Book Review - Science Discovers God

(Seven Convincing Lines of Evidence for His Existence)
Ariel A. Roth, 2008

Every once in a while a book comes along written with both rigor and kindness. Such is this book. Dr. Roth makes his case for God's existence repeatedly and convincingly from the evidence, but at no time does he unnecessarily offend those who see things from a different perspective. For example, on the subject of the Big Bang, he comments, "Is this story really true, or is it fantasy resulting from an overdose of science fiction? Are we just dealing with a game of big numbers touted by a few dominating personalities, or are we approaching much-wanted truth? The big bang requires so many fortunate circumstances that some call it the ultimate free lunch... Besides that, it is not hard to read something of a similar process when the Bible itself speaks of God "stretching out the heavens" in at least five passages (Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22; Jeremiah 10:12; Zechariah 12:1). Could God have used a process similar to the big bang in creating the universe? We don't know. One does not have to depend on the big bang as evidence to believe in God...The big bang concept also has serious problems, especially when one assumes that the process occurred without some kind of designer" (p. 48,49).

He has a very refreshing example of how catastrophism won out in recent times (p. 134). A University of Chicago professor by the name of J. Bretz proposed in 1923 that a large section of southeastern Washington State was created by a catastrophic flood. This outraged his uniformitarian-minded colleagues. For 40 years he engaged in less-than-friendly dialogue with them in professional journals, always being treated as the one needing 'correction.' In the 1960s, evidence for a large ancient lake was found which would have provided the enormous amounts of water required to carve up the landscape as it currently exists. His former critics visited the area in 1965 and sent him a telegram, "We are all now catastrophists." In the early 1970s, this man won the Penrose Medal, the most prestigious geologic award in the United States. It is an interesting example of how evidence was resisted for so long by those with a predetermined view of geology. Those of us who believe that the geologic record is best understood as being the result of a universal flood will be encouraged by the inclusion in the book of this anecdote.

He concludes his book as follows: "One can always claim that an extremely fortuitous set of circumstances brought us into being just by accident. However, in view of the many improbabilities that kind of thinking entails, it does not appear to be a reasonable solution. A mastermind seems necessary....Nature suggests a Being of design and purpose, and that our existence has actual meaning...Science should return more toward the openness it had when the pioneers of modern science allowed God into the explanatory picture" (italics in original; p. 234).

I recommend this book for the libraries of young Christadelphians grappling with the issue as to whether or not God does exist.

Bill Farrar, Hamilton, ON