The Big Bang or the Bible - Why not both?
"Show Me God" is the book for those who are not physicists
or astronomers, but do want to know how today's science
aligns itself with current western religious thought. Many
books which cover topics from the very small (atoms and
smaller) to the impossibly huge (B)illions and (B)illions of
galaxies :) are a very difficult read. This one is
accessible to all. An added bonus is the section on the
history of science and how it was prompted by man's search
to know God's creation better. This easy reading book
covers these topics well.
Fred Heeren's main point is that the science available to
this generation points towards events that look very much
like the God of the Bible. An interesting read for the
religious and non-religious.
Science writer Fred Heeren delivers a thorough, yet concise and very readable, presentation of recent findings in astronomy and cosmology, interviewing Nobel laureates, several of the most prominent people in astrophysics and cosmology (Smoot, Jastrow) and theoretical physics (Guth, Hawking), and perusing the ideas of leading mathematical physicists (Penrose, Davies, Barrow). While it is a fascinating look at the current state of physical science, it is also a deeply thoughtful treatise on the spiritual implications of our emerging knowledge. We find ourselves in an amazing universe, carefully and "finely tuned" and as Smoot says "perfectly orchestrated" with unimaginable precision by a "super intellect" [Einstein's description]. A genuinely skeptical consideration of the attempts to 'explain' our existence within these impossible parameters in any mechanistic (materialistic) way (e.g. the anthropic principles) is found to be irrational, illogical, unscientific, "fundamental goofiness of human nature." "Many skeptics aren't skeptical enough. Most people who call themselves skeptics are really just skeptical about one side of an issue...", states Heeren. "Some of the world's greatest people of faith started out as the world's greatest skeptics ... Logic can lead us to the very threshold of faith, but then it is up to the human spirit to make a choice."
While many might accept that extensive evidence for an intelligently designed universe is best explained, in fact is only explained, by the very real existence of an Intelligent Designer, they often claim skepticism that the Designer is the personal God that Christians claim him to be. But is the idea of a disinterested Creator really logical? "What kind of God best explains the facts," asks Heeren. Can the care which we observe in the implementation of this universe be consistent with a Creator who doesn't care? This book is for the skeptic, for the scientist, for the honest agnostic, for the Christian believer, for the interested seeker of truth. "You aren't a real skeptic if you don't examine the evidence for yourself."