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Until recently, science’s ability to describe and define our universe threatened to make religion obsolete. But the well-received hardcover edition of this book demonstrated that, increasingly, God is being revealed through science.

Now available in paperback, this positive work is for all who ponder the mystery and wonder of our universe—and the God who plans and oversees it. Probing the philosophical and theological impact of scientific discoveries, the authors urge us to adopt an analytical and open posture toward both science and religion. In the spirit of Sir Francis Bacon, this fascinating exploration shows us how “the book of God’s works” (natural science) can tell us a great deal about “the book of God’s words” (Scripture).

“We began this book with the idea that the God who has made this awesome and wonderful universe is utterly beyond our capacity to measure and yet is also the God who would be known. He has placed remarkable signs in the heavens, on Earth, and in ourselves: signals of transcendence. We conclude that this universe is here by divine plan, and that science itself, for decades a bastion of unbelief, has once again become the source of humankind’s assurance of intimate divine concern in its affairs.”
—from the authors

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1 THE GOD WHO WOULD BE KNOWN / 1

SCIENCE AND DIVINITY / 1
PHASES OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT / 2
CHANGING PATTERNS OF UNDERSTANDING OF CREATION / 6
RECENT SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS AND REVELATION OF GOD / 14
THE JOURNEY OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE MAGNITUDE OF GOD / 15
NOTES / 17

2 SCIENCE EXPANDS OUR UNDERSTANDING OF NATURE AND REALITY / 19

A SUCCESSION OF WORLDVIEWS / 19
MODELS OF NATURE AND REALITY / 21
FROM SCIENCE TO SPIRIT / 36
NOTES / 39

3 RECENT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEANING AND PURPOSE IN THE UNIVERSE/ 41

CURRENT SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW / 41
MODERN PHYSICS REVEALS AN INTELLIGIBLE TRANSCENDENT REALITY 44
QUANTUM MECHANICS ENDS DETERMINISM IN PHYSICS / 50
COMPARISON OF THE SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES REVEALS DISTINCT LEVELS OF EXPLANATION / 55
PROCESSES DEPEND UPON THE INTERPLAY OF CHANCE AND NECESSITY / 59
EVOLUTION AS INTERPLAY OF CHANCE AND NECESSITY / 62
NOTES / 69

4 GOD REVEALS HIMSELF IN THE ASTRONOMICAL AND IN THE INFINITESIMAL / 71

MODERN COSMOGONY OFTEN RESEMBLES BIBLICAL COSMOGONY / 71
DESIGN IN THE UNIVERSE / 76
POSSIBLE UNIQUENESS OF OUR BIOSPHERE / 79
UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT OUR ORIGINS / 86
NOTES / 90

5 THE VAST UNSEEN AND GENETIC REVOLUTION / 93

ON SEEING THE UNSEEN / 93
GENETIC REVOLUTION / 99
SCIENCE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE / 113
NOTES / 116

6 DEEP AND POWERFUL ORDERING FORCES IN THE UNIVERSE / 119

THE ORDERING PRINCIPLE / 119
HISTORICAL, CULTURAL, AND THEOLOGICAL VIEWS OF ORDER / 120
CONCEPTS OF ORDER / 121
CONTINGENCE AND CONTINGENT ORDER / 123
NEWTONIAN ORDER / 127
MODERN SCIENCE AND REVIVAL OF CONTINGENT ORDER / 129
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS POINTING TO DEEP AND POWERFUL ORDERING FORCES / 132
THEOLOGICAL CORRELATES TO NEW CONCEPTS OF ORDER / 143
NOTES / 146

7 THE VAST ARENA OF WORSHIP / 149

THE PERVASIVE SEARCH FOR HIGHER LAWS OF CONDUCT / 149
WORLDWIDE LAWS OF LIFE / 152
BREADTH OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN MODERN CULTURE / 153
SCIENCE OPENS A VAST FRAMEWORK OF SPIRITUAL INFORMATION / 155
NOTES / 169

8 REMARKABLE EVOLUTION OF HUMANKIND / 171

EVIDENCES OF DIVINE PLAN FOR HUMANKIND / 171
RECENT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES ON HUMAN EVOLUTION / 174
THE FORCE BEHIND HUMAN EVOLUTION / 194
NOTES / 201

9 MYSTERIES MULTIPLIED / 205

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE / 205
EXAMPLES OF DEEPENING MYSTERIES / 212
THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS / 230
NOTES / 234

10 GOD AND THE FUTURE / 237

ACCELERATING CREATIVITY AND MEANING / 237
SCIENTIFIC FUTURE POSSIBILITIES / 239
NOTES / 242

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS / 245

INDEX / 249

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