Leslie Wickman’s God of the Big Bang

I received this book for the purposes of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Dr. Wickman asks us a question that hits pretty close to a Christian’s heart. Can science and God co-exist? She believes that she as already found her answer. Now, Dr. Wickman is going to lead us down the rabbit-hole–so to speak–so we can decide the answer for ourselves.

Story Telling: This is like a thesis paper, but one where–with a healthy interest in science–the general reader can understand the concepts behind it.

Likes: Most of the science was easy to understand. Dr. Wickman included the Pascal’s Wager Theory as well.

The bibliography is extensive. As well, there is the comfort of knowing that an honest study of “The Big Bang” theory supports God’s existence.

Dislikes: Now here’s my problem. Dr. Wickman seems to contradict herself in chapter eight. Specifically on page 118, she implies that the plants’ life-cycles end as fossil fuels, but then on page 121, she claims that fossil fuels are nonrenewable. Which statement is true? Are we saying fossil fuels are nonrenewable because we burn through them too fast? Or could it be that he fossil fuels are always in the process of renewing themselves, and we just haven’t found all of the veins?

I would have preferred to use only one version of the Bible for Scriptural citations. It’s just neater that way.

Most of my problems came in chapters eight and nine. We have thrown money after the water situation in developing countries as if we were fighting a fire. If money was the answer, don’t you think it would have worked by now? It’s the same thing with global warming. We should do what we can to be faithful stewards, but some things are just out of our hands. On a side note, biodiversity is great, but you don’t preserve it at the cost of a human life. I’m not saying that Dr. Wickman disagrees with me; I’m saying that you can infer that possibility from chapter eight.

We are just going to have to disagree about the origin of true, mysterious, UFOs. It’s just too neat to claim that those who have had an evident encounter were involved–either knowingly or unknowingly–in the occult.

Favorite Quote: This gives me hope for those who truly don’t know if there is a God. “The late British philosopher Antony Flew, who recently converted from atheism to theism, cited the motivation for his conversion as “reason, mainly in the form of arguments to design.””

Favorite Scene: The best part to remember from this book, whether you believe in God or not, is the citation of Pascal’s Wager. That and the visual of the odd that we came into being by way or chance alone.

Conclusion: Dr. Wickman has a great study with this book. But, I would suggest that you use and compare the verses with the King James version of the Bible. Have fun. Yes, you can have fun studying.

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