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God According to God: A Physicist Proves We've Been Wrong About God All Along

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In this groundbreaking exploration, a biblical scholar and M.I.T.-trained physicist combines decades of research to change the debate between religion and science, presenting a new paradigm of how to understand God.

Gerald Schroeder has spent his career revealing the hand of God in the intricate discoveries of physics. Now, for the first time, he turns his attention to this
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by HarperOne (first published 2009)
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Moataz Harb
I'm going to write my review as I read;
1- In chapter "one" of his book the author talked about how a communist Russia made terrible things to its own people while their leaders and the party discarded God. I understood from what he wrote that they became atheists so they did bad things to humanity because they've no morality or no guidance for what is right and what is wrong!. Well, What about Hitler and the Nazis they had the cross right on their flag and yet when we speak of the world war II w
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Bob Grommes
As a physicist who also has a deep knowledge of the Old Testament, Schroeder has been an influential thinker. His basic thesis is that god is not infallible, but an evolving, mostly hands-off Mind that undergirds existence. Not exactly the clock maker who abandoned his clock, not exactly impersonal, but close enough for practical purposes.

In fact the main flaw of this book is that it completely fails to demonstrate how such a god is different from no god at all -- how such a god would be relevan
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Johnny
Building from the thesis expounded by J. A. Wheeler, Shouchang Zhang, Anton Zeilinger, and Ed Fredkin that matter originates from a substrata of information, physicist Gerald L. Schroeder ties those sub-atomic “bits” to the biblical idea that God created the earth out of “wisdom.” (p. 226) Schroeder, as one might presume from his earlier work, Genesis and the Big Bang, is a huge proponent of the big bang theory and an expanding universe. Within that understanding, he observes that everything beg ...more
Logophile
The title is misleading— nothing is proved. However, the book presents another lens through which to examine the divine and our assumptions and understanding. If you are an atheist, I doubt this book will change your mind. If you believe modern, western Christianity has it all nailed down then you will probably have major issues with the book.
Rob the Obscure
This book was simply bad. It started out questionable, moved to weak, and ended up a waste of time.

Basically, the problem lies in very poor reasoning, and the inability to get past one's own personal faith position when writing a book that is obviously meant to appeal to a varied audience of intelligent readers.

If one already believes the basic premise that underlies this book, then they will inevitably find Schroeder's arguments to be sound and insightful. Of course, that is really not the poi
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Linda Gunderman
By far one of the best books I have read. Admittedly it can be physics heavy, I had to re-read many parts in order to follow the author, but that is due only to my lack of understanding in the field. However, Dr. Schroeder has taught me greatly with his books. I would love to have been a student of his and he is definitely on my “persons I would love to meet” list. It also makes the top ten of my “required reading for” all list
Kirsten
This book was very difficult for me to rate. No doubt Dr. Schroeder is qualified to discuss both cosmology and the Torah, but as a scientist, I wanted more science and as a Christian, I found his psychoanalysis of the Biblical events annoying. Without a proper understanding of Christ and the New Testament, this book falls short of what it could be.
Martin
Schroeder comes about as close as anyone has in explaining my opinion of God and His functioning. Close, but not all the way. It seems no one does, and it seems that if I'm to find a book that is exactly in confluence, I am going to have to be the writer. There's much pseudo-profundity here in the style of Rav Soloveitchik, and Schroeder teases out lessons about G-d's mercy by treating the bible as a linear treatise. Unfortunately, it isn't, whether you're ultra-orthodox or a secular biblical sc ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
I hate it when they put "physicist" in the title to make you think that the author will naturally be forced to throw a bit of science into it. He apparently felt uncompelled to do any serious writing from a scientific point of view in my opinion and what he did contribute (more specifically his thoughts on cosmology) was both severely outdated even for the books publishing date and altogether pointless. On the other hand I love the Hebrew language and I did learn a few Hebrew words that I found ...more
Larry
Some interesting views about God. Despite basing its arguments mainly in the Torah and ancients Jewish commentators, the author's view of God is not a traditional one. For him, God has been also learning how to deal and how to relate with His creation, specially us, humans. We are "partners" of God in keeping His creation.

One of the most interesting parts is the argument in favour of the existence of a metaphysical world based in modern physics discoveries. Wisdom precedes energy and material w
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Charles Moffat
Amazing book!! A must read!!
Ed Taylor
A very interesting read but very time consuming because of the detail of scientific and biblical research. He suggests how God fits very nicely into known science. He examines the topic of why God would allow bad things to happen and how full of grace God has been over time. He explains how the biblical version of creation meshes well with the "Big Bang" and how the ever expanding universe helps explain it.
Mark Bender


While not 100% in agreement with the authors views, I did find that this book opened my mind to an important line of thought, that being that "God" is actively working towards communicating his intentions for mankind in a process that evolving as we slowly grow in our spiritual lives. For me, this was a significant read. I am now planning to read other works by this author.
Margaret
Gerald Schroeder doesn't quantitatively know the origins of the universe any more than the rest of us, but he presents a fascinating theory here. Using both the evidence for evolution, the big bang theory, and a sound reading of the Bible, Schroeder helps religion and science dovetail together in an interesting take on the science of God.
Randy
Very scientific. Shows how through science and math it is impossible that creation was a random mutation from nothing. Makes Darwin and Hawking look like idiots...I love that part.
A very hard read.
Elliedakota
WOW! I knew most of the covenant information, but the quantum mechanics wave/particle duality hypothesis of consciousness was new to me and very intriguing.
Angelyn Schmid
essentially boils down to the question: are we just an accident?
Dianne Nowicki
Very interesting book written by a Jewish Physicist.
Ken
skimmed through - not sure if it's a worthwhile read
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Gerald L. Schroeder is a scientist, author, and lecturer, who focuses on what he perceives to be an inherent relationship between science and spirituality.

In 1965, Schroeder received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in nuclear physics and earth and planetary sciences. He worked five years on the staff of the MIT physics department. After emigrating to Israel in 1971, he was
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