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We live in a universe with a very long history, a vast cosmos where things are being worked out over unimaginably long ages. Stars and galaxies have formed, and elements come forth from great stellar cauldrons. The necessary elements are present, the environment is fit for life, and slowly life forms have populated the earth. Are the creative forces purposeful, and in fact divine?

Owen Gingerich believes in a universe of intention and purpose. We can at least conjecture that we are part of that purpose and have just enough freedom that conscience and responsibility may be part of the mix. They may even be the reason that pain and suffering are present in the world. The universe might actually be comprehensible.

Taking Johannes Kepler as his guide, Gingerich argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork. The scientist with theistic metaphysics will approach laboratory problems much the same as does his atheistic colleague across the hall. Both are likely to view the astonishing adaptations in nature with a sense of surprise, wonder, and mystery.

In God's Universe Gingerich carves out "a theistic space" from which it is possible to contemplate a universe where God plays an interactive role, unnoticed yet not excluded by science.

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Are the creative forces of our vast cosmos purposeful, and in fact divine? Professor Emeritus of Harvard's Department of Astronomy and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Owen Gingerich, argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork. Gingerich carves out "a theistic space" from which it is possible to contemplate a universe where God plays an interactive role, unnoticed yet not excluded by science.

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Taking Johannes Kepler as his guide, Gingerich argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork.

About the Author

Owen Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science, Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Department of Astronomy and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University

Table of Contents

Foreword

Peter J. Gomes

Prologue

1. Is Mediocrity a Good Idea?

2. Dare a Scientist Believe in Design?

3. Questions without Answers

Epilogue

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674023703
Author:
Gingerich, Owen
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion World-Religion and Science
Subject:
Science : Physics - General
Subject:
Science -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7 x 4 in

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"Synopsis" by , Are the creative forces of our vast cosmos purposeful, and in fact divine? Professor Emeritus of Harvard's Department of Astronomy and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Owen Gingerich, argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork. Gingerich carves out "a theistic space" from which it is possible to contemplate a universe where God plays an interactive role, unnoticed yet not excluded by science.
"Synopsis" by , Taking Johannes Kepler as his guide, Gingerich argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork.
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