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Mr g by Alan Lightman
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Here is a scientist's contribution to the many creation stories. Author Alan Lightman uses a playful tone to a serious topic that mixes science, theology, and philosophy. Lightman, an MIT physics and humanities professor, is probably most trustworthy in the science arena, although it might actually be the least riveting for some to read.

Mr g is God living in the Void with his Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva -- and he is a bit bored in an adolescent way. He creates time -- and more.

Just as the author emphasizes that Mr g chooses to employ specific rules for the universe he creates (and then steps back to see what happens), I would like to remind readers that the author sets up specific rules for his version of Mr g -- an all-powerful, but not all-knowing character.

In contrast, for example, the author Harold Kushner of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, posits that Mr g (God) is all-loving, but not all-powerful.

This is a swift-reading, little book by the author of the internationally successful Einstein's Dream. Both books are unusual, thus memorable, and worth the couple of hours required to read them -- also, maybe they will be your cup of tea just a little bit more than mine!
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