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The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,249 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Comparing the key events of the Old Testament with the latest findings in physics, biochemistry, and paleontology, a physicist and theologian shows that science and the Bible can be reconciled to resolve the age-old debates about God.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 20th 1998 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Wesley Wade
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 wo ...more
Shayna Abrams
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Toe
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Al Datum
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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
Amy Lynn
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Alicia
Jan 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Scott
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You should read it. Though you may not agree with it (I didn't), it is a worthwhile perspective. ...more
Mark
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Eddie
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Alvin Franzmeier
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Joseph Gambin
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Zac
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Mark Polhamus
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an honest, accurate and readily read masterpiece

a stringently honest, scientifically sound work which encourages us to use our minds to evaluate the facts.
Deals unflinchinly with topics often skirted by scientists and theologians.
Christopher Mocella
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book is the reason that I no longer believe creationism and evolution are not mutually exclusive.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Schroeder is a physicist and student of the Hebrew text. He maintains that if one takes both sides seriously and deeply, there is perfect continuity between the two at foundational levels of each.
Ned
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book made me believe it would be illogical to be an atheist. The bold nature of the book blew me away. The physics was intriguing.
Matthew
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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Chris Jesse
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The curious Christian
Wow! The author undertakes the task of reconciling the beliefs of science and Biblical theology. It might seem impossible, but he succeeds. True, you are going to have to wade through some science that you might have forgotten, but it is so worth it.
Beware, this is not a Christian book in that the author is Jewish. Accordingly, his focus is on the Old Testament. That said, I cannot imagine Jesus not enjoying this book.
Keith
Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jessica
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about religion and science. Plus I learned so much new science!
Jen
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great food for thought. The Bible and science can co-exist after all.
John Martindale
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, religion
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
Gina
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I don't agree with all of his ideas and interpretations, I appreciate his observations and arguments. It is good to recognize how much we don't know in science but appreciate what we do. I also welcomed the intellectual perspective that the divine and science are not exclusive of one another and that both scientists and theologians can try to understand one another better. ...more
Jim
Jan 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
It seems to me that the author, well qualified apparently in both science and religious study, used science as justification for his convictions and prejudices. These he explains in a forthright manner to the layperson. However, some explanations come full circle and some do not support his argument. In several (the evolution of pink daisies for example), he runs rapid fire through a series of explanations that pinwheel away from the core of his argument to confuse the reader into accepting his ...more
Adam Balshan
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sciences
3.5 stars [Paleontology]
Schroeder presents the most thorough argument for Old-Earth Creationism that I have ever heard. 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. Schroeder 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 re
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Mary-Jane
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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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Mike Harmon
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Manute
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I thought that this was great take on the Bible from a scientists point of view. The purpose of the book was try and apply scientific principles to parts of the Bible and also to show that the Bible may have predicted some scientific discoveries. I found it to be original and entertaining.
Melissa Soto Mejia
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good. Gives you different perspectives as both a Scientist and a man of religion. Shows you that Science and The Bible go hand in hand. Some chapters were hard to understand with all the Science words, however the author simplifies almost everything for everyone to understand.
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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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