Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything Hardcover – 24 Sep 2009
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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
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
Starting with the hypothesis of God, Professor Andrews sets out to demonstrate that the existence of the God of the Bible makes better sense of what we can actually learn from science than does atheism. On his way to this conclusion he also points out the scientific and logical inadequacies of evolutionism. He succeeds in doing so with a deceptively light touch but there is nothing lightweight about either his analysis or the rigour with which he pursues his case. This is apologetics at its best: immensely instructive for the Christian and utterly devastating for the atheist. --Daniel Webber, Director, European Missionary Fellowship.
About the Author
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).
Top customer reviews
I like this book, not because I agree with everything in it (yet?), but because it makes a genuine contribution to the debate. I find Prof Andrews to be cogent and suitably profound in his offering of a God Hypothesis based on biblical revelation. He is on the front foot when he firstly undermines the 'God is improbable' argument and then shakes us believers awake by allowing scripture to take the initiative in defining who God is. Why have we allowed so many 'straw men' to be touted and villified publicly? Instead, we have received a revelation of God through His word, and in these latter days, in Christ himself. There is a tone of liberty and freshness in Andrews' book that has a fear of (respect for) God and His word at its heart. Good on yer Edgar!
It is notable that top scientists differ in their view of whether God exists. Some try to use their science to 'disprove' God. Here we have a man who uses his science to glorify and honour the God who has already shown Himself to us.
I would strongly recommend this book to anybody (especially a doubter or non-believer) who has the ability to think for themselves and a willingness to challenge their own preconceptions about faith and reason. This is not a trivial offering in the debate.
Prof Andrews is a physicist and engineer and his arguments showing the consistency of a biblical hypothesis of God with the results of scientific investigations of the universe are naturally most cogent in relation to these disciplines. However, as an expert in large molecules, he also has some powerful arguments against a naturalistic origin of life and evolutionism. I'm not sure all his arguments are 100% bulletproof and no doubt this won't convince many atheists, but he does provide a sound rational basis for belief in a simultaneously transcendent and immanent God. Many of the common objections to this belief are addressed in more or less detail. Drawing on a wide range of previous literature and a wholistic approach to the Bible, the author presents his case clearly and in a measured tone.
It seems there is now a newer edition with some additional material and I'm sure that would be worth reading sometime, but I only recently came across this on my parents' bookshelf and I'm very glad I did!
However, I have reservations too. I cannot fault Andrews for his dissection of their arguments, or for the science he presents. Some of the latter was new to me, and I found it thought provoking. Where I think this book falls short is in the theology and Biblical analysis Andrews presents. I think it is a fundamental error - I would say categorical, but my philosophy is rusty - to try and harmonise stories and writing from a culture that drew its understanding of the world from myth and poetry with the scientific understanding of the world that has grown up from the time of the Enlightenment.
For example, I think one simply cannot make a causal connection between the Fall and what we see in the natural world (pp244 and following). In addition, I do not think he can simply dismiss the Fall as mythological (reasons please) and assert, against most current Biblical scholarship, that one can view it as a simply historical narrative (once more, reasons please).
However, this and some other minor Biblical quibbles aside, I think this book is well worth reading, and a welcome addition to the ongoing debates.
Edited 17 June 2011 for a minor mistake in names cited at beginning of the review.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category