"Congenially conveying both meaty science and meaty theology, Consolmagno contributes vitally to the rapprochement of science and faith." --Booklist "Clear, deft writing" --Library Journal "Consolmagno is a charming writer, witty, self-deprecating and, above all, genuine....The triumph of [this] book is its persuasive argument that doing science can be a religious act...[a] brilliant defense of science's place in the religious life (and vice versa)." --Publisher's Weekly "Memorable" --Natural History "[Consolmagno] spills the contagious cheer of a man happily married to two loves--religion and science" --the Phildelphia Inquirer "Charming" --Kirkus"
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Praise for BROTHER ASTRONOMER
"Congenially conveying both meaty science and meaty theology, Consolmagno contributes vitally to the rapprochement of science and faith." - Booklist
"Consolmagno spills the contagious cheer of a man happily married to two loves - religion and science." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Deft writing" - Library Journal
"Memorable" - Natural History Magazine
Brother Astronomer is a wonderful contribution to the ongoing science-and-religion debate, from someone living in both worlds. Blending memoir, science, history, and theology, Brother Guy takes readers on a grand adventure. Revisit the infamous "Galileo affair" and discover the circumstances and misconceptions of the times that influenced what really happened. Glimpse into a world of working scientists and see how scientific discoveries are proposed and advanced. Learn the inside story of the "Mars meteorite": how can we be sure it's really from Mars, and why can't scientists agree on whether or not it contains evidence of life? Through Brother Guy's recollections, science and religion fuse together in one individual, and by extension, explain how they both are needed in order to answer the big questions: What would it mean to us if we did find life elsewhere in the universe? How did the world begin, and does it follow natural laws?