The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom Paperback – Illustrated, June 16, 2009
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"Schroeder offers fresh evidence for the eternal argument that science and religion, matter and spirit, need not be seen as conflicting or mutually exclusive." -- Publishers Weekly
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- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439129584
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439129586
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches
- Publisher : Free Press; Illustrated edition (June 16, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first half of the book is extremely useful bringing physics and statistics into alignment with the Bible. The science is "high" enough to make the case without being impossible to follow. It is fresh and very useful. However, the second half of the book begins to veer into scientific and theological stretching which gets less and less plausible. His argument that the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle is the basis for human free will is a bit much. In dealing with the origins of good and evil, he asserts "sin is not something with which we are endowed ..." which negates the solidly established theology of Original Sin from Adam and Eve.
His recitation of the anthropic design of the universe is really good. For anyone who has not considered how fine tuned the universe is for life, particularly life on earth, it will be breathtaking. His explanation of "why the dinosaurs" is characteristically unique. It might not settle the questions, but it does offer some clues.
In all, the book is informative and insightful. He leans heavily on science and the kabala theological writings. I found the latter to be most interesting because I've never encountered it previously. Get the book. Decide for yourself, if just for the first half of the book.
In the second half of the book the author turns toward various philosophic and theological issues. Some of this material is stunning, e.g. an account (using modern science and mathematics) designed to demonstrate the fitness of earth and the cosmos in which it resides to support life and human habitation. Note that this is an old argument but one that achieves far greater strength when modern scientific tools are applied and the almost inconceivable odds of earth's 'working' are calculated.
There are other areas that are more dubious, e.g. the claim that Heisenbergian uncertainty undergirds the notion of free will. The account of the problem of evil is interesting, but all too brief. The author's answer is Milton's (though it is not attributed to him). The account of the flood is interesting, but it fails to take into account the wonderful work of William Ryan & Walter Pitman (not available when THE SCIENCE OF GOD was written, but available for nearly a decade when this edition of the book was reissued).
Bottom line: a marvelous account of the manner in which modern science supports the biblical account of creation, combined with some other, interesting reflections on matters of considerable importance. The science and mathematics are made as clear as they could be, but they will still be very challenging for non-scientists.
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Scientists tend to suffer from the latter, but alas most Christians suffer from both.
Scientists please read this book and realise that evolution nor the big bang neither 'prove' nor 'disprove' the existance of God - in fact bothe theories are actually revealed in Genesis!
And Christians, please read this book and stop all this demonic "creationism" nonsense - it's not scriptural!