Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

Stephen M Barr

A enormous quantity of public debate and media print has been dedicated to the “war among technological know-how and religion.” In his available and eminently readable new booklet, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what's fairly at battle with faith isn't really technology itself, yet a philosophy known as clinical materialism. Modern Physics and historical Faith argues that the good discoveries of contemporary physics are extra suitable with the imperative teachings of Christianity and Judaism approximately God, the cosmos, and the human soul than with the atheistic point of view of medical materialism.

Scientific materialism grew out of clinical discoveries made of the time of Copernicus as much as the start of the 20 th century. those discoveries led many considerate humans to the belief that the universe has no reason or goal, that the human race is an unintentional derivative of blind fabric forces, and that the final word truth is topic itself. Barr contends that the progressive discoveries of the 20th century run counter to this line of concept. He makes use of 5 of those discoveries—the significant Bang concept, unified box theories, anthropic coincidences, Gödel’s Theorem in arithmetic, and quantum theory—to solid severe doubt at the materialist’s view of the realm and to provide better credence to Judeo-Christian claims approximately God and the universe.
Written in transparent language, Barr’s rigorous and reasonable textual content explains glossy physics to normal readers with out oversimplification. utilizing the insights of contemporary physics, he unearths that smooth medical discoveries and spiritual religion are deeply consonant. an individual with an curiosity in technology and faith will locate Modern Physics and historic Faith invaluable.
“A sleek physicist who writes with striking readability and verve, and knows the highbrow arguments lengthy utilized by the traditional faiths, Stephen Barr provides a super protection of the integrity of technological know-how within the enamel of its strongest smooth bias, through telling the fascinating tale of the increase, complacency, and fall of clinical materialism. As his tale crackles alongside, and simply on the aspect of attaining quite tough recommendations, he has a knack for inventing illustrations that make one's internal mild bulbs flash back and again.” —Michael Novak, Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for development in Religion
“Barr has produced an excellent and authoritative security of Biblical religion within the gentle of up to date technology. He perceives a major clash, now not among glossy physics and historic religion, yet among faith and materialism. I understand of no different publication that makes the case opposed to materialism so lucidly, truthfully, and deftly.” —Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian heart for Astrophysics
“Written from the perspective of an finished physicist, this booklet is a useful contribution to the transforming into curiosity within the courting among technology and faith. The arguments are conscientiously logical and the documentation is excellent.” —Robert Scherrer, Ohio country University

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