- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Signalman Publishing; 3rd edition (June 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984061487
- ISBN-13: 978-0984061488
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
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Beyond the Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal about the Glory and Love of God Paperback – June 22, 2010
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Christian readers who accept the Bible as the word of God and accept the events recorded as ones that actually happened, will appreciate the affirmation of their faith. Others may find the concepts interesting, but not entirely convincing. Some of the ideas regarding heaven and hell, and the new world described in the book of Revelation may seem downright absurd and even offensive (a suggestion was made that based on his writing, Albert Schweitzer might be in hell).
Personally, I feel that Dr. Ross's book, The Creator and the Cosmos, is better. The scientific information in that book provides better argument for the existence of an intelligent creator that makes sense even to those who are non-believers. This book is okay for Christian readers who are interested in exploring the mysteries of God.
He was explaining that there are different dimensions and he explained it by drawing on a board. For years I never heard any more about the subject, but I could never forget about it and always felt it was a good explanation for a heavenly realm.
Now that I am so much older and read this book I am happy to have gotten such an excellent explanation on this subject and I understand why all these years it stuck in my mind!
Ross thinks like a scientist would be expected to - very, very precisely and with very fine distinctions. He always seems to use just the right words in just the right way and in just the right context to illustrate his points. I don't think Shakespere could have done as well, and that is NOT a joke, seriously. Though he's a scientist, and a darned good one as you'll see if you read the book, his VERY deep seated Christianity comes through in HOW he illustrates his points, and in how he uses very common words and pretty easily understood illustrations so that just about anybody can understand what are on occasion fairly mind-stretching concepts. But he really achieves this if he's read with the real intent to understand him.
I can very truthfully say that I don't believe anyone who reads this book, no matter which sect or denomination of Christianity you belong to, will fail to receive MANY blessings from reading this good man's book, and coming to understand the things he has to offer us. At times, I was so struck by certain passages that I had to go back and re-read them to ensure I really understood exactly what he was saying and trying to illustrate, but every instance was much more than worth it.
I am also certain that non-believers, if they but read it with a real intent to absorb and understand the concepts in it, WILL come to understand just why we believers DO believe, and that it's both very, very rational and very, very true. We Christians too often reject non-believers who are simply and honestly just asking us for some sort of concrete "proofs" upon which they might hand their own faith, and too often we turn them away with "Bible beating, scripture quoting and psalm singing." How can we fail to simply relate to them the very real reasons WHY we believe??? That isn't what God instructed us to do, and Ross has really done a masterful job of making the case for God's very real and concretely understood existence.
All these are no small things, folks! For 2,000 years, we've relied solely on simple Faith, perceived through components of ourselves that we've really never fully understood. Now, thanks to Ross and his cohorts and many scientists who have devoutly believed through all the years they've been "looking for God," we CAN understand MUCH more concretely and finitely what is NOT concrete or finite. If that seems paradoxical, it is, and it really takes reading the book in an honest and devout manner, just as it's presented, to really understand that statement.
If you've lost much of your sense of awe and wonder in this cynical, materialistic world we live in today, this book will lift your spirits to heights you've never really known before. If you've often wondered about the many seeming contradictions in the Bible and how they can both be true simultaneously, this book can and will explain it. Again, that's no small thing. It is truly an amazing book, and I recommend it highly to believer and non-believer alike.