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The Science of God


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Gerald L. Schroeder is the author of The Hidden Face of God, The Science of God, and Genesis and the Big Bang. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.


"The universe is tuned for life from its inception," writes physicist-turned-biblical scholar Schroeder (The Discovery of Harmony Between Modern Science and the Bible) in his latest book. Schroeder attempts to meld a critical reading of the Bible with a sophisticated understanding of modern science to yield new proof that spiritual and material views of reality can coexist and support one another. Discussing the idea stated in Genesis that "the earth brought forth" life, Schroeder emphasizes modern scientific awareness of the razor-edged precision that allowed the energy of the Big Bang to be just right to give rise to life. The author quotes the astrophysicist Michael Turner: "`The precision,' he said, `is as if one could throw a dart across the entire universe and hit a bullseye one millimeter in diameter on the other side.'" While hard-core materialists will bridle at an exegesis that inevitably depends on after-the-fact comparisons, spiritually inclined readers will find the material Schroeder presents provocative. The author, however, sometimes strains credibility by forcing connections. He uses numerology to establish meaningful links between biblical dates and significant modern events, for example. Building on the belief that Hebrew patriarch Abraham was born 1,948 years after Adam, Schroeder says, "In 1948, an event occurred that was destined to change the course of history and of humanity... The coincidence is intriguing: 1948 as the birth of the father of the people of Israel, and, from another perspective, 1948 as the rebirth of the State of Israel." Although it is impossible to weigh the true value of such nuggets of information, Schroeder offers fresh evidence for the eternal argument that science and religion, matter and spirit, need not be seen as conflicting or mutually exclusive. (Nov.)

Schroeder (Genesis and the Big Bang, LJ 9/15/90) is an Israeli physicist and scholar of Genesis who maintains that a properly understood Bible and a properly understood science provide consistent sets of data. In recent decades, scientific discoveries in cosmology, paleontology, and quantum physics do not demonstrate or prove the activity of God, but they do remove conflict with that activity. Rapprochement occurs when believers read the Bible on the Bible's terms, avoiding literalism, and when scientists realize that science is powerless to pronounce on a purpose for life. Schroeder is very lucid in explaining difficult scientific concepts, such as the passage of time according to the theory of relativity, and religious data, such as the original Hebrew words. Schroeder's careful and responsible handling of the data on origins from science and Genesis 1, combined with a fresh, judicious correlation between the two, is compelling. Highly recommended.‘Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley

"This engaging and humane book advances the dialogue beyond the cliches and stereotypes of which both scientists and religious believers have been guilty." -- Washington Post
"Schroeder offers fresh evidence for the eternal argument that science and religion, matter and spirit, need not be seen as conflicting or mutually exclusive." -- Publishers Weekly

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