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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Little Book, September 29, 2010
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I truly enjoyed this book. Dr. Cunningham is a sharp thinker and an excellent writer. Although written as a rebuttal to Francis Collins' book "The Language of God", this book serves as a great survey of common arguments used by Christians to defend their faith. Dr. Cunningham is respectful, yet blunt when it is called for. He goes to great lengths to not construct a straw man, but rather it is clear that he truly wants to understand, and to articulate sincerely and accurately the positions which he argues against. This intellectual honesty, for those of us who find such things very edifying, is refreshing. Highly Recommended.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2012 5:24:40 AM PDT
I have just received George Cunningham's book; and have as yet read but a few lines here and there. I may not care to read much more. Why? To any reader but his own disciples it ought to be immediately obvious that his arguments are not strictly scientific, but basically based on his a priori faith that God does not exist.
His paragraphs on "Why is there something rather than nothing" (p. 104-105) is for example most speculative, his admitting that "This cyclical universe hypothesis is not the current scientific consensus, but it is more reasonable than supposing a supernatural creation". That this Hypothesis"is more reasonable than supposing a supernatural creation" is of course plain atheistic faith. Moreover, since the universe is a closed system (in Cunningham's faith), the universe entropy must increase with time -which means that less and less energy becomes usable for the work required to renew the presumed cycling universes, so that the universe(s) will become more and more INHABITABLE; which by the way, anyway will happen in a far, far future, scientifically speaking, to this present universe, if not before in an nuclear bomb created inferno. Nuclear and biological weapons are creations by clever scientists, high priests of Cunningham's scientific god. Science with faith in God is good, science without faith in God is most dangerous, as shown for example by the disasters caused by the God-haters Hitler, Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao, to mention just a few, of the atheist tyrants of the last century.
As well George Cunningham's comment on "The spirit molecule" (p. 244-245) is faithful to an atheistic interpretation. That dimethyltryptamine might open up a gate to experiences beyond the reach of General relativity space-time, is not, of course, an option to a convinced atheist.
Sincerely
Magne Kongshaug, retired biophysicist
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