Why Science Does Not Disprove God - Book Review

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Why Science Does Not Disprove God - Book Review

Post by Phil Jones on Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:56 pm

Why Science Does Not Disprove God, by Amir D Aczel


 
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New Atheism is a militant movement that is trying to use science to further its cause. In Why Science Does not Disprove God, Amir Aczel challenges the assertions of New Atheism head on.  In particular, he attacks one of their treasured beliefs that science has proven the non-existence of God. In so doing he also systematically dismantles a number of other claims including, there being no archaeological evidence for the historical narrative of the Bible and that all scientists are atheists.  However, the author's aim is not to defend theism but 'to defend the integrity of science' (p5) and draw attention to its misuse by proponents of New Atheism such as Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Smith, Krauss and Dennet.

The book starts with an introduction that explains how the idea for the book came about, followed by a short prologue recounting the Birth of New Atheism.  This establishes the context for the following 15 chapters, each of which addresses a different topic in the historical development of science.  

Chapter one looks at the co-evolution of science and religion. This chapter reveals the author's beliefs that religion is natural, that the Earth is old and that our origins are explained by the process of biological evolution.  He also excludes metaphysics and any possibility of the miraculous, limiting all events to the laws of physics.  This may come as a disappointment to Christian readers who might have been hoping that Aczel was a new champion for the cause.  However, his position does not detract from the value of his arguments against New Atheism and in some ways it might actually make them more convincing as he cannot be accused of religious bias. Chapter two, Why Archaeology Does not Disprove the Bible,  reviews the archaeology of the Middle East affirming its support for the historical narrative of the Bible. Chapter three, The Revolt of Science, starts the historical review of science, looking in particular at  the early struggle between science and religion highlighting how holding on to erroneous scientific beliefs which supported misunderstanding of Scripture caused so much trouble. The remaining chapters take the reader through the discoveries of science, under various headings that include: Einstein, God and the Big Bang; God and the Quantum; The “Universe from Nothing” Deception; And on the Eight Day God Created the Multiverse; Mathematics, Probability and God; Catastrophes, Chaos, and the Limits of Human Knowledge; Between God and the Anthropic Principle; The Limits of Evolution; Art, Symbolic Thinking and the Invisible Boundary; Engaging the Infinite; and concluding in Chapter 15 with Why the “Scientific” Argument for Atheism Fails.

The book is well researched, well presented and clear in its purpose.  Some chapters might be a little heavy for those without a background knowledge of science, but they are certainly not inaccessible. It is well worth reading as it provides sound argument for anyone who is uncomfortable with assertions of New Atheism.  The book sets out to defend the integrity of science by  exposing its misuse by New Atheists in their quest to dissuade people from considering God as a possibility. The book is a welcome addition to those who want to know more about the relationship between faith and science and the misuse of science.  It could be read alongside There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew Click here to see book

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