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In The Science of God, distinguished physicist and biblical scholar Gerald Schroeder compares key events from the Old Testament with the most current findings of biochemists, paleontologists, and physicists, arguing that the latest science and a close reading of the Bible are not just compatible but interdependent. In the vein of Francis Collins's The Language of God, The

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jarrod Jenkins
In The Science of God, Gerald Schroeder takes on a tremendously difficult task: he attempts to reconcile his modern scientific knowledge with his traditional religious beliefs. One would be hard pressed to argue he doesn’t know his science considering he earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In an unusual scholarly combination, Schroeder is also well-versed in the Torah and the Jewish religious tradition. He has clearly spent a lifetime studyin ...more
Mark
Aug 17, 2008 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, scientists, religionists, polemiscists, my mother
Recommended to Mark by: my ex-fiancee's father
Schroeder desocnstructs the rift between science and religion, showing how the Bible and current theory compliment each other. Most of the conflict, he suggests, is caused by people from one camp failing to have a clear grasp of what the other camp is saying. For all his talk of leaving behind preconceived notions he makes a few errors, but for the most part his work is sound. Any rational person who thinks religionists are idiots needs to read this book. Any religious person who thinks scientis ...more
Adam Ross
Not at all a good book. Schroeder lets science take the lead over Scripture as he attempts to merge Old Earth Creationism, Six-Day Creationism, and the Big Bang through the theory of relativity. He argues that time is not a constant, so that the six days of creation were six days, but from our perspective, after time increased in speed, as 16 billion years. Some interesting things said, but ultimately his view means that Genesis, the foundation of the Bible, would have been completely misunderst ...more
Alicia
I want to say he's a hack, but he is unfortunately simply unable to think outside his sphere of spirituality. His reasoning is circular and some of what he writes contradicts other comments he makes. I am in the process of rebutting this book.
Eddie
The author takes to task both Christian fundamentalists and secular fundamentalists for their errors in relation to science. A lot of fun but sometimes the quantum physics stuff is over my head.
Matthew
This is a fantastic work that attempts to meld the teachings of the Old Testament of the Bible (and other religious texts) with modern scientific theories. Gerald Schroeder does a great job keeping the reader involved in the process.

The most fascinating part of this book to me was how the author explained how the 6 days of creation as told in the Bible actually matches up almost perfectly with the accepted ages of the universe, the earth, and life upon the earth. By applying Einstein's theory of
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Amy Lynn
This book is not exactly accessible to those blinded to the truths of science. Neither is it accessible to those steeped solely in so-called faith in the unseen. The Science of God is for the thinker with faith enough to understand and believe that science and God are complimentary in nature rather than polar opposite concepts. For anyone seeking truth, this is a must read.
Zac
the first chapter relating the 7 days of genesis to the big bang had some interesting relationships... after that, a physicist talking genetics and biology? not that is can't be done, but he should've focused on his specialty. it just got goofy after that.
Keith
Whatever ;-) This book tries to overlay science onto the book of Genesis. Author says he takes no sides, but using a Christian scripture as a basis says otherwise. It is well written, but unconvincing.
Shannon
Great comprehensive view of some seemingly surprising religious and science findings that are completely complimentary. The thing I like most about this book is that for the majority of the theological views, Schroeder uses the Talmund, Nahmainades, Rashi, and Maimonides for references. These references date back a minimum of several hundred years ago. I find these views particularly interesting because they represent biblical interpretations that claim evolution, the big bang, etc. These were n ...more
Mary-Jane
A very insightful book. I found clear descriptions and overviews of Einstein's breakthroughs in understanding matter, energy, and the universe; paleontology discoveries; age of the universe calculations; quantum mechanics; big bang theory.

Main insight: with an expanding universe, the creation in 6 24 hour days matches the 15 billion years of our universe because we look back at those days as much longer time (relativity of time).

The author challenges some traditional evolution theory, citing t
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Shayna Abrams
This is a book that actually compares physical science with biblical teachings. I read this a long time ago and have since evolved in my spiritual mentality, but this was the first book that I read on my journey to the place I am now. It enlightened me by speaking to sense of reality as opposed to trying to relay hard to understand (and sometimes accept) spiritual conceptions. Even those that are waivering between belief in a Creator or not will have hard time disputing some of the solid argumen ...more
Mike Harmon
This book attempts to explain how modern scientific theory has the potential to blend with the Old Testament Bible. Another reviewer described it best as, "for the thinker with faith enough to understand and believe that science and God are complimentary in nature rather than polar opposite concepts." It is not a book for either Christian or secular fundamentalists who aren't prepared or willing to think.
Wesley Wade
Let me start here: I am a Christian. I love science. I do not see how these things do not go together, and why there is so much argument about being content with scientific explanations and simultaneously loving God. If you fall into that boat, or if you are agnostic, atheist, or another religion curious about Christianity, you will enjoy this book. If you are a Christian that cannot stand to read anything about evolution, the Earth being older than 10K years, and... well.. science, then you won ...more
Joseph Gambin
Schroeder takes on both the religious fundamentalists as well as the scientific ones in this book. He explains that the biblical book if Genesis and science are not giving fundamentally different explanations of the creation of the universe. He criticizes those who think the world is only 6000 years old as well as those who believe that science has disproven the bible.

We'll grounded in both the natural sciences as well as Jewish theology Schroeder provides an easy to read explanation on why mode
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Don Gubler
There could be a synergy of science and religion and you might even find some of it here but it is still apologetic in nature rather than cooperative.
Scott Shipp
You should read it. Though you may not agree with it (I didn't), it is a worthwhile perspective.
David Rullo
I feel like some interesting ideas were presented but this reminded more of a first or maybe second draft rather than a final version. What do I mean by that? Ideas were presented, an outline of a defense was usually presented and that was it. There weren't any final conclusions, there weren't any real defenses of ideas, they were just presented and then left to hang out there. Schroeder starts talking about evolution but never really states whether he agrees with it or not (it appears he doesn' ...more
Lee Harmon
This book has sold a lot of copies and generated a lot of discussion since its publication in 1997, but it really just didn’t do it for me. Schroeder’s premise is that Bible thumpers and secular scientists need to put their heads together, compromise a little here and there, and realize that the Bible story goes hand-in-hand with 20th-century scientific discovery.

That means the seven-day creation story is true (Einstein’s theory of relativity helped us out a little on this topic) by measuring ti
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John Martindale
Schroeder claimed they've found micro-fossils of algae and bacteria that date from 3.5 billion years ago and organic carbon that is 3.8 billion years old, which he says corresponds to around the time they believe the earth cooled enough to support life. Therefore, he points out that there were no billions of years for (lightening created?) amino acids to randomly amalgamate into life. The idea is that the moment the earth was cool enough, there was life. After this he claimed there is no fossil ...more
Josh Hanke
Gerald Schroeder applies Einstein's Theory of Relativity to reconcile the billions of science years and the Biblical six days it took from the big bang/creation to human life/Adam. Time has been proven relative to one's gravity and velocity and thus during the big bang the universe's gravity and velocity were magnitudes different than when man came into existence. This is how billions of our years could fit within a few hours during the universe's transition through the Biblical account of the s ...more
James
Schroeder here presents the most thorough argument for Old-Earth Creationism that I have ever heard of. The Science of God is very similar to Francis Collins's The Language of God (see my review), in that an apologetic element is conspicuously at work. Schroder succeeds moderately more than Collins does.



Good: 1) An amazing mathematical reconciliation of OEC and YEC universe timelines according to quantum physics, specifically due to the nature of space-time. 2) An above average refutation of det
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Alvin Franzmeier
I'm a great Schroeder fan. He forces me to take a very, very careful look at the text of the Bible—for him the O.T.

I loved his previous Genesis and the Big Bang. It fascinated me to see this pious Jew and former MIT prof say here, "it is instructive to note that Ussher's and Keppler's calculations of an approximately six-thousand-year-old universe are infintely closer to our current estimate of time since the big bang than was either Aristotle's opinion of that of two thirds of the leading U.S.
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DocHolidavid
Not necessarily an easy read. Some knowledge of science, math and Bible helps.

Showing a close relationship between creation and evolution, distinguished physicist and biblical scholar Gerald L. Schroeder succinctly argues Natural Law, The Word, Adam and Eve, Genesis’ six days of creation vs. fifteen billion years of evolution, omnipotent God vs. free will, and how wisdom became matter. He bolsters his arguments with Rashi (1000s) , Maimonides (1100s), Nahmanides (1200s), the Talmud, Torah, Bi
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Alex
"The Science of God" by Gerald L. Schroeder is real good. He seems to focus on the science and that makes sense since he is a scientist, but he also addresses religion and cites specific Biblical passages. I am grateful for that since I've always believed that the religious texts make room for science. The disagreement between science and religion is mostly due to dogma built up over the centuries. When one goes back to the original texts (in Hebrew, not English) one sees subtle hints that think ...more
Scott Rachui
One of the things I love about this book is that Dr. Schroeder has his Ph.D. from MIT (nuclear physics). I say this because so many in the atheist community like to push the idea that educated people (especially scientists) are atheists and that science leads away from faith. Clearly it does not and Dr. Schroeder proves this.

The Science of God is just one of Dr. Schroder's books (each of which deal with science and theology). This particular book is subtitled 'The convergence of scientific and B
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JP
The magic is the way Schroeder adds exponentially to the conventional wisdom to weave a great explanation of life and the universe that is consistent with both the Torah and modern science. He also encourages both sides to back down from extreme stances, giving examples for both sides to show the error of the blinded way. At the forefront of the argument is the observation that even Moses himself declared the Pentatuech to have deep and profound levels of meaning. Simultaneously, he shows that t ...more
GoAskPerl
The Science of G-d and the [Genesis book] are both very interesting and enlightening. Looking at the bible from different perspectives is key to internal growth and understanding (mostly accepting that you will never truly understand). He is very intelligent and his theories are definitely worth reading. But you also have to understand that he is not stating a fact, merely an 'opinion to be considered as a possible explanation.' (It doesn't translate very well, but that his how his Jewish audien ...more
Richard Fitzgerald
Gerald Schroeder is both an orthodox Jew and a physicist. He very lucidly argues that there is no real argument between the Bible and science. His suggestion that both the literal six twenty-four hour days of creation and the billions of years of forming the universe are simultaneously accurate is very compelling. Schroeder also helpfully showed that the Bible is open to interpretations other than the pedantic fundamentalist drumbeat of literalism while using ancient Jewish commentaries to show ...more
zaK young
This book was amazing in many regards. A lot of the information about evolution and quantum theory was very thought-provoking. But from a literary perspective, there were many places where Mr Schroeder could have used a good editor. I've never had a need, personally, to try and reconcile the Biblical account to the scientific record, preferring to allow both the room to present their unique way of explaining truth. Schroeder's text, however, does synthesize the two in some very surprising and in ...more
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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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