From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The author, a nuclear physicist, is fascinated by the meeting points between science and religion. He discusses the laws of physics and moves from chaos theory and random quantum probabilities at the atomic level to evolution, genetics, and DNA, using language that general readers can understand. In a clear, sequential scheme, one idea or concept leads to the next, and a body of knowledge both science-based and faith-based reveals itself as intricately bound together. In the chapter titled "Do Miracles Happen?" Stannard postulates that, for most people, a miracle is a violation of a law of nature. After examining a number of biblical miracle stories, he concludes that these phenomena are not intrinsically impossible; not that they necessarily happen, but that "-belief in miracles is not irrational." He makes clear that there are no simple answers to the questions he poses. Acknowledging that there will be no definitive proof of God's existence, he suggests that readers ask themselves if it doesn't make better sense to assume there is a God. He states, "Scientists and theologians alike must approach their respective data with humility, fully prepared to change their theories in the light of new evidence and insights." Teens are grappling with many of the issues and questions that Stannard addresses, and this book will provide them with interest- ing and arresting views to consider.Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Russell Stannard writes with his customary clarity about important concerns relating to how a scientist approaches issues of religious belief. -- John Polkinghorne, Fellow of Queens College, Cambridge and the Royal Society
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stimulating and entertaining. Stannard has that rare gift, especially rare among physicists, for making complex, challenging ideas accessible. --The Herald, Glasgow