Saturday, November 29, 2008

Why the Universe is the Way it is by Hugh Ross

Ross is an astrophysicist, old earth creationist, and is passionate about proclaiming that our universe is one with purpose. In his latest book, he looks at the vastness of the universe, its age, its physical properties, and shows why all of these factors point to a universe created by God with purpose for man. Ross agrees with the scientific data regarding the age of the earth (and the universe) so he does not irritate other scientists (much to the dismay, I am sure, of young earth creationists) with his message.
Ross gives some thoughts as to how God relates to His created universe. God's interaction with our universe may be likened to another dimension (of infinite dimension) intersecting our space-time continuum.
The second half of Ross's book is a look at the Bible and what it has to say about our universe. His thoughts on heaven based on physical laws compared with biblical descriptions is fascinating. Which laws will still exist (such as time - there will still be cause and effect relationships) and which will not (like the Second Law of Thermodynamics).
Ross has a great deal of insight regarding how the latest in scientific discoveries add evidence to the idea of mankind living in a God created and God purposed universe. This book would be a good choice to loan to a scientifically oriented friend to then begin a discussion about the existence and character of God.
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