The God Who Would Be Known: Revelations of the Divine in Contemporary Science

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Probing the philosophical and theological impact of scientific discoveries, the authors urge the reader to adopt an analytical and open posture toward both science and religion.

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"This is a book about signals of transcendence," the authors write, "about pointers to the Infinite that are coming to us not from mystics but instead through the most recent findings of science. The God of Scripture, of historic Judaism and Christianity is essentially unknown to modern humankind. The images of an earlier generation have been largely distorted to portray God as an indulgent grandfather or an angry judge, and neither seems to have any relevance to a technological society."

Once, many believed that science would provide a description of the universe that would make religion obsolete. Theologians, for their part, had adopted a largely defensive posture, representing themselves as defenders of the faith "once-for-all delivered," assuming the progress of science offered nothing to theology.

Here, internationally renowned investor John Marks Templeton, along with distinguished scientist Robert L. Herrmann, unfold the wonderful irony of the situation as they depict a world where God is revealing himself - through science - at an ever-increasing pace. This outstanding work probes many aspects of scientific discovery and examines their philosophical and theological impact. Positive in tone, it seeks to preserve the mystery and wonder of our universe and emphasizes the potential blessing intended by the God who plans and oversees it. The future holds great promise, the authors believe, especially if we adopt an analytical and open posture toward both nature and Scripture. "The book of God's works," as Francis Bacon called natural science, can tell us a great deal more about "the book of God's words."

John Marks Templeton has been described by The New York Times Magazine, as "the dean of global investing", and is the founder of the Templeton group of mutual funds. He retired in 1992 and now devotes his time to philanthropic activities, principally via the John Templeton Foundation, which is dedicated to progress in the areas of science and religion, spirituality and health, moral education and the appreciation of freedom, free markets and free societies.

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