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

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

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by Gerald L. Schroeder
 

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For the readers of The Language of God, another instant classic from "a sophisticated and original scholar" (Kirkus Reviews) that disputes the idea that science is contrary to religion.

In The Science of God, distinguished physicist and Biblical scholar Gerald L. Schroeder demonstrates the surprising parallels between a variety of Biblical

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For the readers of The Language of God, another instant classic from "a sophisticated and original scholar" (Kirkus Reviews) that disputes the idea that science is contrary to religion.

In The Science of God, distinguished physicist and Biblical scholar Gerald L. Schroeder demonstrates the surprising parallels between a variety of Biblical teachings and the findings of biochemists, paleontologists, astrophysicists, and quantum physicists. In a brilliant and wide-ranging discussion of key topics that have divided science and religion—free will, the development of the universe, the origin of life, and the origin of man—Schroeder argues that the latest science and a close reading of the Bible are not just compatible but interdependent.

This timely reissue of The Science of God features a brand-new preface by Schroeder and a compelling appendix that addresses the highly publicized experiment in 2008 in which scientists attempted to re-create the chemical composition of the cosmos immediately after the Big Bang. It also details Schroeder’s lucid explanations of complex scientific and religious concepts, such as the theory of relativity, the passage of time, and the definitions of crucial Hebrew words in the Bible. Religious skeptics, Biblical literalists, scientists, students, and physicists alike will be riveted by Schroeder’s remarkable contribution to the raging debate between science and religion.

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Library Journal
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
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439135969
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
220,259
File size:
709 KB

Meet the Author

The author of The Hidden Face of God and Genesis and the Big Bang, Gerald L. Schroeder is an applied theologian with undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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.

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Science of God 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
DBDGA More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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Amazing book
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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