- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453840516
- ISBN-13: 978-1453840511
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,730,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
David Schey has a passion for exploring old mines, mills, and ghost towns in the American Southwest. His background includes a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in geology from the University of Minnesota and ten years experience as a minerals exploration geologist, working mostly in the southwestern United States. As a geologist, he has visited and evaluated the mineral potential of several underground mines in Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada. David currently works as a database developer/administrator for an engineering and environmental consulting company where he continues to work with other geologists. David is also a part-time volunteer in the paleontology lab at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where he prepares dinosaur fossils. ANCESTORS OF GODS is his second novel and is a story that demonstrates the modern conflict between science and religion. David lives in Golden, Colorado, with his wife, Peggy.
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In the story from the past, we discover that the same conflict that is occurring in the present has arisen between a pragmatic Native American hunter and his tribal shaman. Without spoiling the plot, I can say that the parallels drawn between the two world views 13,000 years ago and today shed a bright light on the dialectic itself. The surprise ending and its resolution perfectly cap off this fascinating philosophical drama.
I recommend this book to those readers who do believe that science informs us about our world, whether they are religious skeptics or religious believers. (I cannot predict how fundamentalist science-deniers might process the dichotomy presented in this book.)
My only confusion about the book was from a scene wherein the scientist's closest friend (and lover) expounds on the idea of non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA), the idea that science and religion address two different aspects of reality--HOW things are the way they are and WHY things are that way--and therefore need not be in conflict. Does Schey wish us to infer that NOMA is a reconciling approach to the dialectic between religion and science? Or is this scene meant to educate the reader about the variety of ideas that have been proffered? Readers will have to decide this for themselves...or write to the author!
I truly enjoyed the thoughts going through the mind of Dr. Lisa Trayer as she has to accept the support and money from a religious institute.
But the book is more than just science and faith, it's a story about the people who inhabited Colorado 13,000 years ago, leading up to a hypothesized major geological event.
A great, highly readable book at so many levels.