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The Wonder of the Universe: Hints of God in Our Fine-Tuned World Paperback – March 14, 2012
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"The Wonder of the Universe is written in a style easily accessible to a broad audience. Avoiding the extremes of too much science jargon or sidestepping the science altogether, Giberson explains his scientific arguments in terms and examples that engage both scientist and layperson alike. He weaves a rich tapestry of the history of science, scientific discoveries and the many great―albeit sometimes quirky―minds of groundbreaking scientists themselves. Observing the remarkable lawful order and suitability for life we find in our universe, Giberson explores the fine-tuning 'problem' and cautions his readers not to simplify the debate between the competing explanations of the multiverse hypothesis versus purposeful design as merely science versus religion. He comments on the shortcomings of science when it comes to questions of meaning and purpose, and asserts that while evidence for fine-tuning in nature does not prove God's existence, it 'fits comfortably, supportively and logically' within a belief system holding God as Creator. This book is a very well-written, thought-provoking and enjoyable read." (Leslie Wickman, Center for Research in Science, Azusa Pacific University)
"Giberson lays out the case that the universe is 'wonderful, surprising and provocatively friendly to life' in an appealing and readable way. This book will be a welcome addition to the library of books on science and faith, one in which the reader is encouraged to see scientific advances as 'encouragements to faith, rather than challenges.' Individuals, churches and student groups will find it helpful." (Dorothy Boorse, professor of biology, Gordon College)
"In The Wonder of the Universe, Karl Giberson takes us on a delightful journey through space and time, offering enlightening insights into key historical events that shaped our understanding of the universe with glimpses of the wonder and glory of our Creator." (Randy Isaac, American Scientific Affiliation)
"Readers looking for a clear, accurate and interesting account of modern cosmology and the religious questions it raises should buy this book." (Edward B. Davis, professor of the history of science, Messiah College)
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Such a thin understanding of science is, it now seems to me, a hindrance to ministry in the modern world. While the most enduring objections to Christianity--the problem of evil, for example--do not arise from scientific inquiry, the most interesting ones today do: the origins of the universe (Big Bang cosmology) and the origin of the species (biological evolution). According to the so-called New Atheists, scientific explanations have displaced theological ones, so that God is a "failed hypothesis," as the subtitle of a book by Victor J. Stenger puts it.
One response to the scientific critique of Christian belief is simply to reject the science. This is the strategy of Young Earth Creationism and the Intelligent Design Movement, both of which reject biological evolution, although they disagree on cosmological issues such as the age of the universe and the Big Bang. These two responses are very prominent within North American Pentecostalism and evangelicalism.
Another response--more commonly found among Christian academics and professional scientists than among laypeople--is to accept the scientific consensus on cosmology and biology but to reject the atheistic inference. This is the strategy of Karl W. Giberson in his new book, The Wonder of the Universe.Read more ›
The book is divided into two parts. Part One deals with the Book of Nature as many have called it. What does science look like and how has it aided us in our understanding of the physical world? It is a valid method of looking at the physical world? Does science continuously change? These are some of the questions that Giberson is taking up in the first several chapters. One of the more important points in this part, and it is one subtly repeating in the next part, is that science is in the habit of making predictions that will many times turn out to be true (Neptune is given as an example in the book, but today we should also not the Higgs boson). Giberson is writing to the lay person, a student with no background in physics or the higher sciences, and it is this lay person who more often than not is confused about the basic method of science. Giberson induces us to the Bacon method of inductive reasoning rather than the syllogistic route of Aristotle and many Christians today. It doesn't take much to understand that science and philosophy (of which theology is a subset) arrive at truth, at different types of truth, in different ways.Read more ›
The second half of the book looks at the argument of design in the universe. Giberson does this very well. He is both a scientist and a Christian but he does not make exaggerated claims either way but seeks to navigate a very sensible, logical process. He writes "I have tried in this book to be cautious but not timid in drawing connections between the wonder of the world and belief in God. I don't think the profound character of mathematics proves that God exists. But I do think it makes belief in a reality that transcends the physical world entirely reasonable and, I would argue, necessary."
Giberson is not a theologian trying to find a theology - but a scientist who obviously loves science and the process of discovering information, looking at the process of science through the lens of a believer in God.
I have a non-existent background in science - but I found this book more than just readable, but enjoyable as well as informative.
I highly recommend this book!!!
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A serious minded look by a 'Christian evolutionist who looks at the universe as a physicist--some chapters are way too deep for the simple Some amazing facts and two chapters... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike
To think "fine tuning" can be proved or disproved by reference to science is nonsense. The whole idea of "tuning" is senseless , and something senseless is neither right or... Read morePublished 19 months ago by SteveT
This is a powerful, thought provoking and most convincing book. Once you realize that all the physical laws of the Universe are "just right" for the existence of life, and... Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by Conrad
I have been reading many books on fine-tuning from both theistic and atheistic viewpoints. I would say that this book provides a good overview but limited depth of the fine tuning... Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by Robert Veale
Many of us believe that our world and universe came to us from the mind and hands of a benevolent Creator. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Paul A. Theriault