Why the Universe Is the Way It Is Paperback – Sep 1 2008
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Do science and the Bible offer contradictory answers to life's biggest questions?
Hugh Ross the astronomer knows his science. This Christian author and apologist also knows Scripture. And he sees no conflict between the two. The same God who created the universe gave humans the intellect and curiosity to explore it.
The search for answers takes us on a thrilling adventure of discovery. Ross leads the exploration by showing how cutting-edge research and key biblical principles agree. This faith-building page-turner is equally useful for personal and group study, deep reflection, and serious debate. Why the Universe Is the Way It Is opens our minds--and our eyes--to a stunning new view of the Creator.
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"Why?" may be the most common and emotionally charged question in human experience.
With the Bible in one hand and the latest scientific findings in the other, astronomer Hugh Ross tackles many of our most pressing cosmic "why" questions. If God made the universe,
• why would he make it so vast?
• why would he wait to bring humans onto the scene?
• why would he allow decay and death to be part of it?
• why would he let one man and one woman ruin it for everyone?
• why should I believe my life has any real meaning?
• why is the future of the cosmos so bleak?
Within these pages you will find compelling answers to these questions--answers that give you reasons to believe that our finely tuned universe "shouts loudly that life is more than a cosmic accident."
"This book will expand your mind with the universe it describes. It is a challenging, fascinating, and mind-stretching discussion of the nature and purpose of our amazing universe in the light of Scripture by one of America's foremost evangelical astronomers."--Norman L. Geisler, cofounder and former dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary
"Absolutely delightful! Ross's ability to take science and show the biblical correlation in prophecy and application is unparalleled; it makes God's wisdom and the biblical text seem so much more magnificent."--James M. Tour, Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, Rice University, Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
"A groundbreaking look at the enduring questions that confront every person regarding our existence. Utilizing today's cutting-edge scientific research from a Christian worldview, Ross offers the most developed answers to date on key concerns regarding creation, God, and humanity. This book is a must-read for anyone who craves scientific information that interacts with tough biblical issues."--John Ankerberg, bestselling author and host of the John Ankerberg Show
"Ross simultaneously challenges skeptics and Christians alike with his fresh take on scientific discoveries that point to the existence of God."--Ben Young, Second Baptist Church, Houston; author of Why Mike's Not a Christian
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Here it is...Clear and simple...only facts.
God bless Mr Ross.
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An integration of biblical theology and science is sorely needed, since most skeptics assume that God created the universe just as a nice place in which human beings could live. Such misunderstandings often lead to objections to the way the universe was designed, when a proper understanding of theology explains the "why" of the characteristics that make up the universe.
Included in the why questions are Why is the universe 1) so large, 2) so old, 3) so dark, 4) so entropic, etc. Probably the most asked question is why didn't God create a perfect universe now. The Bible provides at least 11 main reasons why the universe was created the way it was before God creates the perfect new creation.
Hugh Ross' latest book is an excellent integration of biblical theology with the latest scientific evidence that supports the Christian worldview and the Bible as God's revelation to humanity. It also provides answers to common skeptical questions and complaints. The book is not overly technical (but does contain endnotes for those who want additional detail), so it is recommended for all those interested in science and the Christian faith.
There are still many unanswered questions (just one example: if a human life-time is meant to teach us about love and moral choices, what does the dead child, the still-born and the brain-damaged learn?)
All in all though, he's piqued my interest (what no philosopher has managed to do - because this guy's a scientist!) and I can recommend this to people hurtling through middle-age and the twilight years, worried about merging with the other atoms and disappearing from the world. The young and the evil can afford to be sarcastic and dismissive about this stuff until the horror comes to them later.
When it comes to the universe, we often ask many why questions:
- Why does it has the properties that it has?
- Why it is so vast?
- Why did it come into existence?
- Why is it so old?
- Why does it appear that we are alone?
- Why is the something instead of something?
- Why am I here?
In the book, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is, by Hugh Ross, some of these questions are addressed. Dr. Ross is the founder of Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization that holds the Bible to be true while not rejecting the valid scientific observations of the natural universe. While the book covers many scientific topics, its main focus is framing these topics within a Christian worldview, specifically RTB's testable creation model.
The chapters are arranged by "Why" questions, discussing why a Creator might have created a universe with these characteristics. A couple of the more interesting questions concern whether or not we live in a perfect universe or if the Garden in Eden was a perfect paradise. Is this universe design for human pleasure, or is there a higher meaning and purpose? Is this universe all there is and is this cosmos doomed to eventually decay and die? What is the ultimate destiny of the universe and humanity? All these questions, and more, are addressed.
I don't recommend this book for those who are not open to thinking about "Why" questions. However, for those that want to discover meaning in life and beyond, I recommend this book.
This is a "must-have" for any Christian apologist.