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The Galileo Connection

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The church disagreed with Galileo. That set off a controversy that rages on today. The passion remains but the issues have changed and the arguments have become more complex. Do miracles conflict with scientific laws? How did the universe begin? Does the creation story in Genesis conflict with evolution? Hummel sets these controversies in historical perspective by telling ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 17th 1986 by IVP Books (first published March 1986)
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Dec 07, 2012 Zach rated it liked it
Decent read. The best part of the book for me was the historical part of the book. Really enjoyed the profiles on Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Really worth your time, especially if you want to understand the difference between how we think today and how people thought before the 17th century. The interpreting bible section (the 2nd half of the book essentially) was a little bit more difficult to get through. After learning that formal scientific arguments are a new way of expressing a ...more
Abigail Hartman
Feb 27, 2012 Abigail Hartman rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity, science
An interesting survey of the relationship between science and theology, both past and present. I found his chapters on the Genesis account and on biblical interpretation particularly thorough, and I appreciated Hummel's stance on the fruitlessness of Christianity's method of fighting evolutionist theory. I did grow a little leery after Hummel began illustrating the common elements of theology and modern science and I do not think I agreed with all his points at the end. Still, it was a good read ...more
Ron Christiansen
Jan 29, 2012 Ron Christiansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf
I took many notes on 4x6 cards while reading this. I remember when I read it I was trying to reconcile my own faith and science. Once interesting quote I noted was "science is not an alternative to God but only a codification." Hmm, not so sure I'd buy that now.

Was probably my first introduction into the details of Newton.
Brigit Kirkpatrick
Sep 07, 2012 Brigit Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it
Fairly understandable for those of us who are not gifted in the science region, and Hummel makes strong arguments for reconsidering the relationship between Christianity and Science.
Apr 26, 2008 Emiko rated it it was amazing
Gives a great perspective of the historical pendulum swing concerning Science and the Church.
Craig Mattson
Dec 11, 2012 Craig Mattson rated it really liked it
Good history, a bit dry.
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