The Return of the God Hypothesis

The Return of the God Hypothesis
Author: Stephen C. Meyer
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062071505
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Release: 2019-08-20
Editor: HarperOne
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Darwin’s Doubt and Intelligent Design scholar presents groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology. In 2004, Stephen C. Meyer, one of the preeminent scientists studying the origins of life, ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed article advancing the theory of Intelligent Design. Then, in his two bestselling books, Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, he helped unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address: how did life begin? and offered further scientific proof to bolster his arguments on the history of life and our origins, concluding that life was designed. In those previous books, Meyer purposely refrained from attempting to answer questions about “who” might have designed life. Now, in The Return of the God Hypothesis, he brings his ideas full circle, providing a reasoned and evidence-based answer to the ultimate mystery of the universe, drawn from recent scientific discoveries in physics, cosmology, and biology. Meyer uses three scientific points to refute popular arguments put forward by the “New Atheists” against the existence of God: The evidence from cosmology showing that the material universe had a beginning. The evidence from physics showing that, from the beginning, the universe was been “finely tuned” to allow for the possibility of life. The evidence from biology showing that since the universe came into being, large amounts of genetic information present in DNA must have arisen to make life possible. In analyzing the evidence from these three fields, Meyer reveals how the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind—but the existence of a theistic creator.

Return of the God Hypothesis

Return of the God Hypothesis
Author: Stephen C. Meyer
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9780062071521
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Release: 2021-03-30
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Darwin’s Doubt and Intelligent Design scholar presents groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology. Beginning in the late 19th century, many intellectuals began to insist that scientific knowledge conflicts with traditional theistic belief—that science and belief in God are “at war.” Philosopher of science Stephen Meyer challenges this view by examining three scientific discoveries with decidedly theistic implications. Building on the case for the intelligent design of life that he developed in Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, Meyer demonstrates how discoveries in cosmology and physics coupled with those in biology help to establish the identity of the designing intelligence behind life and the universe. Meyer argues that theism — with its affirmation of a transcendent, intelligent and active creator — best explains the evidence we have concerning biological and cosmological origins. Previously Meyer refrained from attempting to answer questions about “who” might have designed life. Now he provides an evidence-based answer to perhaps the ultimate mystery of the universe. In so doing, he reveals a stunning conclusion: the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind—but the existence of a personal God.

Darwin s Doubt

Darwin s Doubt
Author: Stephen C. Meyer
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9780062071491
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Release: 2013-06-18
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms. Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

God The Failed Hypothesis

God  The Failed Hypothesis
Author: Victor J. Stenger
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9781615920037
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Release: 2010-08-05
Editor: Prometheus Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality. This book contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans. Treating the traditional God concept, as conventionally presented in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions, like any other scientific hypothesis, physicist Stenger examines all of the claims made for God's existence. He considers the latest Intelligent Design arguments as evidence of God's influence in biology. He looks at human behavior for evidence of immaterial souls and the possible effects of prayer. He discusses the findings of physics and astronomy in weighing the suggestions that the universe is the work of a creator and that humans are God's special creation. After evaluating all the scientific evidence, Stenger concludes that beyond a reasonable doubt the universe and life appear exactly as we might expect if there were no God. This paperback edition of the New York Times bestselling hardcover edition contains a new foreword by Christopher Hitchens and a postscript by the author in which he responds to reviewers' criticisms of the original edition.

Signature in the Cell

Signature in the Cell
Author: Stephen C. Meyer
Pages: 624
ISBN: 0061894214
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Release: 2009-06-23
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Signature in the Cell is a defining work in the discussion of life’s origins and the question of whether life is a product of unthinking matter or of an intelligent mind. For those who disagree with ID, the powerful case Meyer presents cannot be ignored in any honest debate. For those who may be sympathetic to ID, on the fence, or merely curious, this book is an engaging, eye-opening, and often eye-popping read” — American Spectator Named one of the top books of 2009 by the Times Literary Supplement (London), this controversial and compelling book from Dr. Stephen C. Meyer presents a convincing new case for intelligent design (ID), based on revolutionary discoveries in science and DNA. Along the way, Meyer argues that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as expounded in The Origin of Species did not, in fact, refute ID. If you enjoyed Francis Collins’s The Language of God, you’ll find much to ponder—about evolution, DNA, and intelligent design—in Signature in the Cell.

The God Delusion 10th Anniversary Edition

The God Delusion  10th Anniversary Edition
Author: Richard Dawkins
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781784161934
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Release: 2016-05-19
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

God Is Not Great

God Is Not Great
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781551991764
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Release: 2008-11-19
Editor: McClelland & Stewart
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

The God Hypothesis

The God Hypothesis
Author: Michael Anthony Corey
Pages: 347
ISBN: 0742558894
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Release: 2007-04-03
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The God Hypothesis seeks to reverse the profound misunderstanding that science has disproved the existence of God. Drawing on the fairy tale of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Michael A. Corey believes that the "just right" conditions that created life on earth provide overwhelming evidence of an Intelligent Designer at work.

Life God and Other Small Topics

Life  God  and Other Small Topics
Author: Eric Metaxas
Pages: 382
ISBN: 9780452298651
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Release: 2012
Editor: Penguin Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Following the extraordinary success of the "New York Times" bestseller "Bonhoeffer," Metaxas' latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thoughts about the great questions surrounding us all today.

Ordinary

Ordinary
Author: Michael Horton
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780310517382
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Release: 2014-10-07
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a “next-best-thing,” if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom—the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be “ordinary.” Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace. Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.

The God Hypothesis

The God Hypothesis
Author: Joe Lewels
Pages: 331
ISBN: PSU:000049899818
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Release: 1997
Editor: Wild Flower Press (Granite)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The God Hypothesis offers a bold look at the alien abduction phenomena and challenges not only commonly accepted UFO theories, but also the modern theological and scientific consensus views of reality. By thoroughly examining evidence from various scientific disciplines, Dr. Lewels presents a compelling case for the reality of UFOs and their connection to the major religions of the world. In so doing, he causes us to re-examine our own spiritual and religious beliefs and to see the Bible through modern, scientific eyesa view that demystifies the ancient texts and reveals the true origins of the human race and its proper place in the hierarchy of intelligent life in the universe. Lewels sees the UFO enigma as part of the process of human evolution, in the physical sense as well as in the spiritual. He proposes a solution that crosses the line between the physical, material world and that spiritual dimension where quantum physics tells us that time and space cease to exist.

Mind and Cosmos

Mind and Cosmos
Author: Thomas Nagel
Pages: 130
ISBN: 9780199919758
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Release: 2012-11-22
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete. And the cosmological history that led to the origin of life and the coming into existence of the conditions for evolution cannot be a merely materialist history, either. An adequate conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such. Nagel's skepticism is not based on religious belief or on a belief in any definite alternative. InMind and Cosmos, he does suggest that if the materialist account is wrong, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological rather than mechanistic. In spite of the great achievements of the physical sciences, reductive materialism is a world view ripe for displacement. Nagel shows that to recognize its limits is the first step in looking for alternatives, or at least in being open to their possibility.

Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation
Author: Sam Harris
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780307265777
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Release: 2006
Editor: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Argues that the increasing power of Christian fundamentalists in American politics threatens the country's citizens, blames the Bible for promoting intolerance of other faiths, and describes atheism as "an admission of the obvious."

Summary of Stephen C Meyer s Return of the God Hypothesis

Summary of Stephen C  Meyer s Return of the God Hypothesis
Author: Milkyway Media
Pages: 329
ISBN:
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Release: 2021-06-17
Editor: Milkyway Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Buy now to get the key takeaways from Stephen C. Meyer's Return of the God Hypothesis. Sample Key Takeaways: 1) As evolutionary science has progressed, the room for religious belief has continuously shrunk, undermining belief in an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God. 2) Since the late 1800s, important voices in Western culture have testified to the "death of God," including philosophers, scientists, historians, artists, and writers.

God and the New Physics

God and the New Physics
Author: Paul Davies
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780141962726
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Release: 2006-09-28
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An explanation of how recent discoveries of the new physics are revolutionizing our view of the world and, in particular, throwing light on many of the questions formerly posed by religion

Theistic Evolution

Theistic Evolution
Author: J. P. Moreland,Stephen C. Meyer,Christopher Shaw,Ann K. Gauger,Wayne Grudem
Pages: 1008
ISBN: 9781433552892
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Release: 2017-11-15
Editor: Crossway
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Many prominent Christians insist that the church must yield to contemporary evolutionary theory and therefore modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life. They argue that God used—albeit in an undetectable way—evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life. Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume contests this proposal, documenting evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution—making it the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced.

Nature s Destiny

Nature s Destiny
Author: Michael Denton
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780743237628
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Release: 2002-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Argues that the universe was configured to give rise to an intelligent species of life forms, namely human beings.

Why Science Does Not Disprove God

Why Science Does Not Disprove God
Author: Amir Aczel
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062230614
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Release: 2014-04-15
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The renowned science writer, mathematician, and bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive. A highly publicized coterie of scientists and thinkers, including Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Lawrence Krauss, have vehemently contended that breakthroughs in modern science have disproven the existence of God, asserting that we must accept that the creation of the universe came out of nothing, that religion is evil, that evolution fully explains the dazzling complexity of life, and more. In this much-needed book, science journalist Amir Aczel profoundly disagrees and conclusively demonstrates that science has not, as yet, provided any definitive proof refuting the existence of God. Why Science Does Not Disprove God is his brilliant and incisive analyses of the theories and findings of such titans as Albert Einstein, Roger Penrose, Alan Guth, and Charles Darwin, all of whose major breakthroughs leave open the possibility— and even the strong likelihood—of a Creator. Bolstering his argument, Aczel lucidly discourses on arcane aspects of physics to reveal how quantum theory, the anthropic principle, the fine-tuned dance of protons and quarks, the existence of anti-matter and the theory of parallel universes, also fail to disprove God.

Return of the Strong Gods

Return of the Strong Gods
Author: R. R. Reno
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781621579083
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Release: 2019-10-15
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After the staggering slaughter of back-to-back world wars, the West embraced the ideal of the “open society.” The promise: By liberating ourselves from the old attachments to nation, clan, and religion that had fueled centuries of violence, we could build a prosperous world without borders, freed from dogmas and managed by experts. But the populism and nationalism that are upending politics in America and Europe are a sign that after three generations, the postwar consensus is breaking down. With compelling insight, R. R. Reno argues that we are witnessing the return of the “strong gods”—the powerful loyalties that bind men to their homeland and to one another. Reacting to the calamitous first half of the twentieth century, our political, cultural, and financial elites promoted open borders, open markets, and open minds. But this never-ending project of openness has hardened into a set of anti-dogmatic dogmas which destroy the social solidarity rooted in family, faith, and nation. While they worry about the return of fascism, our societies are dissolving. But man will not tolerate social dissolution indefinitely. He longs to be part of a “we”—the fruit of shared loves—which gives his life meaning. The strong gods will return, Reno warns, in one form or another. Our task is to attend to those that, appealing to our reason as well as our hearts, inspire the best of our traditions. Otherwise, we shall invite the darker gods whose return our open society was intended to forestall.

Revelation

Revelation
Author: Anonim
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780857861016
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Release: 1999-01-01
Editor: Canongate Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.