- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Navpress (July 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891097007
- ISBN-13: 978-0891097006
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The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God Paperback – July, 1995
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A spiritual reference you'll want to keep. -- TEACH, Summer 1994
An absolutely fascinating book. -- Jack W. Thacker, Daily News, Bowling Green Kentucky, February 6, 1994
Ross weaves the scientific into an understandable great read. My "best I've read" this year. -- Dr. Waylan Moore, Florida Baptist Witness, December 15, 1994
The best work currently available on this subject. -- BTS Booklist, January 1994
About the Author
DR. HUGH ROSS earned his B.S. in physics from the University of British Columbia and his M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. He is the founder and president of Reasons to Believe, and hosts a television series by the same name which is broadcast internationally on TBN. A highly requested speaker on the topics of faith and science, Dr. Ross has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including "CBS Television News," "Praise the Lord," "The 700 Club," and "Focus on the Family." He is the author of three other NavPress books: Creation and Time, Beyond the Cosmos, and The Genesis Question. Dr. Ross and his family live in southern California.
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In the first place, Ross tends to rush a bit through his positive presentations, be somewhat unclear on details, and hurry on to point out the errors in the assumptions of his opponents. (This last, to my mind, he spends an inordinate amount of time doing, and not very well at that. Though he devotes a great deal of space to it overall, he gives very little attention to any one thinker.)
In the second place, and far more seriously given his aim in this book, he very often writes as though the evidence he is presenting tells exclusively in favor of Christianity. It does not; his Creator God, and the relevant chapters of Genesis, are hardly the exclusive property of the Christian religion, and at any rate his cosmological argument proves not one single thing about Jesus. Very nearly every argument in this volume is in fact _also_ an argument for the God of Judaism -- a point lost on Ross because he regards Judaism as in some way "deny[ing] portions of God's transcendence" [p. 79].
(Yes, that's what he says -- in what, as far as I can tell, is his _sole_ comment on Judaism in this entire volume. Since he gives no reason for this remark beyond the fact that Judaism "rejects the New Testament," I have no way to tell precisely _what_ part of Judaism he has misunderstood. By the way, his remark also refers to Islam, Mormonism, and one or two other religions whose adherents will no doubt be surprised to learn that they "deny portions of God's transcendence.")
Now, I certainly don't think that a Christian author needs to go out of his way to argue for Judaism! But my criticism is still entirely relevant, since according to Ross himself, he typically winds up his cosmology lectures by asking people whether they're ready to accept Christ -- apparently on the grounds that he has somehow proven the truth of Christianity by making a good case for the existence of the God of Genesis.
So I think it is entirely pertinent and just to point out that, in fact, he has proven no such thing. In fact just about the only thing in this volume with which a Jew would be bound to disagree is Ross's apparent belief that his science supports _only_ Christianity. What it supports is belief in the God of the Bible. Whether the New Testament merits inclusion in that Bible is an entirely separate question, beyond the scope both of Ross's book and of my review thereof.
At any rate, this is a fairly good book. I would just recommend supplementing it with something else -- something both more informative and less unjustifiably sectarian.
(And note that a book presenting actual arguments in favor specifically of Christianity would count as _justifiably_ sectarian! I'm not objecting to the book's Christian bent, just to its complete failure to recognize that its content is not concerned with anything unique to Christianity.)
Dr. Ross introduces the reader to a number of modern superstitious cosmology arguments and clearly shows how the latest advances in mathematics, physics, and astronomomy (particularly the dramatic discoveries of the Hubble telescope) do not support the modern alter-religion's notion of the universe. In fact, he takes the argument a step further and makes what I found to be a stunningly compelling case for the model set forth some thousands of years ago in the bible. Engaged by this notion when I first read this book some years ago, I conducted my own investion of these same matters and came to similar conclusions as Dr. Ross.
I have always felt that science is at its very best when it evokes a sense of the divine. Indeed anyone reading this book may think much differently about the universe after reading the book than before. Since Dr. Ross wrote this book, several new books have been published on the same subject supporting Dr. Ross's perspective, and in fact there has been much more scientific evidence dug up that points that way. Perhaps it will not be long from today that in critical and intellectually rigorous circles, a writer may risk his or her credibility more by attempting to refute Dr. Ross's Christain view of the universe than by simply agreeing with it.
There have been some minor disputes over whether Dr. Ross took some conclusions too far or misused a contant in some way. I have seen many of these objections and can say that some seem quite valid, some not valid, and many I just cannot tell because I'm not a mathematician. No matter, because even if every argument raised was conceeded by Dr. Ross, the validity of his principal arguments would be largely unchanged. They really add up to trivia in how they affect the overall argument.
I recommend reading all Dr. Ross's books and then read all of attempts to refute him. To explain the same phenomen, the secular scientific critics violate Occam's Razor constantly, asserting arguments so illogical that one cannot but help but feel embarassed for them. Thank you Dr. Ross for giving scientists a reason to stay excited about the wonders that nature and the universe hold for us all.