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The God Who Would Be Known

Revelations of the Divine in Contemporary Science

Edited by Sir John Templeton Robert L. Herrmann

Until recently, science’s ability to describe and define our universe threatened to make religion obsolete. But the well-received hardcover edition of this book demonstrated that, increasingly, God is being revealed through science.

Now available in paperback, this positive work is for all who ponder the mystery and wonder of our universe—and the God who plans and oversees it. Probing the philosophical and theological impact of scientific discoveries, the authors urge us to adopt an analytical and open posture toward both science and religion. In the spirit of Sir Francis Bacon, this fascinating exploration shows us how “the book of God’s works” (natural science) can tell us a great deal about “the book of God’s words” (Scripture).

“We began this book with the idea that the God who has made this awesome and wonderful universe is utterly beyond our capacity to measure and yet is also the God who would be known. He has placed remarkable signs in the heavens, on Earth, and in ourselves: signals of transcendence. We conclude that this universe is here by divine plan, and that science itself, for decades a bastion of unbelief, has once again become the source of humankind’s assurance of intimate divine concern in its affairs.”
—from the authors

THE GOD WHO WOULD BE KNOWN / 1

  • SCIENCE AND DIVINITY / 1
  • PHASES OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / 2
  • CHANGING PATTERNS OF UNDERSTANDING OF CREATION / 6
  • RECENT SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS AND REVELATION OF GOD / 14
  • THE JOURNEY OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE MAGNITUDE OF GOD / 15
  • NOTES / 17

SCIENCE EXPANDS OUR UNDERSTANDING OF NATURE AND REALITY / 19

  • A SUCCESSION OF WORLDVIEWS / 19
  • MODELS OF NATURE AND REALITY / 21
  • FROM SCIENCE TO SPIRIT / 36
  • NOTES / 39

RECENT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEANING AND PURPOSE IN THE UNIVERSE/ 41

  • CURRENT SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW / 41
  • MODERN PHYSICS REVEALS AN INTELLIGIBLE TRANSCENDENT REALITY 44
  • QUANTUM MECHANICS ENDS DETERMINISM IN PHYSICS / 50
  • COMPARISON OF THE SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES REVEALS DISTINCT LEVELS OF EXPLANATION / 55
  • PROCESSES DEPEND UPON THE INTERPLAY OF CHANCE AND NECESSITY / 59
  • EVOLUTION AS INTERPLAY OF CHANCE AND NECESSITY / 62
  • NOTES / 69

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF IN THE ASTRONOMICAL AND IN THE INFINITESIMAL / 71

  • MODERN COSMOGONY OFTEN RESEMBLES BIBLICAL COSMOGONY / 71
  • DESIGN IN THE UNIVERSE / 76
  • POSSIBLE UNIQUENESS OF OUR BIOSPHERE / 79
  • UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT OUR ORIGINS / 86
  • NOTES / 90

THE VAST UNSEEN AND GENETIC REVOLUTION / 93

  • ON SEEING THE UNSEEN / 93
  • GENETIC REVOLUTION / 99
  • SCIENCE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE / 113
  • NOTES / 116

DEEP AND POWERFUL ORDERING FORCES IN THE UNIVERSE / 119

  • THE ORDERING PRINCIPLE / 119
  • HISTORICAL, CULTURAL, AND THEOLOGICAL VIEWS OF ORDER / 120
  • CONCEPTS OF ORDER / 121
  • CONTINGENCE AND CONTINGENT ORDER / 123
  • NEWTONIAN ORDER / 127
  • MODERN SCIENCE AND REVIVAL OF CONTINGENT ORDER / 129
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS POINTING TO DEEP AND POWERFUL ORDERING FORCES / 132
  • THEOLOGICAL CORRELATES TO NEW CONCEPTS OF ORDER / 143
  • NOTES / 146

THE VAST ARENA OF WORSHIP / 149

  • THE PERVASIVE SEARCH FOR HIGHER LAWS OF CONDUCT / 149
  • WORLDWIDE LAWS OF LIFE / 152
  • BREADTH OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN MODERN CULTURE / 153
  • SCIENCE OPENS A VAST FRAMEWORK OF SPIRITUAL INFORMATION / 155
  • NOTES / 169

REMARKABLE EVOLUTION OF HUMANKIND / 171

  • EVIDENCES OF DIVINE PLAN FOR HUMANKIND / 171
  • RECENT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES ON HUMAN EVOLUTION / 174
  • THE FORCE BEHIND HUMAN EVOLUTION / 194
  • NOTES / 201

MYSTERIES MULTIPLIED / 205

  • HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE / 205
  • EXAMPLES OF DEEPENING MYSTERIES / 212
  • THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS / 230
  • NOTES / 234

10 GOD AND THE FUTURE / 237

  • ACCELERATING CREATIVITY AND MEANING / 237
  • SCIENTIFIC FUTURE POSSIBILITIES / 239
  • NOTES / 242

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS / 245

INDEX / 249