Friday, September 16, 2016

Amazing Truths, by Michael Guillen

All too often I hear people say that science and religion are in conflict.  Inevitably, those who say this do so because they reject religion.  Contrary to those opinions, though, are plenty of scientists who are believers and who hold to the compatibility of scientific thought and Christian thought.  Dr. Michael Guillen has a Ph.D. from Cornell and has taught at Harvard.  He was science editor for ABC News.  And he is a committed Christian.

In Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree, he brings together modern science and scripture, showing that not only do they not exclude one another, but that on many points they create a wonderful conjoining of ideas in which each enriches the understanding of the other.

Dr. Guillen writes Amazing Truths for lay people.  Even when he is writing about terribly complex scientific concepts, eh shows that he understands that many of his readers are non-scientists.  Of course his many years of working in television taught him how to set up the shot and keep the viewers (readers) engaged.

In describing scientific questions and dilemmas, Dr. Guillen points out how many scientific principals are, in fact, articles of faith.  And even in modern history, scientists have held to beliefs about the natural world based on speculation, only later to have their assumptions completely rejected.  In each chapter, Dr. Guillen provides a biblical perspective, not to explain scientific principles, but to add perspective.  Amazing Truths is at times fascinating, at times illuminating, and at times inspirational.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

2016 Reading Challenge: A book about science

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