The Genesis Science and Freedom by the Bible [NOOK Book]

Overview

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"

These words proclaim an intellectual freedom as they teach that the heaven and earth, the cosmos, are created things, not divinities, and that the Creator is One God, not many gods; that there is only one law-giver for the universe.

These first words of Genesis confer freedom from all the bonds of unscientific superstition, and by them also do thinkers know that one consistent law of ...
See more details below
The Genesis Science and Freedom by the Bible

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$0.99
BN.com price

Overview

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"

These words proclaim an intellectual freedom as they teach that the heaven and earth, the cosmos, are created things, not divinities, and that the Creator is One God, not many gods; that there is only one law-giver for the universe.

These first words of Genesis confer freedom from all the bonds of unscientific superstition, and by them also do thinkers know that one consistent law of holds throughout the universe. The intellectual freedom God taught the Hebrew, recorded in the Bible, is the same as that claimed by the scientist of today.

In this book, we preserve the time tested theology of E. Walter Maunder, F.R.A.S. in eight wonderful chapters of his work, ‘The Astronomy of the Bible’ , and equip it to speak to scientists and Christians with astronomical photographs and facts of the twenty first century.

First few paragraphs of the book follow:

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. In early times, astronomy only comprised the observation and predictions of the motions of objects visible to the naked eye. Modern astronomy began four centuries ago with the invention of the telescope and Galileo's application to the study of the heavenly bodies. Since then, the number of tools to gather information about celestial objects has expanded to include many segments of the electromagnetic spectrum with observatories on earth and in space.

To the ancients, the celestial bodies were but points of light. In our view today, they are vast worlds that we have been able to measure and to weight.

The books of the Old Testament were written at the very early age of astronomy and astronomical references are not numerous. They occur mostly either as time-measurers, as subjects for devout allusion, poetic simile, or symbolic use. The purpose of Holy Scripture is to give spiritual, not scientific enlightenment. Its guiding theology, however, is the very basis of modern astronomy.

To understand why the Holy Scripture sets the footing of modern astronomy, we must look back to the time when polytheism was the norm. The contrast between the polytheists and the scientists was in both their spiritual and their intellectual standpoint, and, as we shall see later, the intellectual contrast is a result of the spiritual.

For polytheists, the orbs of heaven are divine, or at least that each expresses a divinity. This is a natural idea when we consider the great benefits that brought to us by the sun and moon. It is the sun that morning-by-morning rolls back the darkness, and brings light and warmth and returning life to earth; it is the sun that rouses the earth after her winter sleep and quickens vegetation. It is the moon that has power over the great world of waters, whose pulse beats in some kind of mysterious obedience to her will.

Natural, then, it has been for men to go further, and to suppose that not only is power lodged in these, and in the other members of the heavenly host, but that it is living, intelligent, personal power; that these shining orbs are beings, or the manifestations of beings; exalted, mighty, immortal; — that they are gods.

But if these are gods, then it is sacrilegious to treat them as mere "things"; to observe them carefully in the telescope; to identify their elements in the laboratory; to be curious about their properties, influences, relations, and actions on each other.

And if these are gods, there are many gods, not One God. And if there are many gods, there are many laws, not one law. Thus, astronomical observations cannot be reconciled with polytheism, for scientific observations demand the assumption of one universal law.
...
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Jay Ryan
On a similar book by E.W. Maunder
Prof. Maunder provides considerable historical and observational information. Unlike typical science works today, Prof. Maunder presents solid science with an abashed devotion to the truth and authority of Scripture. There is none of casual dismissals typical of the contemporary secular science mainstream. Nor are there any trite creationist appeals typical of contemporary Biblical writings
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014501514
  • Publisher: Pretica Scientific, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Edward Walter Maunder, the primary author, was an English astronomer remembered for his study of sunspots and the solar magnetic cycle that is now known as the Maunder Minimum. He was an esteemed biblical scholar and the first editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association.

D. N. Pham, the secondary author, is a Computer Scientist and regards himself as a student of the Bible though he has an advanced degree in Theology.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)