Believing Is Seeing: A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith

Believing Is Seeing: A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith

by Michael Guillen PhD
Believing Is Seeing: A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith

Believing Is Seeing: A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith

by Michael Guillen PhD


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Is your worldview enlightened enough to accommodate both science and God at the same time?
Dr. Michael Guillen, a best-selling author, Emmy award–winning journalist and former physics instructor at Harvard, used to be an Atheist—until science changed his mind. Once of the opinion that people of faith are weak, small-minded folks who just don’t understand science, Dr. Guillen ultimately concluded that not only does science itself depend on faith, but faith is actually the mightiest power in the universe.

In Believing Is Seeing, Dr. Guillen recounts the fascinating story of his journey from Atheism to Christianity, citing the latest discoveries in neuroscience, physics, astronomy, and mathematics to pull back the curtain on the mystery of faith as no one ever has.

Is it true that “seeing is believing?” Or is it possible that reality can be perceived most clearly with the eyes of faith—and that truth is bigger than proof? Let Dr. Guillen be your guide as he brilliantly argues for a large and enlightened worldview consistent with both God and modern science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496455574
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Guillen, PhD, is a graduate of UCLA and Cornell University, with degrees in physics, math, and astronomy. The former Science Editor for ABC News, he taught physics at Harvard for eight years and is the host of the History Channel series Where Did It Come From? and producer of the award-winning family movie Little Red Wagon. He hosts the weekly podcast Science + God with Dr. G, sponsored by K-Love and Airl radio networks, is the president of Spectacular Science Productions, and speaks to audiences worldwide.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book xiii

My Journey 1

1 California Dreamin'…and Beyond 3

2 The Awakening 15

3 The Reckoning: Part 1 29

4 The Reckoning: Part 2 41

5 The Result 55

The Truth about Faith 73

6 Having Faith in Faith 75

7 Having Faith in the Scientific Method 89

8 Having Faith in Mathematics 105

9 Having Faith in Physics 121

10 Having Faith in Astronomy 139

11 Having Faith in God 157

Your Destiny 201

12 Having Faith in Your Worldview 203

13 Putting Your Faith to the Test 223

Appendix A The Cosmic Distance Ladder 229

Appendix B Worldviews 235

Notes 239

Index 257

Acknowledgments 265

About the Author 267

What People are Saying About This

James M. Tour

I can see many exclaiming, “This is the book I’ve been searching for!” Dr. Michael Guillen has written an exceptionally accessible overview on how science and faith are not only compatible but also infinitely parallel and wholly inseparable. Parents, this is the book to give to your science-minded sons and daughters before they go off to college.

Robert C. Fay

This is a fascinating, readable, and compelling book, especially for those who think our wonder-full universe is one grand accident. It isn’t.

Stephen C. Meyer

In Believing Is Seeing, physicist and science journalist Michael Guillen tells the story of how he discovered a deep consonance between the scientific world picture and a Christian worldview. He not only shows how the presuppositions that make science possible flow naturally from belief in God, but he also shows that scientific discoveries about the design of life and the universe provide evidence for the reality of God. Guillen’s engaging intellectual autobiography will help people from all walks of life wrestle with, and answer, life’s deepest questions. Highly readable and highly recommended!

Denis Alexander

In this striking account, the author explains why he gave up his atheism to put his faith in God. With great skill, important concepts in contemporary physics are introduced for the nonspecialist, and the author shows how such ideas played a key role in his gradual journey to faith. Science, he explains, used to be his god—but no longer. Yet the author remains a passionate advocate for science, albeit now appreciated within a much broader worldview. The style is fast-paced, and there are plenty of fascinating facts and anecdotes, some quite personal, to keep the reader fully engaged until the last page.

Hugh Ross

In Believing Is Seeing, Michael Guillen reveals how magnificently and inextricably science and the Christian faith are intertwined. The same pervasive beauty, elegance, logic, and truth permeate both. This awe-inspiring book comes from one of the most colorful and engaging and laugh-out-loud entertaining communicators I have ever met.

Karl E. Johnson

Michael Guillen is that rare breed of science journalist who is also an actual scientist. Not surprisingly, then, Believing is Seeing is as deep and profound as it is readable.

Emmanuel Haqq

Many think of faith and science as polar opposites. Yet, in Believing is Seeing, Michael Guillen shows how, at its root, science itself stands on a foundation of faith. With the insight of a trained astrophysicist and the easy-to-read clarity of a journalist, Guillen writes about physics, astronomy, mathematics, and the methods of science as a whole, showing how they rest on truths that must be accepted by faith. As a boy growing up in the barrios of Los Angeles, Guillen dreamed of being a scientist. He made it from the barrio to the halls of Ivy League universities and to an Emmy award–winning career in television. But the most surprising turn in his story happened when his study of nature led him to a surprising encounter with the God of nature. In telling his story, Guillen challenges us to examine our own story—and how that story relates to our view of the world around us. I recommend this book for those who want to know if it is possible to resolve the conflict between science and faith and for those interested in exploring the deep truths of life to which science points.

Stephen Kirnon

No one discusses the relationship between IQ and SQ (spiritual intelligence) better than Michael Guillen, encouraging a deep reflexive response. This book needs to be read by anyone critically examining the role their individual faith and belief system plays in guiding them toward purpose, service, and leadership.

Robert Morris

I remember a time when my son was embarrassed about asking questions in school, and I told him the smartest people ask the most questions. Dr. Michael Guillen is one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever met. He is curious about everything and never stops asking questions and helping others find the answers. In his new book, Believing Is Seeing, he brings together science and the Bible and shows us how to create a worldview based on absolute truth.

Greg Cootsona

What I particularly appreciate about Michael is his passion for the discoveries of both science and Christian faith and the way he combines these with a truly impressive academic training and a curious and brilliant mind. All this (and more) you’ll experience within these pages.

Nancy Stafford

What awaits you in these pages is an exhilarating discovery of a worldview that will enable you to confidently navigate the inevitable storms that lie ahead and every challenge, disappointment, and setback you’re facing right now. Wherever you are on your journey of faith—deeply steeped or hard-boiled skeptic—Believing Is Seeing will jolt you from your comfort zone, propel you toward finding and discovering Truth, and bolster and deepen even your tepid faith. A must-read book for our times.

Fazale "Fuz" Rana

It is unusual to find a world-class scientist who is also gifted at communicating complex ideas. Dr. Michael Guillen is one of those rare gems. In his latest work—destined to be a classic—Dr. Guillen puts these skills to good use as he offers us his insight into the nature of reality. Guillen helps us see that all facets of our lives depend on our faith commitments, on what we believe—even logic, math, and science. This insight means that, despite popular opinion, there isn’t a conflict between faith and reason. Instead, Guillen makes a compelling case that reason rests on a foundation of faith. After reading Believing Is Seeing, you will be compelled to examine your own beliefs. Does your faith rest on what is true? Is it a misguided faith—or an enlightened one?

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