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5.0 out of 5 stars theologians get up to speed or you'll miss out, 11 Nov 2013
This review is from: God and the New Physics (Penguin Science) (Paperback)
St. Augustine of Hippo was quite advanced for his day. He corrects those who see the cosmological argument as seemingly contradictory because you can't ask `Who made God?' Augustine points out that time and space were created at the same time.

The true believer is envisaged as one who stands by his faith regardless of any evidence to the contrary. While this can be encountered in fundamentalist circles, particularly in the United States, it has never been the mainstream view of either Christianity or Islam.

'If there is one solitary fact which emerges directly from evolutionary studies, it is that evolution is not the execution of a consummate overall plan, divine or otherwise. There have been far too many false starts, bosh shots and changes of intention for that.'

Physics and chemistry can't give full account of living things - humans made up of water and other chemicals but these don't define what it is to be human.

There is a fascinating musing on the nature of time and its relativity. It's like the conundrum in Doctor Who. If you could travel back in time and kill your mother, you would never have been born. So you could intervene to change history that had already happened.

On the seeming randomness of it all and of our inability to make sense, he says; Imagine a machine-gunner facing a target screen. As he fires the gun, he sweeps his aim at a steady rate from side to side. The end result is a pattern of equispaced bullet holes. A two-dimensional creature living permanently in the flatland of the screen would perceive this sequence of events as the regular appearance of holes in is world. He would deduce that the holes aren't formed at random but periodically and geometrically simple. He would say that each hole causes the next one. After all, each one is followed by another one. He misses entirely that each hole is independent of the others and the regularity is entirely due to the machine-gunner's activity.

`It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion...There is a more to the world than meets the eye.'

The author has some misunderstandings of Christian doctrine, e.g. life everlasting suggests that there is no end to time. `Eternal' - of the age - is a better translation of the Greek. However, this scientist may misunderstand some theology. This is as nothing to those theologians who misunderstand science.
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