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Christian Influence Spoils It
on 16 June 2013
The book is "OK" at best. The author quite obviously puts a monotheistic (Christian) spin into the (apparently only alternative) argument that there is an (Abrahamic) God. He spends way too much time re-iterating that scientific theories and laws do not actually constitute the programming of nature; then grandly asserts the alternative without impartiality.
The problem is this is not a binary debate - it's not "science" vs a Christian God, it's about discussing the facts; we cannot simply substitute Science with a personal deity of our choice as if those were the only choices.
Better to read "Why Does the World Exist?: One Man's Quest for the Big Answer" for a much more thorough, rigorous and impartial analysis. Also the fine work by Stephen Meyer discussing the problem we have around biological information and how entropy cannot account for this. Meyer's work coins the term "Intelligent Design" rather than God, which is intended to be impartial.
To summarise this book:
Equations are not reality (he could have just quoted Korzybski - "The map is not the place" and be done in one line)
How does Nothing perturb itself to become spacetime/matter? - read the above book as this is dealt with in great detail.
The fact is at this level all we have is faith. The scientists have faith that nothing can perturb itself to become something, religious folk call that impulse God or some creative force. We then have the issue of life and information within the genome - science has faith that time and entropy can do this. Meyer seems to have disproved this rather glib assertion. The two books I have mentioned offer much more flesh to the bones of this book.