By Stephen M. Barr
A large amount of public debate and media print has been dedicated to the “war among technological know-how and religion.”
In his available and eminently readable new ebook, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what's quite at warfare with faith isn't really technology itself, yet a philosophy referred to as clinical materialism. Modern Physics and historic Faith argues that the good discoveries of contemporary physics are extra suitable with the critical teachings of Christianity and Judaism approximately God, the cosmos, and the human soul than with the atheistic point of view of clinical materialism.
Scientific materialism grew out of medical discoveries made up of the time of Copernicus as much as the start of the 20 th century. those discoveries led many considerate humans to the realization that the universe has no reason or goal, that the human race is an unintended derivative of blind fabric forces, and that the last word truth is subject itself. Barr contends that the progressive discoveries of the 20th century run counter to this line of notion. He makes use of 5 of those discoveries—the mammoth Bang concept, unified box theories, anthropic coincidences, Gödel’s Theorem in arithmetic, and quantum theory—to forged severe doubt at the materialist’s view of the realm and to offer larger credence to Judeo-Christian claims approximately God and the universe.
Written in transparent language, Barr’s rigorous and reasonable textual content explains sleek physics to normal readers with out oversimplification. utilizing the insights of recent physics, he finds that smooth clinical discoveries and non secular religion are deeply consonant. a person with an curiosity in technology and faith will locate Modern Physics and old Faith invaluable.
“A smooth physicist who writes with notable readability and verve, and understands the highbrow arguments lengthy utilized by the traditional faiths, Stephen Barr offers an excellent protection of the integrity of technological know-how within the enamel of its strongest glossy bias, by means of telling the fascinating tale of the increase, complacency, and fall of clinical materialism. As his tale crackles alongside, and simply on the aspect of achieving rather tough techniques, he has a knack for inventing illustrations that make one's internal mild bulbs flash back and again.” —Michael Novak, Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for development in Religion
“Barr has produced a super and authoritative security of Biblical religion within the mild of latest technology. He perceives a major clash, no longer among sleek physics and old religion, yet among faith and materialism. i do know of no different e-book that makes the case opposed to materialism so lucidly, in truth, and deftly.” —Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian heart for Astrophysics
“Written from the point of view of an complete physicist, this e-book is a useful contribution to the turning out to be curiosity within the courting among technology and faith. The arguments are carefully logical and the documentation is excellent.” —Robert Scherrer, Ohio nation University