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A fascinating read worthy of careful study. He presents his personal convictions and supports them with carefully crafted argument--Dr. Marlan O. Scully, Burgess distinquished Professor, Taxas A & M University and Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

It is not often I read a book with which I find so much accord--Dr. Phillip Skell, Evan Pugh Emeritus Professor Pennsylvania State University, Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Henry Scaefer is arguably among the top twenty living research chemists in the world. He is also a deeply committed Christian--Professor Robert Vergenz, Department of Chemistry and Physics, University of North Florida

Because of the philosophical pronouncements of some scientists and non-scientists, many people today assume that this is conflict between science and Christianity. But the eminent physical chemist and Christian Henry Schaefer shows in Science and Christianity: Conflic and Coherence? that there need be no conflict. This delightful set of essays, arising out of lectures that Professor Schaefer has delivered at hundreds of leading academic institutions around the world, answers many questions that people have about the relationship between science and Christianity and also gives examples of many leading scientist that are Chyristains--Dr. Don Page, Professor of Physics, University of Alberta and long time collaborator with Stephen Hawking

This book is a great testimony to God's power in a scientist's life--Dr. Christopher W. Macosko, Professor of Materials Science, University of Minnesota and Member, National Academy of Engineering

Professor Schaefer makes a lucid and persuasive case for why it is 'natural' for a natural scientist to believe in God--Dr. Robert Kaita, Principal Research Physicist, Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University

These are just the sorts of things that the science and faith discussion most needs. And they go to make up a powerful and helpful book of Christianty apologetic that I can heartily recommend--Professor Ian Hutchinson, Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Book of the Week -- ChristianityToday, 2/23/04 On Thursday, March 4, 2004, Professor Schaefer lectures at Princeton University on "The Big bang, Stephen Hawkins, and God." -- Princeton University, The Templeton Lecture, 3/4/04 This is a great book by one of the Christian world's premier thinkers and one of America's eminent scientists -- Charles W. Colson, BreakPoint.org, January 5, 2004 This is a highly recommended read for both Christians and non-Christians. -- Dr. J. Terence Morrison, University Faculty Newsletter, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, October, 2003 This is one of those rare books that combines solid substance with understandable style, spiced with humor. --Dr. David Fisher, Editor, Newsletter of the American Scientific Affliation, September, 2003

On Thursday, March 4, 2004, Professor Schaefer lectures at Princeton University on "The Big bang, Stephen Hawkins, and God." -- Princeton University, The Templeton Lecture, 3/4/04

This is a great book by one of the Christian world's premier thinkers and one of America's eminent scientists -- Charles W. Colson, BreakPoint.org, January 5, 2004

This is a highly recommended read for both Christians and non-Christians. -- Dr. J. Terence Morrison, University Faculty Newsletter, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, October, 2003

This is one of those rare books that combines solid substance with understandable style, spiced with humor. -- Dr. David Fisher, Editor, Newsletter of the American Scientific Affliation, September, 2003

About the Author

Schaefer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, educated in Syracuse, New York, Menlo Park, California and East Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his B.S. degree in chemical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. His Ph.D. degree was earned in chemical physics at Sanford University in 1969.His first professorship was at the University of California, Berkley from 1969 to 1987. He later taught at the University of Texas, Austin. In 1987, he came to the University of Georgia as the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry. Over a thousand of his scientific articles have appeared in academic journals. He has received the Alexander von Humboldt Award, and the Peter Debye Award. He has spoken to an estimated 350 university audiences around the world. According to The Thomson Reuters web of Science indicates his work has been cited more than 57,000 times. For period 1981-1997, he was the sixth most highly cited chemist in the world, out of a total of 628,000 chemists whose research was referenced. More than a hundred students have earned their Ph.D. degree from him.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The Apollos Trust; 2nd Edition, with Additions, April, 2016 edition (April 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097429750X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974297507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Department of Chemistry and Physics
University of North Florida
Dr. Henry Schaefer is arguably among the top twenty living research chemists in the world in the influence of his work on chemistry. His research specialty is the same as mine, quantum chemistry. He is also a deeply committed thinking Christian. He is therefore ideally suited to address his subject. This book belies the common misconception that there is a conflict between the revelation of Christianity and the results of science. To be sure, there are sharp exchanges when Christians confuse the roles of religion and science, or when prominent and outspoken scientists pontificate about religion. The book deals with the specific claims of a few prominent scientist critics of Christianity. It also convincingly shows that by and large the people who know science best, those who do it professionally, have "the same range of attitudes about religious matters as does the general public." The book provides a veritable "who's who" of prominent scientists, past and present, who claim Christ as Lord. Dr. Schaefer addresses the most frequent general questions related to belief in God, as seen from the perspective of a scientist. He also addresses specific issues in scientific areas that overlap significantly with his specialized expertise: quantum mechanics, cosmology and the chemistry of the origin of life. Although the book is intellectually satisfying, it is not merely intellectual. Dr. Schaefer ends the book by describing his personal journey discovering Christ in the midst of a meteoric scientific career, and outlines the Christian revelation as it has found a home in his life. Though I do not agree with him in every detail, I recommend this excellent book to anyone interested in science or in Christianity, and who desires to integrate knowledge from these important streams of thought in modern society.
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Dr. Schaefer's book is a well written book that covers many of the questions people have about the supposed conflicts of science with Christianity. Dr. Schaefer's credentials in the scientific community are well known and respected worldwide, making him a heavy-weight within that community. He shows magnificently how science and Christianity both uphold and point to certain truths that can't be denied. For those of the Christian faith, this book will bolster their faith, as Dr. Schaefer points out that many current and famous scientists were sincere, dedicated believers.For those that deny a creator of the universe, recent scientific discoveries mentioned in the book, make that a very hard position to adhere to.
Topics range from the creation of the universe to problems of the Theory of Evolution. His voice of reason also proclaims the truth found only in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Schaefer has spoken at almost every major university in existence today, and is a brilliant and humorous man. The chapters of his book are a culmination of years of personal reflection and experience, coupled with his faith in Christ.
This book is a wonderful voice of truth in a time when truth needs to be heard. Science and Christianity have a rich history together, and there is no conflict. Dr. Schaefer's book was worth every penny and I look forward to his next book, which I hope he writes someday.
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Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence does an excellent job of pulling together a history of the thinking of a large number of scientists over the several centuries of modern science regarding the underlying belief systems that motivated their pursuits.
Dr. Schaefer also offers quick, concise answers to many questions people ask about the assumed conflict between true science and the Christian faith, and does so without being trite or simplistic.
Even those with a casual interest in the biological and physical sciences will recognize names of great men of science but they probably have never read about how their beliefs spurred them on in their research. Even in an age where we are more self-conscious about connecting the people to their scientific discoveries, books rarely delve into their personal lives.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious to learn about the real coherence between true science and a life-commitment to Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah sent to us by God.
William Bordeaux, D.A.
Professor of Chemistry
Huntington College
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The best kept secret of science is how strongly it points towards a creator and dovetails with Christianity. In this marvelously lucid book, the eminent physical chemist Henry Schaefer unfolds the secret.
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Schaefer has written an honest and highly personal account which shows that it IS possible to be a devout Christian AND an excellent scientist. To his credit, and unlike other books with similar purposes, he does not try to bully or trick the reader into agreement. Instead he presents his case and objectively and leaves it to the reader to judge for him/herself. This book will interest non-Christians looking for insight into how a Christian scientist reconciles reason and religion. It should be mandatory reading for Christian students considering a career in academic science, especially those who perceive that they must choose between the academy and the Church. Schaefer makes it clear that there is a mission to the academy which the Church has been neglecting for some time. There is a need for more Christians who are scientific leaders. This book will surely entertain and enlighten, but more importantly Schaefer's conviction will inspire Christians and non-Christians alike.
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