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The Creator and the Cosmos by Hugh Ross
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Desperate pleading

Ross claims science has revealed the truth of God and the Bible, but his book doesn’t read that way. Ross does a fair job of exposing people to the wonders of an esoteric branch of physics but never is he able to show science reveals God. He ends up doing the only thing such endeavors allow – simply saying so. His support? A mass of scientific reference that he hopes through association will give religion the cache of scientific credibility. His goal is to give faith - which requires no evidence - evidence. Revealing our long-standing insecurity about faith in the face of science since the Enlightenment.

Ross, in the stock story of hard skeptic (at age 15), finds through his analysis of the Bible not a single inconsistency nor contradiction. (Ross never read Thomas Paine’s, Age Of Reason. And he doesn’t wonder why Herod’s murder of the two-year olds is a crime, but God’s killing of innocent boys, girls and toddlers in Egypt as the first born is justice.) Ross argues that historical references support the Bible. But what good novel does not insert factual historical reference? Doing so doesn’t make the novel a true story. For Ross other religions are vague, but parables are obvious. As so often, probability arguments are employed to blind the ignorant, with nothing whatsoever to do with anything other than finding avenues through which to hoodwink statistical novices. Ross makes mileage over hyperbolic remarks from scientists, historians and newsmen to dramatize their discovery or sell papers, all making positive reference to God. Like a witness, these carry weight for Ross. But while witnesses count for something in religion and a court of law, they count for nothing in science. (Ross claims to be a scientist.) If they did, science would declare abundant proof of particularly congenial aliens zipping about earth in their UFOs.

As Ross describes recent (though outdated) cosmological progress to laymen, he ties scientific results separate from religion to religion, usually capping each chapter with a reminder. Astronomers have verified the Big Bang, “concluding God is the power and intelligence behind it all.” Yes, and almost never. But, so what if they did? Would a scientist claiming God does not exist, prove it by saying so? Then why does a scientist’s claim that God does exist matter? This repetitious reminder that what we’re doing here is providing evidence for God rings of theological pleadings at the funeral, trying to assuage our grief with authority that our loved ones really, absolutely, truly, “trust me,” still live and so will we (compassionate as that is).

For all of Ross’s apparent good intensions (hopefully he’s not simply cashing in on religious readers), faith does not require the sanction of science. Trying to force science into granting such approval is not only an embarrassing failure but reduces the importance of faith residing in a wholly different arena however Ross and others may wish otherwise.
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