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The SCIENCE OF GOD Hardcover – Nov 10 1997

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Free Press (Nov. 10 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684837366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684837369
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a scientist in an ongoing search for truth, I have been disappointed by ham-handed efforts of the creation crowd to cling to extreme minority viewpoints of credentialed scientists from diverse fields of science that would collectively be required to support a *literal* interpretation of Genesis. Similarly, I have been mystified by scientists who reflexively dismiss the idea of some kind of intelligent design outright by way of circular reasoning, arguing that since intelligent design can never be disproven, it is not scientific and thus could not be truth, since only science can properly assess truth.
It is hard to understate, then, the moxie of Schroeder's innovative attempt to reconcile with Genesis scientifically DOMINANT paradigms (i.e. universe many billions of years old, terrestrial life hundreds of millions of years old, species variation to extensive degree by alteration or differential expression of genes). Schroeder introduces his intent thus: "In the following chapters, I attempt to avoid the subjective tendency of bending Bible to match science or science to match Bible." (softcover p.19) Whether he was successful or not is in the eye of the reader, but the explicit intent is refreshing.
This book, then, would be of particular interest to two groups:
1) Scientists who wonder how their mainstream conclusions could possibly be reconciled with ancient accounts of creation from the Hebrew Torah.
2) Jews and Christians who are discomforted by the apparent incompatability between the text of their faith versus the observed truth about our planet and universe as collected and interpreted by the VAST MAJORITY of professional scientists.
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In an effort to make the Bible and science agree, Schroeder develops a hypothesis that supposedly shows the convergence of a relativistic timeline and the creation story in Genesis. It's the centerpiece of this book. Three huge problems: 1. There are two different creation stories in Genesis, so Schroeder is at odds with one of them right off the bat. 2. He doesn't agree with the other Biblical sequence of events either. No matter how hard he tries - and he tries very hard - fungi aren't fruit trees. He should be congratulated for finding one other person from the past 4000 years who confused fungi and fruit trees, but that doesn't fly as proof. 3. His "science" isn't testable, which is a basic part of being scientific. His attempt to merge the Bible and science in this way is an abject failure.
What you're left with is Schoeder's theology - a non-Biblical, non-scientific theology that is completely irrelevant to those who understand science or study the Bible. It's just his theology, nothing more.
Basic logic also presents problems for Schroeder. He insists on calculating probabilities for past events (quick - what is the probability that the Buccaneers won the January 2003 Super Bowl? Logical people would say 100%. Schoeder would calculate a non-100% value). If you pile enough illogical statistics together, you can show how unlikely anything is.
I suppose this book is relevant to Schroeder, his publisher, and people who can ignore its failures in logic, Biblical interpretation, and science. Look elsewhere for wisdom.
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Schroeder's knowledge of evolutionary biology is shockingly incomplete. He repeatedly argues against Darwinian gradualism, completely ignoring punctuated equilibrium and other lessons from the last hundred years. He really should get a copy of Gould's _Wonderful_Life_, since it would help clarify his many misconceptions about the Burgess Shale. Maybe a copy of _Structure of Evolutionary Theory_ would help too.
Schoeder's forays into relativity are just as misguided, relying on consistent changes in gravity and velocity that have no scientific merit and completely ignoring that the velocity of universal expansion is increasing. He also ignores the future implications of continuing his trends. And while he's at it, he ignores the ways in which other parts of the Bible contradict his timeline.
He cites peer-reviewed journals and respected scientists, but do not be fooled - this book is not a peer-reviewed journal. Compounding his many other errors, Schoeder continually estimates the statistical likelihood of events AFTER they have happened - a meaningless exercise. This book is an exercise in faith, not logic.
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"The Science of God" is another example of the combination of wishful thinking and poor scholarship.
One example of this is Schroeder's misleading characterization of Richard Dawkins. Schroeder dismisses Darwinian evolution (as presented by Dawkins in "The Blind Watchmaker") by claiming that randomness cannot generate meaningful order. In dismissing Dawkins, he states, "Convergent evolution by random mutations of the DNA nucleotides becomes statistically so highly improbable as to be functionally impossible."
In fact, Dawkins never claims that ramdomness is the primary driving force in evolution. In "The Blind Watchmaker," page 49, Dawkins states unequivocally, "Chance is a minor ingredient in the Darwinian recipe, but the most important ingredient is cumulative selection which is quintessentially nonrandom."
Schroeder, in beginning with a cherished position and then elaborately constructing a shaky supporting framework by setting up a straw man in Richard Dawkins, does a disservice to both science and religion.
"The Science of God" does not deserve any stars, but one star was the bottom choice. "The Blind Watchmaker," on the other hand is a delight to read and qualifies as "real science." I recommend you read that instead.
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