Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?: An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?: An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science

by Ian Hutchinson

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ISBN-13: 9780830845477
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Veritas Books
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 478,139
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ian Hutchinson is a plasma physicist and professor of nuclear science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in England, educated at Cambridge University, and received his doctorate from Australian National University. His research group explores the confinement of plasmas hotter than the sun's center, aimed at producing practical energy from nuclear fusion reactions, the energy source of the stars.
A frequent Veritas Forum presenter, Ian has written and spoken widely on the relationship between science and Christianity. He is the author of over two hundred research articles, and his books include Principles of Plasma Diagnostics and Monopolizing Knowledge.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 A Spiritual Journey 3

2 Are There Realities Science Cannot Explain? 16

2.1 Won't Science Eventually Explain Everything? 16

2.2 Can Science Investigate the Past? 20

2.3 Can Science Address the Big Questions? 24

2.4 Isn't All Real Knowledge Science? 27

2.5 What Happens When Science Explains the Brain? 30

3 What is Faith? 36

3.1 Isn't Faith Opposed to Critical Thinking? 36

3.2 Does Faith Have Value? 40

3.3 What Use Is Authority? 43

3.4 What Are the Roles of Science and Faith? 47

4 Do Scientists have Faith? 51

4.1 How Has Religious Belief Influenced Science? 51

4.2 What Do Scientists Think of Religion and Why? 57

5 Does Reason Support Christian Belief? 64

5.1 What Reasons Are There to Believe in God? 64

5.2 Where Is the Burden of Proof? 68

5.3 Evidence for the Resurrection? 75

6 What is Scientism? 83

6.1 What's the Difference Between Science and Scientism? 83

6.2 Is There Warfare Between Science and Theology? 86

6.3 Are Scientism's Consequences So Dire? 91

7 Is There Really Spiritual Knowledge? 94

7.1 What Deserves to Be Called Knowledge? 94

7.2 Isn't Scientific Knowledge Far Better? 99

7.3 Does Religion Have a Place in the Academy? 105

8 Creation and Cosmology 114

8.1 How Did the Universe Begin? 114

8.2 What Is Our Place in the Universe? 122

8.3 Is There Intelligent Design? 126

8.4 Is Cosmology Really Science? 132

9 Do Miracles Happen? 136

9.1 What Are Miracles? 136

9.2 Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? 140

9.3 How Could Miracles Possibly Work? 149

9.4 What About Miracles in Other Religions? 156

10 The Bible and Science 164

10.1 Does the Bible Teach Science? 164

10.2 Is the Age of the Earth Consistent with Genesis? 166

10.3 Is the Bible Compatible with Biological Evolution? 169

10.4 Is Evolution a Worldview? 175

10.5 How Does Inspiration Fit with Critical Examination? 183

10.6 Isn't the Bible Inconsistent and Inaccurate? 185

10.7 How Does Bible Authority Work? 189

11 Of All the World's Religions, Why Christianity? 193

11.1 Aren't You a Christian Just Because of Culture? 193

11.2 Are There Reasons to Prefer One Religion? 195

11.3 Don't Exclusive Truth Claims Make Religions Intolerant? 201

12 Why Does God Seem Hidden? 208

12.1 Is God's Existence a Scientific Question? 208

12.2 Why Doesn't God Show Himself More Clearly? 214

12.3 Why Does the Question of God Matter? 219

13 Is There Good and Evil? 222

13.1 Where Do Morals Come From? 222

13.2 Could a Good God Permit So Much Evil? 228

13.3 Is There Meaning in Life? 235

13.4 Do Christian Ethics Make a Difference? 238

14 Personal Consequences: So What? 244

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 257

Index 271

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