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Why the Universe Is the Way It Is Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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An integration of biblical theology and science is sorely needed, since most skeptics assume that God created the universe just as a nice place in which human beings could live. Such misunderstandings often lead to objections to the way the universe was designed, when a proper understanding of theology explains the "why" of the characteristics that make up the universe.
Included in the why questions are Why is the universe 1) so large, 2) so old, 3) so dark, 4) so entropic, etc. Probably the most asked question is why didn't God create a perfect universe now. The Bible provides at least 11 main reasons why the universe was created the way it was before God creates the perfect new creation.
Hugh Ross' latest book is an excellent integration of biblical theology with the latest scientific evidence that supports the Christian worldview and the Bible as God's revelation to humanity. It also provides answers to common skeptical questions and complaints. The book is not overly technical (but does contain endnotes for those who want additional detail), so it is recommended for all those interested in science and the Christian faith.
There are still many unanswered questions (just one example: if a human life-time is meant to teach us about love and moral choices, what does the dead child, the still-born and the brain-damaged learn?)
All in all though, he's piqued my interest (what no philosopher has managed to do - because this guy's a scientist!) and I can recommend this to people hurtling through middle-age and the twilight years, worried about merging with the other atoms and disappearing from the world. The young and the evil can afford to be sarcastic and dismissive about this stuff until the horror comes to them later.
When it comes to the universe, we often ask many why questions:
- Why does it has the properties that it has?
- Why it is so vast?
- Why did it come into existence?
- Why is it so old?
- Why does it appear that we are alone?
- Why is the something instead of something?
- Why am I here?
In the book, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is, by Hugh Ross, some of these questions are addressed. Dr. Ross is the founder of Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization that holds the Bible to be true while not rejecting the valid scientific observations of the natural universe. While the book covers many scientific topics, its main focus is framing these topics within a Christian worldview, specifically RTB's testable creation model.
The chapters are arranged by "Why" questions, discussing why a Creator might have created a universe with these characteristics. A couple of the more interesting questions concern whether or not we live in a perfect universe or if the Garden in Eden was a perfect paradise. Is this universe design for human pleasure, or is there a higher meaning and purpose? Is this universe all there is and is this cosmos doomed to eventually decay and die? What is the ultimate destiny of the universe and humanity? All these questions, and more, are addressed.
I don't recommend this book for those who are not open to thinking about "Why" questions. However, for those that want to discover meaning in life and beyond, I recommend this book.
This is a "must-have" for any Christian apologist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most convincing arguments for a created universe I've ever heard/read! You may not believe in the same God I believe in, but after reading this book you'll have... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Ted C.
I had high expectations for this book, but gradually beca,e disappointed. God is creator, which different from designer. The Bible is a story that makes history. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I marvel at Dr. Ross's intelligence and explanations of the universe and all life forms in it. He is certainly a genius.Published 22 days ago by RDeem
This book is amazing! Although a bit on the technical side in some places, it is written so that the evidence for a created universe is clear. I could not put this book down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judith P Fabisch
It gives details about our existence and how it plays a role in our lives. Additionally you gain a perspective of our relevancy.Published 1 month ago by Marlon Mitchell
I do not know the intended audience for this book, but so far I am finding this tedious reading. I know little about astronomy, and that might be a detriment, so the material... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D Runner