God's Universe

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Harvard University Press, 2006 - Religion - 139 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - hcubic - LibraryThing

Owen Gingerich is author of The Book Nobody Read, and an article about Kepler in Physics Today that I have recommended in the past. As both an astronomer and a historian, he has an informed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nickvisel - Goodreads

An interesting read. It lends a sympathetic view towards evolutionary atheists, and seems to advocate theistic evolutionism but seems to use too little bible to back it convincingly. Does give some good credit to God as is due in the creativity evident in the universe, however. Read full review

Contents

Is Mediocrity a Good Idea?
9
Dare a Scientists Believe in Design?
43
Questions without Answers
81
Epilogue
115
Notes
123
Acknowledgments
133
Index
135
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About the author (2006)

Owen Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science, Emeritus, at the Harvard‚e"Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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