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29 Oct 2012
Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, says Who made God? is 'written in a very lively style and conveys complex subjects in a palatable form'. Novelist Fay Weldon calls it 'thoughtful, readable, witty, wise'. The Principal of London Theological Seminary declares: 'Richard Dawkins has more than met his match.' A book by a distinguished scientist about the existence of God, with chapter headings like 'Steam engine to the stars' and 'The tidy pachyderm' has to be different. It is. Addressing profound questions of science, philosophy and faith with an amazing lightness of touch, Edgar Andrews exposes the pretensions of the 'new atheism', blending incisive arguments with gentle humour. However, his aim is not simply to rebut the aggressive atheism of our age but to provide a logically consistent and altogether more satisfying alternative. His fellow physicists dream of discovering a 'theory of everything' embracing very physical phenomnon in the cosmos. But can there be a theory of everything that also includes the realms of the heart, mind, conscience and spirit? Yes, indeed, as this book shows. It is the 'hypothesis of God', a concept that towers above the barren landsape of atheism and despair. 'Professor Edgar Andrews is well qualified to counter the current attempts to airbrush God out of existence ... Richard Dawkins' The God delusion is an obvious target and Andrews expertly dismantles its atheistic claims, reducing them to rubble with a lightness of touch I had never come across before in a book of this kind. Readers, with or without scientific backgrounds, are likely to find themselves turning the pages with smiles on their faces. I know of nothing quite like it.' John Blanchard, author of Ultimate Questions

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: EP Books (29 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852347634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852347638
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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If you have been looking for a thoughtful, cogent and accessible counterpoint to the recent flurry of publications by the so-called New Atheists, you need look no further than Edgar Andrews 'Who Made God?' Rather than offering an ad hoc response to the assertions made by Richard Dawkins and the like, Dr. Andrews instead asks us to consider a different way in to the conversation to approach belief in the biblical God as a thesis in and of itself, one that is worthy of our thoughtful consideration. He asks us to apply the methodology of hypothesis to the question of God to see how it fits and, in fact, it proves to fit remarkably well. With great clarity and rousing humour, Dr. Andrews applies the thesis of God to questions like the problem of time, the nature of humanity and the question of morality and demonstrates how belief in God has both simple elegance and far-reaching explanatory power. written. I appreciated the exposing of the reductionistic tendencies that atheists are forced to adopt, thus limiting their ability to conceive the wonder and beauty of the material universe. I also appreciated how unscientific science can be and how we should be wary of those who use/abuse the name of science to promote unscientific assumptions and conclusions. I really appreciated the explanation of quantum physics and how the author makes complex physics understandable and entertaining. This was one of my favorite chapters. I found helpful the author s delineations of the caricatures of God and the discussion on time was one of the most thought provoking sections. I found the connection between time and entropy fascinating. --Rev. Abraham Cho, Fellowship Group Director, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York --Rev. Abraham Cho, Fellowship Group Director, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York

In our increasingly multi-disciplinary world, we need those rare scholars who are able to combine the expertise of two different fields of study. Edgar Andrews possesses this ability, bringing together scientific and theological expertise to present a work that is both engaging and palatable. It is this synthesis that makes this book a very important and unique contribution to the larger arena of faith and science. This is not simply another book on Intelligent Design, nor is it a defence of Theistic Evolution. Who Made God? masterfully weaves a mature Christian theology with recent scientific findings to produce a nuanced and compelling argument that does not caricaturize either science or theology but maintains the integrity of both. The author s knowledgeable passion for both science and theology, coupled with a witty and playful writing style, makes the book a must read for those who question the intersection of science and Christianity. It has been a pleasure to read this book. I don't mean to sound overly flattering, but Dr Andrews has done the world a great service by adding this to our shelves. I am impressed by the way he has maintained the integrity of both science and theology, revealing comfort in both fields. I have been waiting for a book just like this to recommend to others one that I don t feel compromises theological or scientific integrity and truth. The God hypothesis will be unpalatable to many, but to those who have sincere questions this book will provide an invaluable apologetic. There is so much science and theology in the book and yet the writing style makes difficult and complex concepts accessible. While there were a few sections that were challenging to understand, the book as a whole is easy to read. --Rev. David Kim, New York ----Rev. David Kim, New York

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Professor Edgar H. Andrews (BSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, FIMMM, CEng, CPhys.) is Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London and an international expert on the science of large molecules. In 1967 he set up the Department of Materials at Queen Mary College, University of London, and served both as its Head and later as Dean of Engineering. He has published well over 100 scientific research papers and books, together with two Bible Commentaries and various works on science and religion and on theology. His book From Nothing to Nature has been translated into ten languages. Edgar Andrews was an international consultant to the Dow Chemical Company (USA) for over thirty years and to the 3M Company (USA) for twenty years. He was a non-executive director of Denbyware PLC throughout the 1970s and for five years a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Neste Oy, the national oil company of Finland. He also acted for many years as an expert scientific witness in a variety of cases in the British High Court and in courts in USA and Canada. In September 1972 he was one of four specially invited speakers at the dedication symposium of the Michigan Molecular Institute, two of the others being Nobel Laureates Paul Flory and Melvin Calvin. At the Oxford Union Huxley Memorial Debate in 1986 he debated with Richard Dawkins on the motion, That the doctrine of creation is more valid than the theory of evolution . (Recordings of the debate are available on the Internet). He is currently Acting Pastor of the Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK and his sermons can be found at www.campuschurch.org.uk.

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
This is an important book that deserves to be read widely. Professor Andrews has provided a significant contribution to the debate on the existence of God in which he handles scientific, philosophical and theological material with an expert touch. It is a fascinating, compelling and persuasive read as he ranges across issues like origins, existence, time, conscience, the laws of nature, life, morality, neo-Darwinism and humanity. On the way we meet, amongst other subjects, the General Theory of Relativity, string theory, quantum mechanics, genetics, molecular chemistry, material science and biochemistry. The book is built around a demonstration that the hypothesis of God, who we read about in the Bible, provides a comprehensive, coherent and satisfying explanation for existence. In seeking to demonstrate this hypothesis the author engages with the champions of the new, public and militant atheism in their search for a theory of everything. He systematically dismantles their position. He frequently stands on 'their' turf to expose the fallacies of their scientific arguments which are supposed to prove the cold, empty, meaningless world view of atheism and, in doing so, he shows how the same evidence actually points in a different direction - the hypothesis of God.

It is a good and enjoyable read, clear and with plenty of explanation and illustration, especially where there are scientific concepts under the microscope. The book is well-researched as shown by the extensive reference section. Professor Andrews quotes from a wide range of sources (even such well-known journals as Fisheries Oceanography!) and frequently from the writings of those whose view he is opposing.

Several reviewers have (rightly) referred to the witty style but wit does not come at the expense of weight. This is a serious book about the most important of subjects. Highly recommended to buy, read and to give to friends, atheists and theists alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No longer afraid of science 29 Oct 2009
If you said 'quantum physics' or 'string theory' to me before I read this book, I'd try to find somewhere to hide! Professor Andrews writes about really complicated things in a very accessible way. Quite apart from the balanced tone, fluid writing style and content to really get your teeth into, this book has helped me overcome the fear I used to feel when faced with anything 'sciency'.
The reader is led through the build up of sound argument through the chapters and I closed the book feeling enriched and enlightened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful read 1 Oct 2009
Scientists (and all specialists) have a great advantage when talking or writing to laymen; they know their subject, and can use their superior knowledge to help hide inconvenient truths from their audience. It is good therefore to find a physicist who knows how to communicate complex ideas simply, who tells you when and where he has simplified his position, who states his own presuppositions openly, and who deals with objections to his thesis.
The central thesis of this book is that the only 'theory of everything' available to this world is the one revealed in the Bible. No other theory, whether it is Einstein's general relativity theory, or quantum mechanics, or string theory (I'd never heard of that one either) can answer the questions, and each one throws up more questions than it answers. If you think that sounds unlikely, wait 'til you read Professor Andrews' account of DNA and genetic investigation, what it does and does not prove. The argument of 'natural selection' has nowhere to hide, and the fall-back position of genetic mutation is exposed for the fraud it is. Many other areas of science are used to show how insuperable the problems are unless 'the God hypothesis' is considered.
Yet even here there is a need for care and accuracy. Unless all sides of the debate define 'God' there can be no debate. Professor Andrews defines God as the uncreated Creator of the universe, and, throughout the book, shows how the Bible is consistent with that definition. He also shows how science can, in the end, say nothing against that definition, partly because there are aspects to the debate which science cannot touch (it is confined to the physical world) and partly because it must acknowledge the truth of the 'God hypothesis' once the evidence has been laid out impartially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 17 Nov 2009
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This book is well-written and easy to read, even though it deals with important and complex issues.

It is a superb rebuttal of the biased and shallow reasoning to be found in Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion'. It is more than that, and stands alone as a clear vindication of the God of the Bible.

It gives many arguments that support faith and which can also be used in debate and discussion with atheists. Recommended to those who have faith, for their encouragement, and to atheists who want to open their minds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A positve exploration of theism 23 Feb 2010
If, like me, you have read many books on the God does/doesn't exist theme then this is well worth of adding to your list. It is worth stating that I come from a Christian worldview but had been an atheist until I got all the way through a Physics degree. With this in mind it is fair to say that I approach the book with a systematic bias. It is interesting reading reviews of books on both sides of the argument because they divide people along party lines. People are generally more favourably disposed to arguments that support our chosen point of view and that is just human nature I guess.

This said I believe that "Who Made God" is distinctively different. The author, by taking the "hypothetic approach", does make his theistic starting assumptions clear, explicit and unambiguous. From this point he then goes on to demonstrate the internal coherence of his worldview. In a sense the book is not so much a proof of theism but rather a defence of the plausibility of the Christian account as an intellectually respectable position.

The distinction between this approach and some of the atheistic accounts is subtle. I have noticed that they often start with an a priori commitment to naturalistic materialism but that this is unspoken and assumed. Leading from this they then demonstrate the internal incoherence of the theist worldview. This of course is very easily achieved from their chosen implicit starting point. It is almost comical that, having declared that the only tools we can use are the ones developed to investigate the natural world, the authors should be surprised that we don't find evidence of anything beyond nature. Reading Dawkins reminds me of the man who is searching for his car keys under the light of a street lamp.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book designed to convince creationists that they are right
I read this book on holiday after hearing a recording Prof Andrews at the 1986 Oxford debate but before hearing Prof Dawkins response. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Artemis
3.0 out of 5 stars Critique of Who made God?
The positives of this book are its clear, engaging, witty style, the impeccable scientific credentials of its author and the breadth of his knowledge. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doctor Bob
2.0 out of 5 stars Who did make God - the Jury still out
It is well and amusingly written. So I don't hate it.
Sadly beneath the hype and gloss it is the same old creationist story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike Alcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful different response to New Atheists
Edgar Andrews is an established and knowledgeable scientist who is also a thorough-going Biblical Christian. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MR ANTHONY J HOWARD
1.0 out of 5 stars Blinding the people with bad science
As an atheist, I bought this book because I was interested to see what arguments could be adduced in favour of the existence of God. Read more
Published 20 months ago by tortinwall
3.0 out of 5 stars Hypothesis of the biblical God
Edgar Andrews deserves credit for the skill he has shown in presenting his case; often humorous, sometimes patronizing. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows that theism is far more plausible than atheism.
Having just finished reading "Who made God" ? by professor Edgar Andrews I have to say that this book is a masterful and thorough demonstration why religion and science do not... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, really witty!
I really enjoyed this book. Although very scientific and academic this book is written in a very understandable manner with useful illustrations and best of all it is very witty. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Malc
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Made God - witty, informative, concise
This book by Edgar Andrews is one of the best books that I have read.

"Who made God", unsurprisngly, sets out to answer the oft repeated illogical question "Who made... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by GooseHolla
4.0 out of 5 stars misleading title
This was an excellent and thought-provoking book, very readable and well researched - the only problem was that it didn't even try to answer the question in the title, probably... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Daphne Jowit
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