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A brief exposition of human insignificance
on February 14, 2012
That is what impressed me about this book. It is the story of how human beings moved from central players in an eternal cosmic drama to an almost inconceivable insignificance facing "eternal" annihilation, with no trace left and no "memory" of us ever having been here at all. It is the story of the author's vigorous but ultimately impotent objection. In that sense, it is only tangentially about Church history, as exceedingly competent as that clearly is. This is a book that seeks to raise the question, for those interested to entertain it, of what grounds remain for doing theology at all. To me, that is an important question. If it's important to you, then you'll find this book well worth the read. I gave it 4 stars because, as another reviewer complains, no mention was made of Darwin, and this is an important omission. But frankly, such mention was not necessary, because there is already so much written about the impact of evolution on Christian thinking. This is a wholly different and I think far more riveting perspective on the impact of another branch of the sciences.