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Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos Paperback – March 1, 2016
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"Paul Wallace is an astrophysicist who writes with magic, seamlessly blending story and theory, biblical texts and scientific concepts. This book will make you think. But also make you laugh. It will not only scratch an intellectual itch in your mind, but will touch your heart, connecting faith and reason in a way you'll actually enjoyeven call fun." --Andrew Root, Professor at Luther Seminary and author of The Relational Pastor
"Just as surely as atheism follows conventional theism for many people who face the realities of science and the agonies of life, a new kind of faith and a new vision of God can arise from the ashes of a lost and discredited belief. Paul Wallace tells his story of such a loss and recovery in a way that encouraged and inspired me and I believe will do the same for you." --Brian D. McLaren, Author, speaker, and activist
"Paul Wallace's Stars Beneath Us appeals to Christians, intellectuals, and those who identify as both. To enter Wallace's book is to be swept up in his quirky, astute, big-hearted way of striving towards mystery, both upon this planet and beyond. This is the only religion-and-science book I have ever devoured in one sitting." --Sharon Stephenson, Professor of Physics, Gettysburg College
"Stars Beneath Us by Paul Wallace will be of great help to many who are eager to reconcile religion and science but who, in C. S. Lewis's words, find their intellect getting in the way. This book is likely to challenge believers who prefer to safeguard their faith from the findings of science and will encourage scientifically minded people who find themselves alienated by conventional religious beliefs." --Julie Pennington-Russell, Pastor, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC
"If you're tired of debates that pit the Bible against science or bored of arguments over the compatibility between Genesis and evolutionand yet remain convinced that we have much yet to learn about the positive relationship between science and faithPaul Wallace's Stars Beneath Us is the next book for you to read. As a scientist, a theologian, and an educator, he is just the one we need to remind us just how interesting the conversation between science and faith can be." --David Wood, Glencoe Union Church, senior minister
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Will Wallace's book convert Young Earth Creationists to science, or New Atheists to Christianity? No, it won't, particularly since he does not hesitate to point out his disagreements with both of those groups. But what Wallace accomplishes is to create a space where both faith and science are welcome. His book is not a propaganda piece: he is not trying to convince Christians to embrace science or scientists to embrace Christianity. He is telling his own story, and grounding that story in his understanding of science (which is considerable) and his close reading of Job.Read more ›
One of the most enjoyable parts of that continuing expedition was his travels though the Old Testament Book of Job - to my mind perhaps the most interesting conversation in the Bible. This discussion occurs between Job, who has just lost "everything", his several friends/acquaintances who offer advice, and God, who proffers the beauty, complexity and goodness of his creation, the universe.
Like Dr. Wallace, my personal journey led me to a scientific career for most of my life, but eventually back to religion, church and stronger faith than I could have ever imagined (still a very imperfect work in progress). I highly recommend Stars Beneath Us to you not just because I related easily to his narrative, or because I happen to agree with much of his viewpoint, but because his book so encourages everyone's minds and hearts to be open to what is true. Whether that truth comes from the measurements and observations of our science, or from the stories, wisdom, traditions and spirit of our faith, God's universe is wondrous and beautiful, perplexing and messy, but ultimately - inspiring and comforting.
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Paul Wallace is an amazing writer. He is extremely knowledgeable in astrophysics and theology. His writing is rich and eloquent, and clarifying in a life changing way.Published 6 hours ago by susan bennett
This was difficult for me to understand. I was not into his writing style. But, it's an okay book.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't a student of Dr. Wallace, but I did work as a student under him in the Physics Department nearly two decades ago. Dr. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jonathan Weaver
Enjoyed it very much. It gave many ideas to think about and new perspectives on traditional material showing science and religion are compatiblePublished 1 month ago by Carol Calderon
This is refreshingly different take on the uniquely American science/religion debate. Mixing science, religion, and memoir, Paul Wallace does not simply lay out the terms of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M N Taylor
Paul Wallace has accomplished what others have failed to do for years - offer me a cogent argument about how I can make clearer sense of the chasm that exists between the physical... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Seeing 5-star ratings for this book only assure my suspicions that people either don't actually read things, or that they are highly biased (if not planted). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely love this book! The very definition of "fair and balanced". I've turned down many pages for return reading.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer