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Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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If you have been looking for a thoughtful, cogent and accessible counterpoint to the recent flurry of publications by the so-called New Atheists, you need look no further than Edgar Andrews "Who Made God?" Rather than offering an ad hoc response to the assertions made by Richard Dawkins and the like, Dr. Andrews instead asks us to consider a different way in to the conversation to approach belief in the biblical God as a thesis in and of itself, one that is worthy of our thoughtful consideration. He asks us to apply the methodology of hypothesis to the question of God to see how it fits and, in fact, it proves to fit remarkably well. With great clarity and rousing humour, Dr. Andrews applies the thesis of God to questions like the problem of time, the nature of humanity and the question of morality and demonstrates how belief in God has both simple elegance and far-reaching explanatory power. written. I appreciated the exposing of the reductionistic tendencies that atheists are forced to adopt, thus limiting their ability to conceive the wonder and beauty of the material universe. I also appreciated how unscientific science can be and how we should be wary of those who use/abuse the name of science to promote unscientific assumptions and conclusions. I really appreciated the explanation of quantum physics and how the author makes complex physics understandable and entertaining. This was one of my favorite chapters. I found helpful the author s delineations of the caricatures of God and the discussion on time was one of the most thought provoking sections. I found the connection between time and entropy fascinating. -- -- Rev. Abraham Cho, Fellowship Group Director, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York
In our increasingly multi-disciplinary world, we need those rare scholars who are able to combine the expertise of two different fields of study. Edgar Andrews possesses this ability, bringing together scientific and theological expertise to present a work that is both engaging and palatable. It is this synthesis that makes this book a very important and unique contribution to the larger arena of faith and science. This is not simply another book on Intelligent Design, nor is it a defence of Theistic Evolution. Who Made God? masterfully weaves a mature Christian theology with recent scientific findings to produce a nuanced and compelling argument that does not caricaturize either science or theology but maintains the integrity of both. The author s knowledgeable passion for both science and theology, coupled with a witty and playful writing style, makes the book a must read for those who question the intersection of science and Christianity. It has been a pleasure to read this book. I don't mean to sound overly flattering, but Dr Andrews has done the world a great service by adding this to our shelves. I am impressed by the way he has maintained the integrity of both science and theology, revealing comfort in both fields. I have been waiting for a book just like this to recommend to others one that I don t feel compromises theological or scientific integrity and truth. The God hypothesis will be unpalatable to many, but to those who have sincere questions this book will provide an invaluable apologetic. There is so much science and theology in the book and yet the writing style makes difficult and complex concepts accessible. While there were a few sections that were challenging to understand, the book as a whole is easy to read. -- David Kim, New York
Starting with the hypothesis of God, Professor Andrews sets out to demonstrate that the existence of the God of the Bible makes better sense of what we can actually learn from science than does atheism. On his way to this conclusion he also points out the scientific and logical inadequacies of evolutionism. He succeeds in doing so with a deceptively light touch but there is nothing lightweight about either his analysis or the rigour with which he pursues his case. This is apologetics at its best: immensely instructive for the Christian and utterly devastating for the atheist. -- Daniel Webber, European Missionary Fellowship
As a distinguished scientist, Professor Edgar Andrews is well qualified to counter the current outpouring of attempts to airbrush God out of existence -- and in this book he does so with intelligent and infectious enthusiasm. Richard Dawkins' The God delusion is an obvious target and he expertly dismantles its atheistic claims, reducing them to rubble with a lightness of touch I had never before come across in a book of this kind. Readers, with or without scientific backgrounds, are likely to find themselves turning the pages with smiles on their faces. I know of nothing quite like it. -- John Blanchard, author and lecturer
With vigorous panache and deft argument, Dr Andrews tackles one of the key issues of our times -- does God exist and why should we believe that he does? In a masterly combination of science and theology, he reveals the absurdity of the so-called `new atheism' and presents a solid case for Christian theism. Highly recommended. -- Prof. Michael Haykin, Southern Baptist theological Prof. M. Haykin, Southern Baptiist Theological Seminary
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Edgar Andrews is thought-provoking, witty, extremely readable, and ultimately devastating in his critique of evolutionary atheism. He demonstrates that a right understanding of the scientific enterprise poses no threat to biblical Christianity -- indeed, that the kind of world we live in is precisely what the biblical account of God and creation would lead us to expect.
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So far...I appreciate his writing style and humor. Complete review yet to be accomplished.
What I found most beneficial was Andrews' discussion of DNA and genetic mutation. Evolutionary theory (the worldview that has to see EVERYTHING through a Darwinian lens) is assumed as fact by many. Even if that is true, I would venture that most don't really understand how Evolution actually works (how natural selection has to work with genes already present, how mutations often DEVOLVE and are extraordinarily difficult to observe). People simply look at anything (behavior, etc.) and assume it to be somehow related to Natural Selection because Science validates that viewpoint and who are we to argue. It was nice to hear the discussion of Evolution from someone who doesn't necessarily see everything through the lens of Foregone Conclusion. Andrews poses worthwhile questions - with an admirable scientific ethos - about just HOW evolution can account for things like abstract thinking (Can ALL abstract concepts have evolutionary benefit? Why?) and every possible aspect of human identity behavior. The naturalist CAN'T see any other possible explanation for anything, which - as Andrews points out - seems as "unfalsifiable" as the theist who attributes everything to God. (For me, this has always been the most confusing aspect of the reductionist aspect of Evolution: if EVERYTHING we think and do is simply an evolutionary tool that, in and of itself, cannot be trusted as what we think it is, why on Earth do we think we can trust our thoughts about Evolution?)
Also, I will add a criticism of Andrews' endorsement of "dualism." He claims it is the proper way to view the material brain vs the metaphysical mind. While I understand his point, "dualism" is by no means Christian (his world view). The Dualism of Ancient Greece is, in fact, related to the Gnosticism denounced in I John. Basically, it holds that the physical world is evil and ONLY by rejecting it can we find the "special" spiritual knowledge of the metaphysical. This is close but not quite what Christians believe. The physical world is fallen and can be an impediment, but God plans on restoring it. Revelation describes heaven coming DOWN to Earth, ultimately. God plans to restore His physical creation, not destroy it. That's not dualism.
Also, I was interested to see CS Lewis cast as a theistic evolutionist. Lewis' quotation certainly sounds TE. It caught my attention primarily because I recently read Lewis' "Funeral of a Great Myth", which didn't seem TE in nature.
In short, an excellent read for many, including Christians wondering just how their viewpoint fits into a world that, basically, worships anything that has the endorsement of Science.
Most apologetics books rehash the same answers and arguments. Occasionally one brings some new insight, or at least a new way of explaining the answers such that it sparks new thought. This is that book.
Fun to read, because the author clearly does not take himself too seriously (he utilizes the English cartoon character `Sooty' in one of his explanations for heavens sake!) yet attacks these serious subjects head on with wit and charm. Yet he shows no mercy to the tired attacks on Christianity of the `new atheists' vis-à-vis physics, miracles, natural law, an immoral God, etc.
One of those supposed argument-ending-money-maker lines of the `skeptic' is always "You say God made everything? Well then tell me who made God?" Andrews spends 278 pages of text and 12 pages of supporting documentation explaining why this is an incoherent question, akin to `Have you stopped beating your wife?' or `how long is string?', and how the answer is evident via a serious analysis of the facts of nature, readily available.
The central thesis of the book is a presentation of the difference between a proof arrived by syllogism, and the preferred and beautiful approach of making a hypothesis and then examining the facts that support it (yes - he is indeed using the Scientific Method to confirm the existence of God!)
This book answers the question with no stone unturned. It's a wonderful primer - a little bit logic, a little bit physics, a little bit philosophy. He makes sure that we don't allow the `new atheists' to get away with phrasing the issues in an incorrect manner, and that we answer the right questions. In doing so, he knocks down fantasy pseudo-sciences such as imaginary time and cyclic universes. He also brilliantly shows why the worn-out complaint of the `God of the gaps', an impotent God (of open theology), a Deistic God, and a Universalist God is NOT the God he is referring to.
The hypothesis Andrews seeks out to prove is status simply: "The God of the Bible exists". He then proceeds to "seek to demonstrate that this hypothesis explains human observation and experience far better than atheism or even science can ever do..." He proves the hypothesis by examining observations in the areas of: Cosmic Origins, the existence and manner of Time, Natural and communal Law, Miracles, Information Theory, the Origin of Life, Abiogenesis, Evolution, and Morality.
Here is an example, regarding miracles, of his unique prose and thought, of which are found throughout...
"C.S. Lewis has a clearer view of the miraculous, pointing out that if a non-material (or spiritual) realm exists at all, there must of necessity be an interface between this realm and the natural world - as a shoreline marks the interface between land and sea. And just as the sea may sometimes flood across that interface and invade the land, so the spiritual may from time to time invade the physical world."
I did have only a few areas of fuss with Andrews - I think he discounts Intelligent Design too quickly, and I think he may have mischaracterized Behe's position on Evolution - but those are easily overlooked in whole.
Too many apologetics books are re-hashed information and arguments - this is not one of those books. This is the kind of book that makes me want to read more of Andrews, and actually write a review recommending him!