CBB Review – The Reality of God

CBB Review – The Reality of God September 16, 2015

the_reality_of_god_spotlightIf you are here reading this you are very likely a faithful, God believing, Catholic. You may have any number of reasons you could attribute to your faithfulness and beliefs. These could include tradition, family history, or just a huge devotion to the Mass. These are subjective reasons based upon your own experiences. What if there were objective, scientific reasons that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that God does indeed exist. Author Steven Hemler explores the science that proves the existence of God in his new book The Reality of God: The Layman’s Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator. The book is a fascinating read that uses science to PROVE God’s existence contrary to the common use of science to disprove God.

In the first part of the book Steve proves this is through the example of some of the most famous mathematical equations of physics we know. Ones such as Einstein’ s E= Mc squared and Newton’s Second Law of Motion, F=ma all point to a higher being. As Steve states “The fact that the laws of physics are intelligible and can be expressed mathematically indicates they were created by an intelligent Mind. This intelligibility and mathematical elegance in the laws of nature could have come only from a creative and omniscient Mind; in other words, God”. The evidence presented does not stop there. Have you ever stopped to ponder how everything has to be “just right” for our very existence to occur? Steve covers “the earth’s life-sustaining magnetic field, oxygen rich atmosphere, and large moon”, all of which point to a higher intelligence involved in creation.

In Part Two the story of creation from Genesis is examined. Steve points out the long held view that the Genesis stories are not meant to be taken literally. When talking about the creation story Steve writes a paragraph that I think not only sums up creation but this entire basis for this book:

“The Bible, which deals primarily with religious truth, is necessary to complement and complete what science tells us about our origins. Science and religion complement one another and both are needed to fully understand why things are the way they are. Religion helps us understand why things are the way they are. Science helps us understand how they got that way.”

Concluding part two is a deep dive into evolution. If you get this book for nothing else this section is a must read. Utilizing the words of Pope Benedict XVI from his book In the Beginning and General Audiences of Pope John Paul II to show how God is in the workings of evolution. “Evolutionary creation allows that traditional religious beliefs about God are compatible with the modern understanding of biological evolution. Simply put, this position holds that there is a God, that God is the Creator of the universe and therefore all life within it, and that biological evolution is simply a natural process within that creation.”

The third and final part of the book deals with the human aspect of belief in God. The inner human nature we all have to believe in a higher being. This being revealed in God’s three “spoken words”. Creative word that that brought the universe into existence. Second, written word as given through the Bible. Third, living word in Jesus Christ.

I was always led to believe, through my public school education, that God had little to do with science yet, as I worked my way through this book I came to realize this was completely wrong. Numerous accounts and quotes were given from many of the greats from modern science that clearly showed their belief in a Creator. A belief that went beyond (or prior in this case) to an intelligent Being that had to exist in order to create the origins of the world we live in. Take up this book and read, even if you are like me and science is not your thing, there is much fruit to harvest in this book. Steve Hemler has done the Church a service by providing a book that utilizes science to affirm the existence of God. Well done Steve.

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  • James M

    “The fact that the laws of physics are intelligible and can be expressed mathematically indicates they were created by an intelligent Mind. This intelligibility and mathematical elegance in the laws of nature could have come only from a creative and omniscient Mind; in other words, God”.

    ## But which one ? And how do we know a goddess was not responsible ? How do we know a whole group of deities did not create the universe ? This last idea would explain the flaws in the universe: the Aesir got the Frost-Giants to help, and then fought them: exactly as Norse mythology tells us they did. How does Hemler explain the Ichneumonidae ? I bet he doesn’t even mention them – but he needs to. The re-heated argument from design is very unimpressive, because there is too much that it does not account for. If I’m unimpressed by this kind of thing, I dread to think how unimpressed an atheist is likely to be.

    This book is nonsense if that really what it says, sorry. It is rotten theology, and I can’t see scientists being favourably impressed either.

    ““Evolutionary creation allows that traditional religious beliefs about God are compatible with the modern understanding of biological evolution. ”

    ## “traditional religious beliefs about God” like His creating the world in six days ? I don’t think so. The evolutionary time-scale asks us to believe the earth is 4.7 thousand million years old; it has no place for the “traditional religious belie[f]” in a six-day creation.

    “I was always led to believe, through my public school education, that God had little to do with science yet, as I worked my way through this book I came to realize this was completely wrong. Numerous accounts and quotes were given from many of the greats from modern science that clearly showed their belief in a Creator.”

    ## It is useless to say that “many of the greats from modern science” believed in “a Creator”, if what they believed in was something incompatible with Christianity. That a Muslim scientist beliebve that Allah created all things is useless as evidence of belief in “God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth”. Nor is a Process Theology deity the God of Christianity. And when did these believers live ? For if they believed as a result of accepting as valid a scientific picture now judged to be invalid, they can be of no help to people with a different, more accurate, picture of the universe. Einstein’s beliefs arre of no relevance theologically, because whatever God he believed in was not the Christian god, but something else. Christianity is not a vague theism, but an existential commitment to a very specific

    The review was interesting, but I doubt the book will last very long.

  • Chris B

    Great review, this book looks interesting. As an analytical but religious person, I’m curious to see how Steve melds the two elements together to provide evidence of a Creator.

    In today’s information age there’s no room for doubt or unanswered questions. If someone can’t remember the name of that poker movie with Edward Norton and Matt Damon, they look it up online (Rounders, duh!). Faith? When proof is so readily available who needs it (“Trust me, it’s Rounders you don’t need to look it up”).

    In my opinion, this is one of the largest uphill battles religion has to fight in today’s society, especially with young adults. I wonder how many times “Does God Really Exist?” has been entered into Google.

    The question of “Does God Really Exist” won’t be answered on Wikipedia. The closest someone is going to get is a well-researched, thoughtful review of the evidence with Faith bridging the gap (or not). A lot of people I know have the Faith part of the equation, but haven’t had the evidence laid out in an analytical way meant for adults.

    It is clear Mr. M is basing his comments on the snippets of information provided in this review and has not given the book a chance to provide proper context. Don’t knock it till you try it, James. Though I like your review for the questions you have. After all, isn’t that the point of this book? Maybe it already addresses your concerns.

    I don’t think this book is meant to “impress” atheists. It’s a book written by a religious person and meant for religious people, or people who are questioning their faith because of the lack of hard evidence. I’ll have to check it out.