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Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything Hardcover – 24 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: EP Books; First edition (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852347073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852347072
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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).


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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