Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything

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Author Bill Bryson writes: "I am immensely grateful [for the book]". Fay Weldon calls the book "Thoughtful, readable, witty, wise ..." Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, says: "... written in a very lively style and conveys complex subjects in a palatable form". The Principal of London Theological Seminary, England, declares: "Richard Dawkins has more than met his match". A book written by a distinguished scientist about the existence of God, which has chapter headings like Sooty and the universe , Steam engine to the stars and The tidy pachyderm , has to be different. It is. Addressing profound questions of science, philosophy and faith with an amazing lightness of touch, Edgar Andrews exposes the pretensions of the new atheism of Richard Dawkins and others, blending incisive arguments with gentle humour. However, the author s aim is not simply to raise a standard against the aggressive atheism of our age but to provide a logically consistent and altogether more satisfying alternative. He describes how his fellow physicists dream of discovering a theory of everything that will embrace every physical process and phenomenon in the cosmos. But he points out that there is more to existence than the material world; the things that make life worth living are mainly non-material. Can there, then, be a theory of everything that includes not only space, time, matter and energy but also the realms of the heart, mind, conscience and spirit? Yes, indeed, as this book shows. It is the hypothesis of God, a theory that, in spite of its opponents, still towers above the barren landscape of atheism and despair.

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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.

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In February 2008, The Times newspaper published an interview with novelist Iain Banks -- who said he became an atheist when, as a child, he realised that Sooty couldn't have `magicked' the universe into existence.

As I read the interview a thought struck me. How is it that atheists like Banks and Richard Dawkins get to promote their beliefs so freely and widely in the UK's newspapers, on TV and in other mass media, while those who disagree are allowed only token responses if any? It seemed to me time to pick up the gauntlet, so I wrote a tongue-in-cheek essay entitled `Sooty and the universe'. Other essays (which became chapters) quickly followed, with titles like `Pouring concrete', `Ferrets and fallacies' and `The tidy pachyderm'. I realised I had a major book on my hands.

As a scientist, I had debated creation and evolution with Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union `Huxley Memorial Debate' back in 1986, but his 2006 book The God delusion spurred me to return to the fray after all these years. Humour, I felt, was the key to earning a hearing from the general public for whom the book is mainly intended. After all, several well-reasoned ripostes have been written to Dawkins' book but they are virtually invisible to the person-in-the-street and even to the average Christian. Something different seemed to be needed.

It was quite a challenge to maintain the thread of humour while dealing (as I felt I must) with the scientific, philosophical and moral issues raised by the atheists. Furthermore, I didn't want to write a negative book simply refuting their ideas. I needed to present a robust biblical theism as an altogether more satisfying alternative to the barren landscape of atheism.

Did I succeed? The reader will have to judge whether Fay Weldon is right when she declares Who made God? to be `Thoughtful, readable, witty, wise ...'

Edgar Andrews

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