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Who Made God? Searching for a theory of everything

Who Made God? Searching for a theory of everything

Andrews, Edgar

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Product Description: 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 as a positive, and altogether more convincing, alternative.

304 Pages
Published September 2009

About the Author

Professor Edgar H. Andrews BSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, FIMMM, CEng, CPhys. is Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London and an international expert on the science of large molecules. In 1967 he set up the Department of Materials at Queen Mary College, University of London, and served both as its Head and later as Dean of Engineering. He has published well over 100 scientific research papers and books, together with two Bible Commentaries and various works on science and religion and on theology. His book From nothing to nature has been translated into ten languages. Edgar Andrews was an international consultant to the Dow Chemical Company (USA) for over thirty years and to the 3M Company (USA) for twenty years. He was a non-executive director of Denbyware PLC throughout the 1970s and for five years a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Neste Oy, the national oil company of Finland. He also acted for many years as an expert scientific witness in a variety of cases in the British High Court and in courts in USA and Canada. In September 1972 he was one of four specially invited speakers at the dedication symposium of the Michigan Molecular Institute, two of the others being Nobel Laureates Paul Flory and Melvin Calvin. At the Oxford Union ‘Huxley Memorial Debate’ in 1986 he debated with Richard Dawkins on the motion, ‘That the doctrine of creation is more valid than the theory of evolution’.

Book Details

304 Pages
Publisher: Evangelical Press
Publication Date: September 2009
ISBN 10: 0852347073
ISBN 13: 9780852347072

"A powerful book and one that is exceptionally well-written, Who Made God? is just the book I’ve been waiting for. It aptly refutes the claims of the new atheists but does so without giving away the farm in the meantime. And I couldn’t ask for much more than that." Read the entire review.
- Tim Challies, Blogger

"Thoughtful, readable, witty, wise ..."
- Fay Weldon, novelist, playwright and broadcaster

"As a distinguished scientist, Professor Edgar Andrews is well qualified to counter the current attempts to airbrush God out of existence - and does so with intelligent and infectious enthusiasm. Richard Dawkins' The God delusion is an obvious target and he expertly dismantles its atheistic claims, reducing them to rubble with a lightness of touch I had never before come across in a book of this kind. I know of nothing quite like it."
- John Blanchard, author, lecturer and conference speaker

"With vigorous panache and deft argument, Dr Andrews tackles one of the key issues of our times - does God exist and why should we believe that he does? In a masterly combination of science and theology, he reveals the absurdity of the so-called ‘new atheism’ and presents a solid case for Christian theism. Highly recommended."
- Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Edgar Andrews is thought-provoking, witty, extremely readable, and ultimately devastating in his critique of evolutionary atheism. He demonstrates that a right understanding of the scientific enterprise poses no threat to biblical Christianity - indeed, that the kind of world we live in is precisely what the biblical account of God and creation would lead us to expect. Richard Dawkins has more than met his match!"
- Robert Strivens, Principal, London Theological Seminary

"In our increasingly multi-disciplinary world, we need those rare scholars who are able to combine the expertise of two different fields of study. Edgar Andrews possesses this ability, bringing together scientific and theological expertise to present a work that is both engaging and palatable. It is this synthesis that makes this book a very important and unique contribution to the larger arena of faith and science.

This is not simply another book on Intelligent Design, nor is it a defence of Theistic Evolution. Who made God? masterfully weaves a mature Christian theology with recent scientific findings to produce a nuanced and compelling argument that does not caricaturize either science or theology but maintains the integrity of both. The author's knowledgeable passion for both science and theology, coupled with a witty and playful writing style, makes the book a must read for those who question the intersection of science and Christianity.

It has been a pleasure to read this book. I don't mean to sound overly flattering, but Dr Andrews has done the world a great service by adding this to our shelves. I am impressed by the way he has maintained the integrity of both science and theology, revealing comfort in both fields. I have been waiting for a book just like this to recommend to others - one that I don't feel compromises theological or scientific integrity and truth. The "God hypothesis" will be unpalatable to many, but to those who have sincere questions this book will provide an invaluable apologetic. There is so much science and theology in the book and yet the writing style makes difficult and complex concepts accessible. While there were a few sections that were challenging to understand, the book as a whole is easy to read and well-written.

I appreciated the exposing of the reductionistic tendencies that atheists are forced to adopt, thus limiting their ability to conceive the wonder and beauty of the material universe. I also appreciated how unscientific "science" can be and how we should be wary of those who use/abuse the name of science to promote unscientific assumptions and conclusions. I really appreciated the explanation of quantum physics and how the author makes complex physics understandable and entertaining. This was one of my favorite chapters.

I found helpful the author's delineations of the caricatures of God and the discussion on time was one of the most thought provoking sections. I found the connection between time and entropy fascinating.

Despite the lack of pictures, the author does a masterful job in describing the process of protein formation, while chapters 14 and 15 raise important challenges and arguments to the often-unquestioned notions that complexity can arise from natural selection and /or mutations.

I thought the section in Ch.16 on the "human mind living on" a bit theologically fuzzy. Perhaps this was intentional to simplify the argument and I can understand why the author chose to avoid a digression on the nature of the soul, but I was unclear as to what ‘mind' was referring to theologically. However, I appreciated the way the chapter teases out the different versions of Theistic Evolution and admired the book's biblical faithfulness and how it presupposed the biblical God as its starting point. I cannot applaud this stance enough. This chapter also helped me see how the book is not arguing for ID but something qualitatively different, though there is much overlap.

The final chapter helps address one of the greatest stumbling blocks - the apparent "badness" of God, which is something a book like this needed to address.

I very much enjoyed reading this book and benefited tremendously from it. I look forward to its publication so I can begin recommending it to others!"
- Rev. David H. Kim, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York

"Who Made God? is a book that offers ideas and insights most of us have never pondered. Edgar Andrews presents compelling arguments that challenge the prevailing mechanistic worldviews. His good humor helps him present weighty concepts and makes them easier to grasp. Everyone who questions the existence of God will benefit from this book, as will those who believe in God and wish to defend their faith more effectively.
- Randy Alcorn, Author of He ven & If God is Good