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The author began his exploratory journey with a set of questions that needed to be answered. Do any of the world's religious scriptures reveal information that has parallels in scientific discovery? Do any of the world's religious scriptures offer specific prophesies that have unfolded in recorded history? And lastly, did any of the world's religious scriptures provide a blueprint for living that could drastically change one's life from the inside out? As he sought answers to these questions, he discovered an overwhelming amount of supporting evidence, but it came with a catch: it all pointed in one decisive direction.
KELLY RYAN HARRIGER lives in Pennsylvania. He spent most of his working career in Los Angeles, California, as a professional writer in the world of advertising, marketing and entertainment before returning to his boyhood home in Pennsylvania, where he now works as a marketing and advertising consultant for small businesses and non-profit groups.
Posted July 15, 2009
GOD: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY provides a refreshing new take on the harmony between science and theology, as well as the amazing parallels between Biblical prophecy and recorded human history. According to the author, the goal of the book is provide abundant quality evidence for the Judeo-Christian faith, and it succeeds very well in doing that. The author's intent isn't to denigrate other faith choices, but simply to show that by using a broad-ranging set of criteria to examine the world's faiths, only one faith tradition can stand up to the demands of the criteria. It may be an unpopular conclusion to some who feel that all faith traditions can be viewed as viable paths to God, but according to the author, if you're seeking to uncover the true mind of God, the Judeo-Christian tradition appears to provide the best evidence for it's claim to be the revealed word of God.
The two chapters dealing with scientific discovery approach the subject from a Thomist point of view, that science and faith are two branches growing from the same root, and therefore cannot contradict one another, no matter how far removed. The author supports the old-earth view of Creation, and presents surprising parallels between Genesis and the hard factual data found in the scientific account. Genesis, when studied in the original Hebrew, provides a far broader interpretation than many fundamentalists or literalist are comfortable with, yet it also "opens up" the Creation story for a far more scientifically compatible interpretation. Those who insist on a strict literal interpretation of Genesis may struggle with these chapters, but it should be a healthy struggle, as they open doors to a better understanding of the harmony between science and scripture.
The fourth chapter, dealing with the mind, is possibly the most intriguing. Rarely has a book presented such a fresh take on the naturalism vs. God debate. The author suggest that if the naturalist believes that matter and energy are all that exists and there is no God, then everything, including our very thoughts, are nothing more than fractal expressions of matter and energy...they cannot be anything more than this. If this is true, then how can we insist that a collection of matter and energy (such as our brain) can produce actions that exceed fractal expressions of matter? And furthermore, why should we be held responsible for actions driven by our brains, as these actions are simply the result of matter and energy obeying the physical laws that govern them?
The remainder of the book deals with the nature of Heaven and Hell, and how western doctrine has marginalized the original understanding of Christ's mission, and also deals with the experiential evidence we can discover as we seek to better understand the nature of God. Although there are many, many books out there dealing with the same subjects covered in this book, you will find a very fresh take on them here. It provides skeptics and fence-sitters with a surprising and inviting new way to look at the Judeo-Christian tradition, and also provides a surprising and intriguing amount of quality evidence to suggest that God did in fact reveal His plan through a carefully chosen channel of information...the Jewish prophets first, and later through Christ and the Apostles.