Synopses & Reviews
Praise for BROTHER ASTRONOMER
"Congenially conveying both meaty science and meaty theology, Consolmagno contributes vitally to the rapprochement of science and faith." - Booklist
"Consolmagno spills the contagious cheer of a man happily married to two loves - religion and science." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Deft writing" - Library Journal
"Memorable" - Natural History Magazine
Brother Astronomer is a wonderful contribution to the ongoing science-and-religion debate, from someone living in both worlds. Blending memoir, science, history, and theology, Brother Guy takes readers on a grand adventure. Revisit the infamous "Galileo affair" and discover the circumstances and misconceptions of the times that influenced what really happened. Glimpse into a world of working scientists and see how scientific discoveries are proposed and advanced. Learn the inside story of the "Mars meteorite": how can we be sure it's really from Mars, and why can't scientists agree on whether or not it contains evidence of life? Through Brother Guy's recollections, science and religion fuse together in one individual, and by extension, explain how they both are needed in order to answer the big questions: What would it mean to us if we did find life elsewhere in the universe? How did the world begin, and does it follow natural laws?
[A] brilliant defense of science's place in the religious life (and vice versa).--Publisher's WeeklyJesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno's moving and intellectually playful memoir of a life lived in the active interplay of science and religion is now available in a handsome paperback edition.Blending memoir, science, history, and theology, Consolmagno takes us on a grand adventure. We revisit the infamous Galileo affair and see that it didn't unfold in quite the way we thought. We get a rare glimpse into the world of working scientists and see how scientific discoveries are proposed and advanced. We learn the inside story of the Mars meteorite: how can we be sure it's really from Mars, and why can't scientists agree on whether or not it contains evidence of life? Brother Astronomer memorably sets forth one scientist's conviction that the universe may be worth studying only if it is the work of a Creator God.
Table of Contents
Part One: Upon These Rocks.
Chapter 1: Aliens at the Vatican.
Chapter 2: The Case of the Fiery Fingers.
Chapter 3: The Vindication of Mars.
Part Two: The Confession of a Vatican Scientist.
Chapter 4: Precursors of Evil.
Chapter 5: The Rift of Popular Culture.
Chapter 6: Finding God in Creation.
Part Three: Once in a Lifetime.
Chapter 7: Holes in the Sand.
Chapter 8: Call and Response.
Chapter 9: Justice in the Oceans of Europa.
Chapter 10: Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
Part Four: Wide Wild Whiteness.
Chapter 11: Well Met at Ansmet.
Chapter 12: Erebus and Terror.
Chapter 13: Soul on Ice.
Chapter 14: The Easter Egg Hunt.
Chapter 15: Walking in Heaven.
Chapter 16: We've Got Company.
Chapter 17: Acquainted with All My Ways.
Chapter 18: Hunting the White Elephant.
Chapter 19: Northward Ho! The Wagons.