- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (9 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787994669
- ISBN-13: 978-0787994662
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,459,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion Hardcover – 9 Nov 2007
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Brother Guy Consolmagno speaks in the softest, sanest voice imaginable as he enters the current firestorm of opinion re science and religion. His engaging commentary exposes the mindset of a true techie ––but one who equates science with a sacred act. ––Dava Sobel, author, Galileo s Daughter
A prominent Vatican astronomer takes up the problem of presenting the Christian faith to his fellow techies. After analyzing their scientific modes of thinking, Consolmagno proposes ways of speaking to their mentality. His fresh approach opens up new paths for evangelization and dialogue.
––Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University
My grasp of technology doesn t much go beyond the chipmunks on treadmills that generate the electrical power for my computer. Put those chipmunks inside my brain, and you ve got an idea how much I understand about religion. Which is why I found [this] book so amazing. Brother Guy has a knack for taking extremely complex concepts and explaining them in ways even a technological and religious rustic like me can understand. He s smart, patient, through, and very funny. I only wish Brother Guy had been my science professor and my Sunday school teacher. I d have a lot fewer chipmunks running around in my office and in my head. ––Gary K. Wolf, creator of Roger Rabbit
Brother Guy Consolmagno s book explores the origins and nature of religion in novel and interesting ways, especially for a Catholic writer. His insights and thought processes honestly accept and answer many religious questions relating to scientists, engineers, and contemporary society as a whole. He is deeply candid, sharing his own faith and revealing his true love for the Catholic Church. ––Archbishop John J. Myers, Newark, New Jersey
Brother Guy is someone whose faith is mysterious to me. I′m an atheist, I think that God is a mental state we achieve by tickling our brains, not a creator who intervenes in the universe. Brother Guy′s book is an important step in bridging the gap between we the irreligious and anti–religious tech–world and the faithful among the geeks. ––Cory Doctorow, author. Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present and coeditor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net)
From the Inside Flap
In the often rancorous debates about science and religion, an interesting fact can often be overlooked: an awful lot of scientists and engineers are also devout churchgoers. How do they make that work? Brother Guy Consolmagno, Jesuit brother, scientist, and Vatican astronomer, offersa view that transcends the differences and embraces the connections between these two seemingly divergent world–views.
In God′s Mechanics, Brother Guy tells the stories of those who identify with the scientific mindset so–called "techies" while practicing religion.A full fledged techie himself, he relatessome classic philosophical reflections, his interviews with dozens of fellow techies, and his own personal take on his Catholic beliefsto provide, like a set of "worked out sample problems," the hard data on the challenges and joys of embracinga life of faith as a techie.And he also gives a roadmap of the traps that can befall an unwary techie believer.
With lively prose and wry humor, Brother Guy shows how he not only believes in God but gives religion an honored place alongside science in his life. This book offers an engaging look at how and why scientists and those with technological leanings can hold profound, "unprovable" religious beliefs while working in highly empirical fields. Through his own experience and interviews with other scientists and engineers who profess faith, Brother Guy explores how religious beliefs and practices make sense to those who are deeply rooted in the world of technology.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
fun to read but also profound and enlightening. This is the ideal book for anyone who would like to know what it is that Catholics believe and, in the present climate of mistrust, why that should makes sense to many people. The author is an astronomer and writing from the point of view of a "techie" as he calls it, a member of the scientific community. It is also a great book for catholics, to remind them of things they have been taking for granted. I shall be buying copies for all my children.
Very enjoyable for those of you interested in logics, science-religion, and in the intrinsics of why/how do people believe, regardless of whether they actually believe themselves or not!
The guy writting has an interesting background, from studying in the MIT, and doing a MSc and PhD about astrophysics, to working in the observatory in Vatican city.