Gerald Schroeder, an MIT-trained scientist who has worked in both physics and biology, has emerged in recent years as one of the most popular and accessible apostles for the melding of science and religion. He first reconciled science and faith as different perspectives on a single whole in The Science of God. Now, in The Hidden Face of God, Schroeder takes a bold step forward, to show that science, properly understood, provides positive reasons for faith. Recent research in biology, chemistry, physics and neuroscience contains unmistakable hints about the ultimate nature of reality. Simply put, now we know not only that behind matter lies energy, but also that behind energy lies wisdom. Scientists have touched on this wisdom in the laboratory, and its implications are indeed awesome.
From the wisdom encoded in DNA and analyzed by information science, to the wisdom unveiled in the fantastic complexity of cellular life, to the wisdom inherent in human consciousness, The Hidden Face of God offers a tour of the best of modern science. Schroeder makes no attempt to prove the existence of God, but his interpretations of the work of his fellow scientists touch do bring life's ultimate mysteries to the forefront, and his observations on the organization of organic life, the power of humans to make sense of their sensory inputs, and the complexities of the DNA code show that life does indeed have a purpose that transcends purely physical explanations. Throughout this book, Schroeder addresses three great themes: the question of first causes (i.e., where do the laws of nature come from?); the inseparability of mind and matter; and the philosophical problem of design. And he reminds us that the presence and involvement of a designer does not necessarily imply perfection, especially perfection that is limited to our view of what a perfect universe would look like.
This book will open your eyes to a world where science and religion are more unified than many would believe. It may also cause skeptics to reevaluate their deepest beliefs about the nature of reality.
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