Science and Christianity:  Conflict or Coherence?

by Henry F. Schaefer, The Apollos Trust Publisher, Watkinsville, GA,
 2004, 208 pages, $15.00 (paperback), ISBN 0-9742975-0-X

The media like to give the American public the impression that those who believe in God are uneducated untrained laymen who know nothing about science or the way the world works.  There are many brilliant men and women who hold advanced degrees in science, and who are leaders in their field and who also believe in God and in Jesus Christ as His Son.  We work hard in this journal to bring these individuals to the attention of our readers and to show those who will listen what a wealth of positive information there is for the existence of God and for the validity of the Christian system.

One of the most brilliant of the individuals I have just described is Dr. Henry Schaefer.  A graduate of MIT where he got his BS and Stanford where he got his Ph.D., Dr. Schaefer, who has been nominated for a Nobel prize five times, received the four highest awards of the American Chemical Society, been awarded the Centenary Medal by London's Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a highly sought-after lecturer world-wide.  He is a professor at the University of Georgia after a successful career at the University of California at Berkeley.

This book is drawn from a lecture series that Dr. Schaefer has given at Berkeley and dozens of universities throughout the world.  These lectures deal with a wide range of subjects, and so does this book. The chapter titles give you a good picture of what the book contains.  They are:  Scientists and Their Gods; The Nondebate with Steve Weinberg; The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God; Climbing Mount Improbable: Evolutionary Science or Wishful Thinking; Quantum Mechanics and Postmodernism; C.S. Lewis on Science and Scientism; The Ten Questions Intellectuals Ask about Christianity; From Berkeley Professor to Christian; and The Way of Discovery.

This is a very relevant book.  It has a very useful index and thus can be used as a reference work.  Schaeffer takes on Richard Dawkins, Stephen Weinberg, and other famous atheists and does a good job of handling their arguments.  He is easy to understand, but not simplistic.  He follows C.S. Lewis closely and avoids getting into doctrinal issues to any major extent.  The book can be given to college students and high school students alike.  It is an outstanding work, and we recommend it highly.

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