I do not venture into book stores, I find them depressing places, all of those poor homeless books! I am pretty certain that the larger stores have an entire section titled ‘When Science Meets God’, as there seem to be a plethora of books doing the rounds on this very subject.
One of the problems with science is that much of it is beyond the comprehension of the man in the street, Chaos Theory, Strings, Dark Matter, while these are all important elements of modern science they are far beyond high school level physics. However these explorations into our physical world have revealed much about us, and directly contributed to our understanding of ‘how things work’.
At the other end of the spectrum are the religious zealots, that view science as hocus pocus and a device of Satan designed to weaken religion by casting doubt on the ‘factuality’ of the various religious texts. Most of the squabbling concerns just two words, Creation and Evolution. These two words have caused more arguments than determining whose turn it is to take the garbage out.
Personally I have no beef with science or religion, and am dumbfounded by those that do.
There are a number of scientists like Leo Kim who want to try explain that both mind sets can co-exist, science is not trying to disprove the existence of God, it is merely trying to understand the world that we live in.
Healing The Rift explores some of the areas where science and religion have their major differences in interpretation and does a good, if slightly complicated job of it. I am sure that I am like most people, I have no concept of very large numbers, I understand a hundred, I have no problem with a thousand, I can even understand one hundred thousand, which is the number of dollars I would like to be earning each year. I can understand these numbers because they have a direct correlation to my real life. But when I am faced with Billions, Trillions, I have no concept, nothing to relate them to in my life. I have read various books about the probability of life occurring out of the primordial soup of our early universe and the odds are very much against it, a concept that the religious corner use as proof that God had to have been involved.
Leo Kim quotes from a well known astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle who likened the probability of the emergence of a single-cell organism to the likelihood of a 747 self constructing itself as a result of a tornado hitting a scrap yard. Yes those are pretty long odds! Pretty much akin to the monkeys, typewriters and the Works Of William Shakespeare analogy.
There is another way of looking at it though, the universe is a pretty big place, and events were happening everywhere, and for a very long time, so it is not unreasonable that something seemingly very unlikely could occur.
Healing The Rift is by no means a light read, and delves into many areas that cross into unknown territories, the afterlife, near death experiences, and the mind, to name a few. Is it convincing? The short answer to that is that I do not know. I had no conflict between Religion and Science when I started the book, and have none now that I have finished reading it.
You can pick up your copy from Amazon. Leo Kim also has a web site with some additional thoughts.
(Originally published at Blogger News Network and reprinted with permission from the author, Simon Barrett).
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