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The Physics of Christianity

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A highly respected physicist demonstrates that the essential beliefs of Christianity are wholly consistent with the laws of physics.

Frank Tipler takes an exciting new approach to the age-old dispute about the relationship between science and religion in The Physics of Christianity. In reviewing centuries of writings and discussions, Tipler realized that in all the debate a
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Image (first published 2007)
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Dec 11, 2008 Jedidiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, nonfiction
Fascinating book, even though I disagreed with a large chunk of it. For starters, if Tipler's view of the eventual Resurrection is correct (that is, every person who ever lived will be resurrected as a computer simulation in the Omega Point and then placed in a simulated environment where all "bad things" are removed), of what use is being a Christian, or making good moral choices? Tipler also appears to take some Biblical passages very literally (the star of Bethlehem is stressed as being an ac ...more
Benjamin Spurlock
Whether you agree with Dr. Tipler or not, it's impossible to deny that he makes a very evocative narrative of the Christian faith and the future of science. That this book is so roundly criticized by both camps is, I believe, more a statement of the shameful and false dichotomy of modern society, rather than a charge against Dr. Tipler himself.

While I myself find myself in disagreement with some points, he has given me a great deal of food for thought, and thus, I find myself almost forced to g
Neelesh Marik
Tipler acknowledges that he is a 'Physics Fundamentalist'. Using the principles of five fundamental physical laws: quantum mechanics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, general relativity, quantum cosmology and the Standard Model of Particle Physics, he validates several 'Christian' contentions which were hitherto in the domain of miracles. Namely the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth of Jesus, and the Resurrection. Using an arresting blend of scientific and mathematical logic, Tipler also throws pro ...more
Certainly an interesting book, but I got the overwhelming impression that the author was trying too hard to make his beliefs about Christianity and physics fit together perfectly.

I was also surprised that there was absolutely no mention of Hell, given that that seems to be a fairly important concept to most versions of Christianity. Perhaps he covers that topic in his previous book, The Physics of Immortality?

That said, there were a couple of interesting (to me, anyway) discussions about the na
Jul 13, 2009 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A seriously deceptive piece of shit. Tipler often mixes and relates completely different principles in physics to deceive the reader and lead the reader to his very flawed conclusions. Absolute bullshit and not worthy as study in physics or theological thought.
A reader would benefit far more from reading The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios or The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss.
Aug 22, 2012 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To summarize this book is to use the author's quote "The cosmological Singularity is God".
Maurizio Codogno
È una sorta di par condicio. Avendo letto a suo tempo (e non apprezzato per nulla...) Il Tao della fisica di Fritjof Capra con l'associazione delle religioni orientali alla fisica contemporanea, mi è sembrato interessante vedere l'altra campana religiosa: la fisica vista dagli occhi di un cristiano, o meglio il cristianesimo visto dal punto di vista di un fisico. Frank Tipler, l'autore di questo libro è noto per aver scritto con John Barrow Il principio antropico, e questa è la sua seconda opera ...more
Amanda Wulf
Dec 14, 2015 Amanda Wulf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the very incarnation of picking your conclusion, then cherry-picking evidence to support it. It relies on a flawed understanding of the Bible to make its tenuous points (taking Revelation literally, not acknowledging that the disciples expected Jesus to come back in their lifetime, etc). I also got the impression he might have been cherry-picking the physics to support his arguments as well, though I don't know enough physics to be sure on that.
Feb 07, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
Frank J. Tipler has clearly watched and/or read too much science fiction. In this book Tipler proposes that every human shall live again by being re-created as robots/AIs. That God is the Cosmological Singularity and Jesus was born of a virgin and had xx genes. I feel that the title is very misleading and if I had known what the book was proposing I would have never picked it up.
Aug 20, 2011 Wally rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
I find the parts about physics interesting, and consider Christianity a matter of faith (not physics). By trying to unite the two the author loses credibility in my mind. For a good laugh, read the last paragraph of each chapter!
Sep 14, 2009 Jef rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multnomah
Based on his Physics of Immortality, this book goes even further and states boldly that there can be no other conclusion from General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics than that Christianity is all true. He calls scientist who reject his conclusions heretics.
Ray A.
I found this book too technical and not accessible to the lay reader and thus cannot rate or recommend it.
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Sep 02, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blew my mind. I'd love for a phycisist friend to read it so we can discuss.
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Frank Jennings Tipler is a mathematical physicist and cosmologist, holding a joint appointment in the Departments of Mathematics and Physics at Tulane University.
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