciencetology, who is not a believer in the bible and any other person that might have the same beliefs.
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