Signposts to God

How Modern Physics and Astronomy Point the Way to Belief

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Author: Peter Bussey

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830873074

Category: Religion

Page: 223

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"The heavens declare the glory of God" (Ps 19:1). Can we still sing the words of the Psalmist in an age where scientists talk about an expanding cosmos, the Higgs boson, and the multiverse? In Signposts to God particle physicist Peter Bussey introduces readers to the mysteries of modern physics and astronomy. Written in clear, accessible prose, Bussey provides a primer on topics such as the laws of nature, quantum physics, fine-tuning, and current cosmological models. He shows that despite the remarkable achievements of science, the latest research in these fields does not lead to simple physicalism in which physical processes are able to explain everything that exists. Bussey argues that, far from ruling out a divine Creator, modern physics and astronomy present us with compelling signposts to God. The more we know about the cosmos and our presence in it, the more plausible belief in God becomes. We can be intellectually satisfied in both science and the Christian faith. Written by someone who has worked for years in scientific research, Signposts to God is a timely and winsome response to a cultural stalemate.

Signposts to God

How Modern Physics and Astronomy Point the Way to Belief

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Author: Peter Bussey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781525233616

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Page: 430

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We can be intellectually satisfied in both science and the Christian faith. In this accessible primer, particle physicist Peter Bussey introduces readers to the mysteries of modern physics and astronomy. He shows that the remarkable achievements of scientific research do not rule out a divine Creator, but actually present us with compelling signposts to God.

Signposts to God

How Modern Physics and Astronomy Point the Way to Belief

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Author: Peter Bussey

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830851496

Category: Religion

Page: 223

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The theories and discoveries in modern physics and astronomy can be daunting to the nonspecialist, and reports of their destructive implications for Christianity can be persuasive. Experimental physicist Peter Bussey introduces readers to these surprising fields of science and shows that they make religious belief very reasonable.

New Proofs for the Existence of God

Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy

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Author: Robert J. Spitzer

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802863833

Category: Religion

Page: 319

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Responding to contemporary popular atheism, Robert J. Spitzer's New Proofs for the Existence of God examines the considerable evidence for God and creation that has come to light from physics and philosophy during the last forty years. An expert in diverse areas, including theology, physics, metaphysics, and ethics, Spitzer offers in this text the most contemporary, complete, and integrated approach to rational theism currently available. "Skepticism about the possibility of proving the existence of God often relies on data from modern science. In this splendid new book Father Robert Spitzer explores the implications of the latest discoveries in big bang cosmology, string theory, quantum physics, and the ontology of time to craft a series of convincing philosophical arguments. To paraphrase a popular commercial, this is not your father's old 'natural theology' textbook ù it's a gripping and compelling account of the best current arguments for theism."ùJoseph W. Koterski, S.J., Foidham University "A most original and insightful case for the existence of God.... Fr. Spitzer's new proofs pose a serious and compelling challenge to the unconscious hegemony of naturalism in the worlds of both philosophy and the sciences."ùFrancis J. Beckwith, Baylor University "Rare is the theologian who keeps abreast of the latest developments in fundamental physics, and even rarer the one who can discuss them with the theological and philosophical sophistication that Fr. Spitzer displays in this book. A challenging and original work."ùStephen M. Barr, University of Delaware, author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

Science and the Mind of the Maker

What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God

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Author: Melissa Cain Travis

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736971289

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Are We an Accident...or Not? The question of cosmic origins and our place in the grand scheme of things has been debated for millennia. Why do we exist? Why does anything exist at all? Today's popular narrative, based on advancements in science, is that it all happened by natural, random processes. Melissa Cain Travis points to powerful evidence that the opposite is true—that cosmology, astronomy, biochemistry, and other disciplines strongly support what she calls "The Maker Thesis," which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind's capacity to comprehend it. Our universe is made up of numerous complex systems of order that both interact and coexist with each other as if in a carefully choreographed dance. Follow along on a fascinating journey about how the structure of nature and the mind of man resonate in ways that point to a Maker who fully intended the astounding discoveries being made in the natural sciences today.

The God Experiment

Can Science Prove the Existence of God?

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Author: Russell Stannard

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1616436565

Category:

Page: N.A

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Mere Creation

Science, Faith & Intelligent Design

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Author: William A. Dembski

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830815159

Category: Religion

Page: 475

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In this book a team of expert academics trained in mathematics, engineering, philosophy, physical anthropology, physics, astrophysics, biology and more investigate the prospects for intelligent design. Edited by William Dembski.

The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy

More Than 100 Years of Covering the Expanding Universe

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Author: Cornelia Dean,Neil de Grasse Tyson

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9781402793202

Category: Science

Page: 557

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A treasury of 125 archival articles covers more than a century of scientific breakthroughs, setbacks and mysteries and includes pieces by Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, includes Malcolm W. Browne on antimatter, James Glanz on string theory and George Johnson on quantum physics.

The Physics of Christianity

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Author: Frank J. Tipler

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385521847

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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A highly respected physicist demonstrates that the essential beliefs of Christianity are wholly consistent with the laws of physics. Frank Tipler takes an exciting new approach to the age-old dispute about the relationship between science and religion in The Physics of Christianity. In reviewing centuries of writings and discussions, Tipler realized that in all the debate about science versus religion, there was no serious scientific research into central Christian claims and beliefs. So Tipler embarked on just such a scientific inquiry. The Physics of Christianity presents the fascinating results of his pioneering study. Tipler begins by outlining the basic concepts of physics for the lay reader and brings to light the underlying connections between physics and theology. In a compelling example, he illustrates how the God depicted by Jews and Christians, the Uncaused First Cause, is completely consistent with the Cosmological Singularity, an entity whose existence is required by physical law. His discussion of the scientific possibility of miracles provides an impressive, credible scientific foundation for many of Christianity’s most astonishing claims, including the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the Incarnation. He even includes specific outlines for practical experiments that can help prove the validity of the “miracles” at the heart of Christianity. Tipler’s thoroughly rational approach and fully accessible style sets The Physics of Christianity apart from other books dealing with conflicts between science and religion. It will appeal not only to Christian readers, but also to anyone interested in an issue that triggers heated and divisive intellectual and cultural debates.

God of the Big Bang

How Modern Science Affirms The Creator

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Author: Leslie Wickman

Publisher: Worthy Publishing

ISBN: 1617955663

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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New scientific evidence strongly suggests there was a beginning to our universe. If the universe did indeed have a beginning, by the simple logic of cause and effect, there had to be an agent that induced it. Through her easy to understand writing, Wickman helps us understand origins of the universe. She takes complex discoveries and interprets them for a non-scientific audience. In God of the Big Bang she gives readers a better understanding of how Scripture, science and creation fit together.

Vacation Guide to the Solar System

Science for the Savvy Space Traveler!

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Author: Olivia Koski,Jana Grcevich

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101993413

Category: Science

Page: 240

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Packed with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated guide to traveling in our solar system Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life, or touring one of Jupiter's sixty-four moons where you can photograph its swirling storms. For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the Moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season. Packed with full color illustrations and real-world science, Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive. Perfect for fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, this tongue-in-cheek reference guide is an imaginative exploration into the “What if” of space travel, sharing fascinating facts about space, the planets in our solar system, and even some moons!

Living with the Stars

How the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars

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Author: Karel Schrijver,Iris Schrijver

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198727437

Category: Science

Page: 202

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Living with the Stars describes the many fascinating connections between the universe and the human body, which range from the makeup of DNA and human cells, growth and aging, to stellar evolution and the beginning of the universe. This popular science book should be of interest to anyone who wonders about the processes going on in our human bodies that connect us to our environment on Earth, to the Solar System, to the stars in our Galaxy, and even tothe origin of the universe.

The Territories of Science and Religion

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Author: Peter Harrison

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022618448X

Category: History

Page: 300

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Peter Harrison takes what we think we know about science and religion, dismantles it, and puts it back together again in a provocative new way. It is a mistake to assume, as most do, that the activities and achievements that are usually labeled religious and scientific have been more or less enduring features of the cultural landscape of the West. Harrison, by setting out the history of science and religion to see when and where they come into being and to trace their mutations over timereveals how distinctively Western and modern they are. Only in the past few hundred years have religious beliefs and practices been bounded by a common notion and set apart from the secular. And the idea of the natural sciences as discrete activities conducted in isolation from religious and moral concerns is even more recent, dating from the nineteenth century. Putting the so-called opposition between religion and science into historical perspective, as Harrison does here for the first time, has profound implications for our understanding of the present and future relations between them. "

The Reality of God

The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator

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Author: Steve R. Hemler

Publisher: TAN Books

ISBN: 1618902210

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Does God exist? Which is true? Evolution, creation...or both? Are we no more than meaningless collisions of molecules? Or do we owe our existence to a Creator, who has willed us (and everything else) into being, and who has a plan and purpose for our lives? The Reality of God addresses these all-important questions by providing an introductory overview of key scientific evidence, philosophical reasons, and insights drawn from human nature demonstrating God’s existence. In simple, accessible language, and well-supported by scientific experts, author Steven Hemler guides the reader through the most compelling evidence for the existence of God. Hemler shows how natural sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics far from disproving religious belief suggest and reveal the existence of a Creator at every turn. Those seeking sound reasons and credible science supporting belief in God will cherish this easy-to-read book. The Reality of God provides: • An opportunity to address doubts about God’s existence • Persuasive reasons for belief • Arguments showing the compatibility of faith and reason • Answers to the evolution vs. creation debate The Reality of God puts forth in layman’s terms how science and the natural world point to God’s existence. Anyone seeking answers to life’s deepest question will find in author Steven Hemler an indispensable guide.

A God That Could Be Real

Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet

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Author: Nancy Ellen Abrams

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807073407

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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A paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them: too easily it can perpetuate conflict, vilify science, and undermine reason. Nancy Abrams, a philosopher of science, lawyer, and lifelong atheist, is among them. And yet, when she turned to the recovery community to face a personal struggle, she found that imagining a higher power gave her a new freedom. Intellectually, this was quite surprising. Meanwhile her husband, famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, was helping create a new theory of the universe based on dark matter and dark energy, and Abrams was collaborating with him on two books that put the new scientific picture into a social and political context. She wondered, “Could anything actually exist in this strange new universe that is worthy of the name ‘God?’” In A God That Could Be Real, Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us. Moving away from traditional arguments for God, Abrams finds something worthy of the name “God” in the new science of emergence: just as a complex ant hill emerges from the collective behavior of individually clueless ants, and just as the global economy emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals’ choices, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the staggering complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual. This God did not create the universe—it created the meaning of the universe. It’s not universal—it’s planetary. It can’t change the world, but it helps us change the world. A God that could be real, Abrams shows us, is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long-term civilization. From the Hardcover edition.

Who Designed the Designer?

A Rediscovered Path to God's Existence

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Author: Augros, Michael

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681496542

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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The "New Atheists" are pulling no punches. If the world of nature needs a designer", they ask, then why wouldn't the designer itself need a designer, too? Who fine-tuned its capacity for understanding? Or if it can exist without any designer behind it, then why can't we just say the same for the universe and wash our hands of a designer altogether? And why do we find "bad design" in the world, such as our backwards-wired eyes and injury-prone backbones? Why do bad things happen to good people, if a provident and benevolent mind watches over us? Rising to these and similar challenges, philosopher Michael Augros poses rarely asked questions that enable his readers to find out for themselves: The impossibility of a "universe without a cause" Why nature must be the offspring of intelligence Why an undesigned designer is not only a possibility, but a necessity Why the first cause of all things must be the most perfect being Interweaving its pursuit of the First Cause with personal stories and humor, this ground-breaking book takes a fresh approach to ultimate questions. While attentive to empirical science, it builds its case not on authoritative pronouncements of experts which readers must take on faith, but instead upon a nuanced understanding of universal principles implicit in everyone's experience. Drawing from this non-sectarian source, Who Designed the Designer? forges common philosophical ground for Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and non-religious thinkers with an open mind. Here is essential reading for all people who care about contemplating God, not exclusively as a best-explanation for the findings of science, but also as the surprising-yet-inevitable implication of our commonsense contact with reality. Writing with the conviction that timeless truths are not the property of the geniuses who happened first to give them voice, Augros harnesses such intellects as Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, ushering into the light a wealth of powerful inferences that have hitherto received little or no public exposure. The result is an easygoing yet extraordinary journey, beginning from the world as we all encounter it and ending in the divine mind.

Old Testament Ethics for the People of God

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Author: Christopher J. H. Wright

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830864946

Category: Religion

Page: 520

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Nothing confuses Christian ethics quite like the Old Testament. Some faithful readers struggle through its pages and conclude that they must obey its moral laws but may disregard its ceremonial and civil laws. Others abandon its teaching altogether in favor of a strictly New Testament ethic. Neither option, argues Chris Wright, gives the Old Testament its due. In this innovative approach to Old Testament ethics--fully revised, updated and expanded since its first appearance in 1983 as Living as the People of God (An Eye for an Eye in North America) and including material from Walking in the Ways of the Lord--Wright examines a theological, social and economic framework for Old Testament ethics. Then he explores a variety of themes in relation to contemporary issues: economics, the land and the poor; politics and a world of nations; law and justice; society and culture; and the way of the individual. This fresh, illuminating study provides a clear basis for a biblical ethic that is faithful to the God of both Testaments.

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

A New Way of Thinking about Time, Space, and String Theory

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Author: Rob Bryanton

Publisher: Talking Dog Studios

ISBN: 097803970X

Category: Anthropic principle

Page: 214

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"A fascinating excursion into the multiverse - clear, elegant, personal, provocative." - (Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Greg Bear.) Read the book whose companion website (tenthdimension.com) has already achieved worldwide popularity.

God, chance & necessity

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Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Oneworld Pubns Ltd

ISBN: 9781851681167

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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The 'new materialism' argues that science and religious belief are incompatible. This book considers such arguments from cosmology (Stephen Hawking, Peter Atkins), from biology (Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins) and from sociobiology (Michael Ruse), and exposes a number of fallacies and weaknesses. With a carefully argued, point-by-point refutation of scientific atheism, God, Chance and Necessity shows that modern scientific knowledge does not undermine belief in God, but actually points to the existence of God as the best explanation of how things are the way they are. Thus it sets out to demolish the claims of books like The Selfish Gene, and to show that the overwhelming appearance of design in nature is not deceptive.

A Fortunate Universe

Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos

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Author: Geraint F. Lewis,Luke A. Barnes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316715221

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it - and life as we can imagine it - would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we understand the Universe, from its most basic particles and forces, to planets, stars and galaxies, and back through cosmic history to the birth of the cosmos. Conflicting notions about our place in the Universe are defined, defended and critiqued from scientific, philosophical and religious viewpoints. The authors' engaging and witty style addresses what fine-tuning might mean for the future of physics and the search for the ultimate laws of nature. Tackling difficult questions and providing thought-provoking answers, this volumes challenges us to consider our place in the cosmos, regardless of our initial convictions.