The SCIENCE OF GOD Hardcover – Nov 10 1997
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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One of the most impressive books I have read on this subject matter. The author has assembled impressive facts and logic in making a case for blending creationism and science.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Been reading this on my trip. So far I love it. It is rational, sound and scientific in it's thinking. As I finish up the book I will rate again if there is any change .Published 4 months ago by Aeriol Nicols
A breath of intellectual fresh air. I struggled with the arguements given in support of the young earth concept for years, but never found a satisfactory argument given for the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wayne Ellwood
Whether or not you agree, it is certainly an interesting peprspective on Genesis and other scientific issues. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2009 by M. J.
The most charitable comment I can give to this book is that "it is a journey". More specifically, it is a torturing journey. Read morePublished on May 25 2004
Not one of his best books. I thought the hidden face of God was much better for the money. Schroeder sympathizes with the intelligent design movement and makes a compelling case... Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Ben Holcomb
While I started and finished the book convinced there is a God- so I certainly understand Schroeder zeal for the topic. Unfortunately, I took very little away from his book. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by CKE
When people talk about God and Science, they make a lot of category mistakes. For a simple example, plenty people are very concern of arguments about proving or disproving the... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004