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The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom
Gerald L. Schroeder
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Uniting staunchly opposed viewpoints into one groundbreaking new perspective, this startling and timely work illuminates the complete interdependence between Biblical reports and modern scientific discoveries. Comparing key events from the Old Testament with the most current findings of biochemists, paleontologists, and physicists, Gerald Schroeder resolves age-old debates about miracles, the origins of the universe, the first life on Earth, and the meaning of free will. Through thoughtful, engaging discussions—-even using Einstein's theory of relativity to validate a six-day creation timetable—The Science of God ultimately proves both Darwin and creationists right.
Schroeder is an Israeli physicist and scholar of Genesis who maintains that a properly understood Bible and a properly understood science provide consistent sets of data. In recent decades, scientific discoveries in cosmology, paleontology and quantum physics do not demonstrate or prove the activity of God, but they do remove conflict with that activity. Rapprochement occurs with believers read the Bible on the Bible's terms avoiding literalism and when scientists realize that science is powerless in pronounce on a purpose for life. Schroeder is very lucid in explaining difficult scientific concepts such as the passage of time according to the theory of relativity and religious data, such as the original Hebrew words. Schroeder's careful and responsible handling of the data on origins from science and Genesis One, combined with a fresh, judicious correlation between the two, is compelling. Highly recommended.
—Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
I found "The Science Of God" a fascinating and crucial book for anyone interested in science and/or religion in modern times. The Science Of God, written by a scientist with impeccable credentials, confirms that science is not only not at war with religion but rather can help lead the thinking and seeking individual to a greater appreciation of the Divine.
—Shlomo Riskin, Chief rabbi, Efrat Israel
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About the Author
Gerald L. Schroeder is the author of Genesis and the Big Bang and The Science of God. He earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to laboratories at the Weizmann Institute, the Hebrew University, and the Volcani Research Institute in Israel. His work has been reported in Time, Newsweek, Scientific American, and in leading newspapers around the world. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Prologue: A Colleague Turns Sixty
1. Has Science Replaced the Bible? The Great Debate
2. The New Convergence: Science, Scientists, and the Bible
3. The Age of Our Universe: Six Days and Fifteen Billion Years
4. The Six Days of Genesis
5. The Nature of God: Biblical Expectations for an Infinite yet Immanent Creator
6. Life: Its Origins and Its Evolution
7. Evolution: Statistics Versus Random Mutations
8. The Watchmaker and the Watch
9. The Origin of Humankind
10. The Science of Free Will
11. Why Bad (and Good) Things Happen
12. Bread from Earth: A Universe Tuned for Life
Epilogue: Well, What About Dinosaurs?
a. Cosmic Background Radiation (CBR) as a Universal Clock
b. Problems in Estimating the Age of the Universe
c. The Logic of Having a Biblical Calendar
d. The Long Life Spans at the Time of Adam and Eve
e. Genesis Day Three
f. The Flood at the Time of Noah
Index of Biblical References
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