42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A significant book about the most important of subjects
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...
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by M. Leech
23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for Believing Christians I think
From their comments, it seems that all the previous reviewers of this book (except for Mr Lonely 2 star!), are faithful believing Christians. And the book obviously appeals to them as, I suggest, a tract of Christian propaganda validating their faith in the supernatural. I had assumed that it was also meant for non-Christian atheists and agnostics. Have any such read it...
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by Ap Emyr
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A significant book about the most important of subjects,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)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.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No longer afraid of science,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)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.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful read,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)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.
Those who are convinced atheists and evolutionists should read this book to see that their position is far from secure. Christians who are taken in by the 'theistic evolution' argument should read it, and Christians who face challenges from evolutionists, atheists and others will be greatly helped.
What's more, it is an enjoyable read, being witty in style and accessible in content.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful contribution,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)I heard Prof. Andrews give a lecture around twenty-five years ago, and he was lucid, thoughtful, stimulating and challenging in his presentation. The book in many ways is an accurate reflection of the man - his ability to present quite complex concepts, using helpful metaphors is going to be welcomed by most readers. I have appreciated, in particular, the way in which Prof. Andrews has taken time to present some context for the various areas he covers, instead of just launching into the techie bits.
This is not going to be a book which persuades some atheists, because it introduces some parameters into the treatment which will be almost instantly dismissed. What it sets out to do, it does very well - namely present the coherence of a Christian worldview. I expect that there will be those who give it short shrift, as Prof. Andrews is clearly prepared to treat the biblical narratives seriously (giving rise to the usual pejorative appellation of 'fundamentalist'), but as always he handles his material very competently, and in a well-reasoned, balanced way.
I'm very happy to give this one five stars. Apart from finding it helpful and constructive, I also enjoyed hearing the 'voice' of the author - wry and gentle at times, and slightly ascerbic at others, but never in an ungracious manner in terms of the way he critiques the assertions of some prominent atheists.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling,
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This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God - The proven hypothesis!,
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This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)This is a book that really needed to be written. Too many ID proponents have allowed themselves to be driven into a corner where God is not mentioned and the "designer" is not specified. They believe (wrongly in my opinion) that they will receive greater credibility if they argue purely from a scientific standpoint and cannot be accused of religious belief or dogma. Such indeed was Dr. Stephen Meyer's book "Signature in the Cell" - an otherwise excellent book that avoids naming God as the intelligence behind DNA and its genetic code. Professor Andrews uses a refreshing and straightforward hypothesis that God (the God of the Bible) exists and is the creator of the heavens and earth. From this unambiguous standpoint he examines the evidence from a scientific, philosophical and moral viewpoint and presents a satisfactory argument for the Creator, Redeemer God of the Bible.
I have always believed from my schoolboy days that if God is who the Bible says He is, then scientific investigation is simply an examination of God's handiwork and will substantiate the Biblical text. Professor Andrews demonstrates that this indeed is the case. Other reviews give detail of the contents and obviate the need for me to do so. Let me say however that I found the science fascinating and very well presented as well as the issues of morality and dualism.
Particularly enjoyable was the way in which Edgar Andrews deals with the arguments of Richard Dawkins and Victor Stenger; with gentle but incisive wit he exposes and mocks their fallacies. As others have said the book combines seriousness with humour to produce an eminently readable style.
Well done Professor Andrews and I hope others will adopt your open and honourable approach.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A positve exploration of theism,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)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. When asked if he dropped the keys somewhere under the light he says, "no, but there is no light near where I dropped them so I thought I would search here instead".
To be fair, this book is not a critique against Dawkins et al and is framed in an altogether more positive light. Rather than attack the opposing view, Prof Andrews provides the reader with positive reasons for his own beliefs about the world. Again this is distinctively different to "The God Delusion" in which I was treated to a grindingly painful explanation of what I was supposed to be as a Christian. I completely failed to recognise myself or my beliefs as they were presented to me. At least Prof Andrews knows what it is like to be a Christian and can accurately express this to the reader. Conversely, he quite correctly doesn't presume to know the internal motivations of the atheist and misrepresent them in the process.
For me, there were some areas of weakness in the book. For example, I felt that Prof Andrews failed to acknowledge the strength of the atheist argument for the emergence of cooperation and morality from natural selection. This tended to weaken my sympathy for his well-expressed theistic argument for the same phenomenon. After all, Prof Andrews tell us, if there is a natural and moral law-giver driving the very existence of the Universe, then it would be surprising if we were not created with moral agency ourselves.
This book will probably divide readers into the usual camps but I think it achieves its purpose; it makes a coherent case for an intellectually informed Christian belief on its own terms rather than those chosen by someone taking an opposing position.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)A perfect book for those people who are happy to accept the argument that God must have a creator, so therefore he does not exist.
For too long, we are fed the line that in our enlightened age we have now gone past the primitive belief in a God who created this universe we reside in. In fact, we are told, it was US as humans that created God and now we are not in need of him, thank you very much.
This book manages to explode these so called enlightened beliefs, and the author fuses his excellent deep set knowledge of relevant scientific fields with a readable, witty command of English that engages the reader.
If you were provoked by Richard Dawkins' "God delusion", enjoyed Stephen Hawkings "A brief history of time"..or even Bill Brysons "A short history of everything" then this will appeal to you.
Prepare to be challenged!
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Beats Dawkins hands down",
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)I really liked it! Liked the tone. The thing that made me put down Dawkins' book (The God delusion) was his sneering disparaging tone. Who made God? is much more balanced, in fact there is a certain lightness about it, without it being light-weight! I think it matches the intellectual level of Dawkins' book and yet remains accessible. It is written in a youthful style, and it's very appealing -- obviously with an eye to reaching a wide readership. As a Christian reading it, I was hugely encouraged and excited.
I am not a physicist, nor indeed a scientist of any description, but like many, from an early age, I have been concerned with the big questions of life. From that standpoint I was interested in what the book had to say about the existence of God. I found the science in the book accessible and while there were concepts I didn't understand, I could follow the arguments. I am sure there is sufficient content to satisfy the scientist, but not to the exclusion of the lay-person.
I liked the development of the book. I found the titles given to each chapter engaging and appreciated the quotations at the beginning of each chapter. I also liked the tone of the book. Deep and serious issues are dealt with in a non-stodgy way, with humorous touches throughout. I stuck with this book, but in contrast did not continue with Dawkins' "God Delusion". His scathing tone became wearisome.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously questioning the existence of God.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you genuinely want an answer to the question......,
This review is from: Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything (Hardcover)GREAT! Pulls no punches. If you are an atheist and you are genuinely seeking answers with an open mind then this is the book to read. There are answers to be found.
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