The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom

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In The Science of God, distinguished physicist and biblical scholar Gerald Schroeder compares key events from the Old Testament with the most current findings of biochemists, paleontologists, and physicists, arguing that the latest science and a close reading of the Bible are not just compatible but interdependent. In the vein of Francis Collins's The Language of God, The Science of God explores how religious belief is enhanced by an open-eyed investigation of the world and how honest science must be humble in ...

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Overview

In The Science of God, distinguished physicist and biblical scholar Gerald Schroeder compares key events from the Old Testament with the most current findings of biochemists, paleontologists, and physicists, arguing that the latest science and a close reading of the Bible are not just compatible but interdependent. In the vein of Francis Collins's The Language of God, The Science of God explores how religious belief is enhanced by an open-eyed investigation of the world and how honest science must be humble in the face of life's extraordinary richness. Schroeder's is an important voice in the raging debate between science and religion, and his insights into miracles, the origins of the universe, the origins of life on Earth, and the meaning of free will make The Science of God more relevant than ever.

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Schroeder (Genesis and the Big Bang, LJ 9/15/90) 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 when believers read the Bible on the Bible's terms, avoiding literalism, and when scientists realize that science is powerless to 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 1, combined with a fresh, judicious correlation between the two, is compelling. Highly recommended.Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
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"This engaging and humane book advances the dialogue beyond the clichés and stereotypes of which both scientists and religious believers have been guilty." — Washington Post

"Schroeder offers fresh evidence for the eternal argument that science and religion, matter and spirit, need not be seen as conflicting or mutually exclusive." — Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684837369
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald L. Schroeder is the author of The Hidden Face of God, The Science of God, and Genesis and the Big Bang. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.

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Table of Contents

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Prologue: A Colleague Turns Sixty
1 Has Science Replaced the Bible? The Great Debate 1
2 The New Convergence: Science, Scientists, and the Bible 20
3 The Age of Our Universe: Six Days and Fifteen Billion Years 41
4 The Six Days of Genesis 60
5 The Nature of God: Biblical Expectations for an Infinite yet Immanent Creator 72
6 Life: Its Origins and Its Evolution 83
7 Evolution: Statistics Versus Random Mutations 101
8 The Watchmaker and the Watch 115
9 The Origin of Humankind 125
10 The Science of Free Will 146
11 Why Bad (and Good) Things Happen 166
12 Bread from Earth: A Universe Tuned for Life 176
Epilogue: Well, What About Dinosaurs? 191
App. a Cosmic Background Radiation (CBR) as a Universal Clock
App. b Problems in Estimating the Age of the Universe
App. c The Logic of Having a Biblical Calendar
App. d The Long Life Spans at the Time of Adam and Eve
App. e Genesis Day Three
App. f The Flood at the Time of Noah
Notes 207
Acknowledgments 217
Index of Biblical References 219
General Index 221
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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    For the past few years I have attempted to keep up with the popular anti-god and pro-God literature. Having consumed such works as The God Delusion, Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion,God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace and numerous works by Bart Ehrman; I balanced this with the The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ, Greater Than You Think: A Theologian Answers the Atheists About God, Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God and several works by C.S. Lewis includingMere Christianity.

    After settling back to digest all of this reading, my instinct would say the atheist are slightly ahead in the race. With the reintroduction of this 1997 book, the spiritual minded can now pull ahead albeit ever so slightly.

    Gerald Schroeder's grasp of both science and biblical scholarship is unique and much needed in this ongoing ancient debate. Schroeder's brilliant cleaving into varied topics that have divided religion and science show that modern laboratories and theoretical physics are compatible (and even interdependent!) with our understanding of God and his complex creation.

    His explanation of the actual time frame involving the six days of creation, statistics and evolution and his views on free will are all very believable renderings of "how" and "why". It is strange to see both questions answered in the same book. I also greatly appreciated the author's knowledge and application of ancient Hebrew. Knowing the real meaning and intent of this ancient writing greatly assists in grasping the full understanding.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    Awfully good

    As a degreed (by but non-practicing) physicist, I was just amazed. The premise of the book starts with Maimonides' assertion that there's no natural conflict between properly understood science and properly understood religion: if your science and religious beliefs are at odds, then you just don't have one (or both) right. From this, he shows how Einstein and Lorentz give us the equations (which he invites you to skip if you don't have a degree in Physics, but he does use them correctly) and concepts to understand both the biblical and scientific accounts in light of each other, with each shedding light on the other. Some may be put off by his choice to cite mostly medieval religious sources and modern scientific ones, to avoid being accused of choosing 'modern' religious sources informed by science, but I found it most illuminating. Note: Other reviews have said that he has equal credentials in both religion and science; this is untrue: he has a degree and is on the Physics faculty in Israel and at Georgia Tech, and he has no similar religious qualifications, although he is widely knowledgeable in and highly respectful of the traditional texts. He is simply a believer and a scientist. (I heard him speak once, which I recommend even more highly than the book.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    The best on this subject

    Have read many other works on this subject but this is the 'bible' on science and religion. Have used this as reference material to assist in lesson plans for teaching youth. Gerald Schroeder will stimulate you to learn more....his writing makes me read the bible with a more analytical mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Should be required reading for everyone.

    The critics will do their best to find errors in this book, but the big picture can't be ignored. Take a look at a human anatomy chart - Can any intelligent person honestly say this evolved from rocks and water over millions of years? Could one original simple life form branch out into everything from earthworms to human beings? How does a spider know how to build a web, a bird a nest, a beaver a dam? Before blood clotting evolved did everything bleed to death? Eventually, sceince will reveal the truth about God and Creation. I also recommend 'The Hidden Face of God' by Schroeder, which I liked even better than this book. It takes more 'faith' to believe in life happening by pure chance and evolution than it does to believe in creation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    Science and Religion - All combined in this great book!

    This book has so many words to describe it. I have a big interest in science so I decided to buy this book and I would read it again if I could, but I would definitely refer it to a friend. This definitely earns more stars than 5.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    EXCELLENT!

    This is such an amazing book! Schoeder uses such a wonderfully large selection of sources (very well documented) and just really clearly & completely explains his topics!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    Can't I give this book six stars?

    There are no words to describe the brilliance of Gerald L. Schroeder. If you only read one book in your entire lifetime, read this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    For those who are both scientifically, particularly in my case a

    For those who are both scientifically, particularly in my case a physicist, and who also are gifted with an in-depth scientific knowledge this book, for the religious as well as the secular non-believer, is a most enlightening as well as educational review of how the God created the universe in 6 non-relativistic days. It is also confirmed by the Bible in the latter part of the 4th chapter of Genesis when it is stated that God would give to his creation, man, a life span of ~120 years, whereas in David's Psalms 90:10 it says God will give us 70 to 80 years on the outside. When these two numbers are plugged into Einstein's Time dilation equation, you realize that at the time of Adam and Eve, the Universe had slowed in its expansion from its big bang to about 3/4ths the speed of light, "c". This book is a must read for anyone claiming to be atheistic in the slightest. Allen Reeves, May 27, 2013

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    Posted June 3, 2012

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    BAD WORDS ALL FULL OF HE DOUBBLE HOCKY STICK NOT IN GOOD WAYS!!!!! ITS SAYING YOUR BAD!!!!!
    just kidin! Love it!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This book is enlightening and very interesting. After reading this book you may end up believing that there is a deity somewhere and that the five books of Moses might actually be true.

    Book is well written and awe inspiring.

    c

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    Gerald is Genius -a 14-year-old 8th grader

    The best book I have ever read! It will keep you going and will spark a thrist for more knowlegde on this subject. Words can not descirbe how wonderful this book really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    Outstanding

    I loved this book. The first time I pick it up I could not put it away. I have recommend this book to my co-workers and classmates and most of them enjoyed it.I liked this book because it didnt support just one side but advised persons to bring both sides together.

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