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Who Made God?: Searching for a Theory of Everything

(Welwyn Commentary #48)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  44 reviews
If you've been waiting for a really effective riposte to the "new atheism" of Richard Dawkins and others (or even if you haven't) here it is - gently humorous, highly readable, deeply serious, razor sharp, and written by an internationally respected scientist. Who made God? dismantles the arguments and pretensions of scientific atheism and presents a robust biblical theism ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by EP BOOKS (first published June 1st 1996)
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Natalie Vellacott
After recommending this to a friend, I found that this was far too complex for my tiny mind. It might be useful as a reference book and to counter Dawkins but I wouldn't attempt to read it through as it's definitely not light reading! ...more
John Gardner
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I don’t know if I’ve ever had more fun reading a book so steeped in scientific terminology… in fact, I’m sure I haven’t! Andrews, who serves as Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London, is one of the world’s foremost experts on molecular science. He also possesses a keen wit and employs a great sense of charming British humor in his writing (think Monty Python without the crassness).

In this book, Andrews addresses what he calls “the sceptic’s favourite question”: If God made e

Clinton Wilcox
Edgar Andrews is a physicist who has written this book to defend the God hypothesis (i.e. God is real and is the best explanation for man’s experiences and the universe). Contra to what modern scientists believe, if you want an explanation for why the universe exists, the God hypothesis is necessary. Science, itself, cannot explain the most fundamental questions of existence.

One thing to be said about Andrews is that he writes in a way that non-experts in physics can understand. He usually has a
Peter Bringe
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Professor Andrews argues in this book for the existence of God, yet he does so by starting with the biblical idea of God. Instead of arguing from our experience to a minimalist God (such as many classical arguments tend to do) or arguing for a "God of the gaps" to fill in what we don't understand, Professor Andrews begins with God as the Bible defines Him and then compares this "hypothesis" with what we find in science. His argument is that what we find in the world around us is what we would ex ...more
Philip Meinel
Jul 07, 2016 marked it as shelved
Shelves: faith, apologetics
I read chapter eight Steam Engine to the Stars: Time and the Hypothesis of God.

I love using science to explain the truth of God's word. Some of my thoughts on the concepts found in chapter eight. Outreach to the scientific...

Second law of thermodynamics: Entropy (amount of disorder and chaos, mathematically equal to the net flow of energy divided by time, Q/T) can only increase or stay the same (ex. theoretical perfect engine).

Time can only progress through an increase in entropy.

Can time only
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Edgar Andrews is a distinguished scientist who, in this easy to read volume, offers a strong defence of the Christian faith in the light of science. It is a witty, engaging and accessible read aimed squarely at the lay person and he takes complicated and esoteric ideas and makes them understandable.

Andrews doesn't set out to respond to any particular authors, although he does do so along the way and deals with numerous Atheistic arguments. Rather he posits the hypothesis that the God of the Bibl
Ian Hodge
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are poor books, mediocre books, and books that stand out for their clarity and enjoyment. And Who Made God? by Edgar Andrews is in the latter category. This is a response to the New (and old) Atheism by a Christian who is also a scientist. So the argument is both scientific and philosophical, and an excellent balance of both.

The author starts where all good science starts: with definitions. The atheist question, "Who made God?" falls apart once a definition of God which includes his eterna
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is unlike any book I've read- basically a science/philosophy book proving the existence of God. Andrews discusses some complicated subjects in detail, like quantum mechanics and molecular biology, but does so in a way that (usually!) doesn't overwhelm the lay person. This was fascinating to learn just how science actually proves, not disproves as some believe, the existence of God. ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really refreshing to read a writer who clearly loves to laugh and think and poke fun. Andrews has a gift for taking detailed technical jargon and distilling it for public consumption. Chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, philosophy... pretty much nothing is out-of-bounds. A great read for anyone who loves to think intelligently about big questions.
Alfonso Alvarez
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who made God: Searching for a theory of everything
and What is Man? Adam, alien or ape?

I can safely say that if I wanted to have a really interesting dinner conversation, I would most definitely include Dr. Edgar Andrews on my guest list - a must attend, mind you.

Reading his two books that somehow fit together has afforded me with a good view of his thoughts and his interesting character that make me want to listen to him more, not just to be better informed, but to also be entertained with his b
J.J. Richardson
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A layman science book with British dry humor.
Trey Tomes
I read this several years ago, and it was probably the first book I read on Christian apologetics. I need to read it again.
Chris Wray
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, christian
Dr Andrews has written a thorough and compelling apologetic, in which he sets out to "explore how the biblical hypothesis of God provides a comprehensible, intellectually consistent and spiritually satisfying view of being that encompasses man's experience of life, the universe and everything,." This is a novel approach, and the result is a consistently engaging and stimulating book in which complex concepts are explained and analysed in an accessible (and even entertaining) manner, without bein ...more
James Adams
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
As a convinced heathen I didn't read this book looking to be persuaded otherwise (although I'm open to any impressive arguments, and still waiting) but I was genuinely interested to see what approach a highly regarded physicist and believer (an understandably rare combination) would take on this subject.
His argumentation and logic are generally tenuous, contrived and flawed. He often resorts to straw man arguments, cherry-picking quotes that don't represent those of the scientific community, pu
Mike Van In
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know what I can add to many of the excellent reviews of this book. As a so-called "creationist", someone who believes the Genesis narrative of God's actions to create all of the universe's physics in the bible, I think that this book is an excellent reference for any creationist who has not yet studied the Creation from a scientific or technical perspective.

I became a convert to creationism around twenty five years ago, after nearly forty years of accepting the "science" of Natural Sele
Peter A.  van Tilburg
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: origins-of-life
Good book which gives a well thought through ctiricism on the new atheism and the evolutionists. Thinking on how presumptions enter in your reasoning to so called proof is dangerous. I think dr Andrews is sharp on the atheist assumptions. On the other hand he is also clear that there is also a hypothesis on the existence of God and he makes clear why he thinks that hypothesis is likely to be true. Especially the remarks on the probability that is used often in evolutionary considerations combine ...more
Robb Yandian
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of its kind

I’ve read many books by both atheists and Christians arguing against and for the existence of God. What Edgar Andrews does in this book is unique, at least as far as I’ve encountered. He almost treats the subject as a science fair project. He first proposes a hypothesis: the God of the Bible exists. He then examines several aspects of science and humanity to see if they line up with that hypothesis. So, rather than trying to lay out a logical ‘proof’ of God’s existence, he takes
David Potter
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who made you?

This book sets out a convincing response to the question of human origins on the basis that the answer is found in understanding God. It stands up to evolution by offering an alternative hypothesis and then proceeds to establish that hypothesis. It's well done. At times the microscopic detail is demanding but working through it brings the reader to firm ground.
Paul Snell
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a writer and publisher, I find this book well written, compelling and closely argued. I consider that Andrews has satisfactorily answered the question 'who made God' - and many other questions, to boot! So I give it 5*. ...more
Richard Harris
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the way he makes Science so very readable!
Jaap Tilburg
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
Good topic. And a good contribution to our thinking.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meaty. I tried too hard to read slowly. I read one chapter, set it aside, let it get piled under other books, find it, read one chapter...repeat.
Jan vanTilburg
Deceivingly logical. Good in the sense that it made me think. To not take evolution for granted. To acknowledge the mysteries of the origin of the universe and of life.
The consciousness of man.
But the wrapping in a christian bible god explanation makes the book at the very least questionable.

He seems to have points where he argues about the first cause and about the origin of life. That is a mystery. I agree. And the God hypothesis is very plausible there.
Evolution I’m not sure. Same with moral
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Who Made God? is wonderful. Dr. Edgar Andrews is intelligent and knowledgeable enough to discuss a wide variety of scientific disciplines. You may be reading about quantum physics in one chapter and biology or genetics in another. It is to these disciplines and more that Andrews applies the hypothesis of God. If the God of the Bible existed, would we expect to see what we observe in nature and experience in human living? Andrews' conclusion is yes, and his reasoning is sound. Dr. Andrews' creden ...more
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics, science
Mr. Andrews deals through-out the book with many of the positions of the hostile atheistic squad out there today. I struggled a bit following some of the arguments because its not my best nor favorite subject but it was still quite informative and what I did follow was very good, but the thing that struck me was the seriousness of his position, a certain non fundamentalist sanity pervaded his reasoning, he is passionate about the Christian position but he doesn't just gloss over good arguments f ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, theology
”Starting with the hypothesis of God, Professor Andrews sets out to demonstrate that the existence of the God of the Bible makes better sense of what we can actually learn from science than does atheism. On his way to this conclusion he also points out the scientific and logical inadequacies of evolutionism.”

I am not a science minded person, even the highly simplified explanations of general relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory, in this book were hard for me to grasp. What I did unde
Dorian Driscoll
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A memorable quote:

Reading [Victor] Stenger, anyone ignorant of the Bible would conclude that it teaches a 'flat earth at rest at the centre of a firmament of stars and planets', but nothing could be further from the truth. Stenger sires an orphan child (by Greek science out of Chinese mythology), rejects it, and leaves the baby on the Bible's doorstep. In fact, the Bible is entirely innocent of such teachngs--nowhere does it discuss the shape of the Earth or claim that it lies at the centre of t
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ad Hoc and just so arguments. Achingly silly literalistic applications of Biblical texts to scientific theory. Old Earth creationism has rarely looked so good--Andrews is an entertaining writer--but it just doesn't cohere or make sense. The new atheists make easy targets, and Andrews serves them up. But even this lay person can see that his DNA chapter is weak, weak, weak. Can't remember why I purchased this--probably some friend who thought it would address my views on evolution. But it sure di ...more
Thomas Hunt
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that points out the fallacy of Darwinian Evolution and backs it scientifically and logically. Of course none of this will matter to the spiritually blind person and they will continue to seek any means possible to discredit the Word of God. No matter how unsuccessful. I am prayerful that The Lord would use such a work as this to open the eyes of possibility to an unbeliever so they might honestly seek the truth of Christ crucified, as well as strengthen the faith of the believer ...more
Greg Wilson
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it
The majority of this book was over my head. I am glad there are people like the author who know this stuff, but the only part I really understood was the occasional humor. I have never understood "String Theory." Now I least I understand why I don't understand it. For a more qualified review click check out ...more
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Edgar Harold Andrews is an English physicist and Bible-teacher. He is Emeritus Professor of Materials at Queen Mary, University of London and co-pastor of the Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City, UK..

Professionally, he holds a BSc degree in theoretical physics at the University of London (1953), a PhD in applied physics (1960), and a DSc (higher doctorate) in physics (1968).
He is a Fellow of the Ins

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