Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God

Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God

by Kitty Ferguson
     
 

In The Fire in the Equations, popular science writer Kitty Ferguson brings to life age-old questions in a lively and informative way. She makes complicated physics and biology theories understandable, and describes new ways of seeing how God may interact with the world, as seen in light of these discoveries. She even raises such questions as "how God might answer… See more details below

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In The Fire in the Equations, popular science writer Kitty Ferguson brings to life age-old questions in a lively and informative way. She makes complicated physics and biology theories understandable, and describes new ways of seeing how God may interact with the world, as seen in light of these discoveries. She even raises such questions as "how God might answer prayers" from the point of view of physics. In taking the reader through a world of paradoxes and improbabilities, she seeks to establish a dialog between people of faith and people of science. "What we know about science," Ferguson states, "doesn't necessarily make God inevitable, but doesn't rule God out either."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802838056
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/14/1995
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
A Word about Inclusive Languagexiv
Acknowledgementsxv
1'They Buried Him in Westminster Abbey'1
2Seeing Things4
Is the rational universe an illusion?12
'In Nature's infinite book of mysteries ...' can we read very much at all?19
Is objective reality a mirage?25
Are we really free agents?30
Is the universe a uni-verse?33
3Almost Objective35
Where is fancy bred?37
The spectacles-behind-the-eyes44
The muse of science: Is truth beautiful?59
Does truth surpass proof?63
The elite of science66
The spirit of the times69
The essential Godlessness of science73
At the limits of scientific truth78
First steps beyond the mind's-eye view80
Is there anything else?81
The insidiousness of God86
The morality of science: Is truth good?87
4Romancing the Creation89
The uncomfortable concept of a beginning90
The Gordian knot of singularity102
The magic of imaginary time108
The pulsing universe and the arrow of entropy117
The mysterious wobbling of nothingness123
'Reality (whatever that may be)'126
Reality in the absence of apples129
What place for a creator?134
The third candidate137
The mother of all chicken-and-egg stories139
5The Elusive Mind of God143
God as the embodiment of the laws of physics145
A presence behind the process146
The leap to purpose: The God who wishes to drink tea147
The watchmaker149
The universe as a 'put-up job'163
Second Gordian knot: The anthropic principle164
Hacking at the second Gordian knot166
The inflationary universe167
Baby universes to the rescue!171
Not the ether again!173
The longing of Johannes Kepler178
The fiddler on the roof184
6The God of Abraham and Jesus185
The law-breaker189
The hard edge of legalism191
The soft underbelly of legalism195
The death of the God of the Gaps204
Chaos meets Control205
'Top-down' determinism?221
'IAM'225
When truths collide228
The ultimate self-confirming hypothesis231
The masterful use of parallel perfect fifths234
Who is the 'I' in 'IAM'?239
7Inadmissible Evidence241
Public vs. private knowledge242
Admissible evidence?245
The spectacles-behind-the-eyes, revisited246
The cloud of witnesses247
A game of 'I Doubt It'251
The Lucy problem253
'I should not believe such a story were it told me by Cato!'254
'The Invincible Ignorance of Science'259
'For the Bible tells me so'--the evidence of scripture260
Is there proof in the pudding? The evidence of results263
Armchair truth: The argument from reason266
The argument from explanatory power270
The argument from nature274
The argument from availability277
8Theory of Everything ... Mind of God279
Notes284
Bibliography293
Index301

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