God's Universe

God's Universe

Owen Gingerich

Book - 2006
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We live in a universe with a very long history, a vast cosmos where things are being worked out over unimaginably long ages. Stars and galaxies have formed, and elements come forth from great stellar cauldrons. The necessary elements are present, the environment is fit for life, and slowly life forms have populated the earth. Are the creative forces purposeful, and in fact divine?

Owen Gingerich believes in a universe of intention and purpose. We can at least conjecture that we are part of that purpose and have just enough freedom that conscience and responsibility may be part of the mix. They may even be the reason that pain and suffering are present in the world. The universe might actually be comprehensible.

Taking Johannes Kepler as his guide, Gingerich argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork. The scientist with theistic metaphysics will approach laboratory problems much the same as does his atheistic colleague across the hall. Both are likely to view the astonishing adaptations in nature with a sense of surprise, wonder, and mystery.

In God's Universe Gingerich carves out "a theistic space" from which it is possible to contemplate a universe where God plays an interactive role, unnoticed yet not excluded by science.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780674023703
Characteristics: xi, 139 p. ;,19 cm.


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Sep 10, 2015

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“Another ASA member, Harvard astronomer Owen Gingerich, was also mentioned as recognizing the wider implications of science. The USA's investment of billions of research dollars is, according to Owen, "not because we want Teflon frying pans or better golf clubs." Owen concurs with those who find that the "astonishing coincidences" in origins of life studies discount accidentalist conclusions. Gingerich is identified as an evangelical Christian who believes that religion has its place in addressing the "basic wonder and desire to know where we stand in the universe." . . . from: . . Volume 36, Number 4 July/August 1994 of the American Scientific Affiliation . . . http://www.asa3.org/ASA/topics/NewsLetter90s/JULAUG94.html . . .
“Owen Gingerich is one of the most respected voices in the evangelical community on the subject of evolution.”
by Michael Dowd, from: The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity . . .
however, inconveniently,
enter Homo nadeli
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_naledi . . .
and, as an alternative, see
“A Universe From Nothing : Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing”
by Lawrence Maxwell Krauss (1954-), published by Free Press, 2012, ISBN-13:
“15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense”
by John Rennie, July 1, 2002, Scientific American

Jan 10, 2011

This is one of my favourite books. It has left me with a sense of wonder and awe at God's remarkable creation of the universe. For anyone interested in the topic of science and faith, this book is a must read. Gingerich shows how a scientist can support both the theory of evolution as well as believe in intelligent design. He shows that the probability of the development of intelligent life to come about by chance events is vanishingly small. He also argues that intelligent life is part of God's intention and purpose for the universe.

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