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From the host of the popular podcasts, The Liturgists Podcast and Ask Science Mike, a story of having faith, losing it, and finding it again through science—revealing how the latest in neuroscience, physics, and biology help us understand God, faith, and ourselves.
Forty-four percent of Americans will go through a major faith transition in their lives. And now, with church attendance on the decline and increasing cultural independence from Christian social norms, this trend has reached a tipping point: the fastest growing religion in America is "none."
Mike McHargue understands the pain of unraveling belief. In Finding God in the Waves, Mike tells the story of how his Evangelical faith dissolved into atheism as he studied the Bible, a crisis that threatened his identity, his friendships, and even his marriage. Years later, Mike was standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean when a bewildering, seemingly mystical moment motivated him to take another look. But this time, it wasn't theology or scripture that led him back to God—it was science.
Full of insights about the universe, as well as deeply personal reflections on our desire for certainty and meaning, Finding God in the Waves is a vital exploration of the possibility for knowing God in an age of reason, and a signpost for where the practice of faith is headed in a secular age. Among other revelations, we learn what brain scans reveal about what happens when we pray; how fundamentalism affects the psyche; and how God is revealed not only in scripture, but in the night sky, in subatomic particles, and in us.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Mike McHargue, also known as “Science Mike,” is a Christian turned atheist turned follower of Jesus who uses his story to help people know God in an age of science. Mike is the host and co-host of two podcasts—Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists Podcast—that have attracted a curious following among Christians, the spiritually interested, and the religiously unaffiliated. He is an in-demand speaker at conferences and churches around the country, and he writes for the Storyline Blog, Sojourners, and Relevant magazine.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Rob Bell xi
Part I Lost and Found
Chapter 1 Dinosaurs in Sunday School 9
Chapter 2 Binge Reading the Bible 25
Chapter 3 A Foolish Bet 45
Chapter 4 Secret Agent Man 71
Chapter 5 Love Seat Confessional 82
Chapter 6 Nasa and Bacon Numbers 95
Chapter 7 The Horse Leaves the Barn 108
Part II God in Science
Chapter 8 Happily Ever After? 137
Chapter 9 Einstein's God 142
Chapter 10 The God we can Know 153
Chapter 11 Teach us, Neuroscience, to Pray 167
Chapter 12 Jesus 188
Chapter 13 Take me to Church 206
Chapter 14 The Good Book 224
Chapter 15 Finding God in the Waves 240
Author's Note 248
Axioms About Christian Faith 253
A Reader's Guide 271
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Inspiring for those who are new to faith.
Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to have just the right voice speak at just the right time. A voice that cuts through the noise, rises above the rhetoric and addresses the cultural climate of the day. Mike is in the unique position of being a translator. Located between two worlds. Both with their own cultures, dialects, and understanding. Fluent in the language and philosophy of the spiritual world as well as the culture of fact, evidence and scientific proof. Mike is able to understand, hear and be a part of both. He possesses an accurate and articulate voice accessible to all. Mike stands holding tightly to both sides acting as a bridge connecting the two. People often find the middle frustrating. It feels like we don't belong to one side or the other. Too far in one direction you're zealot. Too far in the other direction your awash the midst of a purposeless mess. That lack of belonging and identity can feel extremely lonely. But we were not alone. There are hundreds of us. Thousands of us. Mike shows us this is not only normal, but healthy. ’Finding God in the Waves’, succeed in bringing the two sides together. Helping translate the beauty of both worlds into language the other can understand. A true picture of Grace. Mike stands in the middle. He stands proclaiming to both sides the value, beauty and significance of the other. You are going to want to read this book.