Unlimited [Biography Book] ☆ God's Universe - by Owen Gingerich ↠

By Owen Gingerich | Comments: ( 583 ) | Date: ( Sep 19, 2019 )

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 factWe 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.


  • Title: God's Universe
  • Author: Owen Gingerich
  • ISBN: 9780674023703
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Owen Gingerich

Professor Owen Gingerich is a US astronomer Currently, he is a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the International Academy of the History of Science He has written over 500 technical or educational articles and reviews, plus he has written popularly on astronomy and the history of astronomy in books, several encyclopedias, and journals Gingerich studied astronomy, and then taught at Harvard University, position he maintained until his retirement in 2000 His is a widely recognized authority on the Renaisannce astronomers Johannes Kepler and Nicolaus Copernicus, and on the French astronomer Charles Messier Asteroid 2658 Gingerich, discovered on February 13, 1980, at the Harvard College Observatory, was named in his honor.



Comments God's Universe

  • Lee Razer

    Gingerich, professor of astronomy and professor of the history of science at Harvard University, and also an Anabaptist Christian, delivers an effective rebuke to the idea that science and religion are incompatible. This book may not provide any ideas not more fully developed elsewhere, but Gingerich's is an intelligent and reasoned voice, and his unique background combining an anabaptist (Amish) upbringing and value system with his scientific achievement in the academy makes him an interesting [...]


  • David

    I had the immense good fortune to take a course under Professor Gingerich in 1969."Why is the water in the teakettle boiling? We can answer: "The water is boiling because the heat from the fire raises the temperature of the water until the molecules move faster and faster so that some escape from the surface and become a gas". But we can also answer that the water in the teakettle is boiling because we want some tea. The first answer illustrates what Aristotle called an efficient cause, an expla [...]


  • Arnold Sikkema

    For my astronomy class at Trinity Western University this fall, I am assigning this book as a supplement to a standard stellar and galactic text. It is a delightful account of the perspective of this devout Mennonite, recounting episodes from his childhood interest in the heavens to his work as astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Gingerich brings in the poetry of Chaucer, Hopkins, Whitman as well as the writings of Kepler (including several prayers), Copernicus, Kant, [...]


  • Shahidur Rahman

    From the time of the very auspicious inception of the civilization, mankind is continuing to find out the correct answer to the question about universe creation or creator. Aborigines have taking up the considerations of the causes by religious thoughts in different ways as consolations as there was no practical answer or solutions to the questions. As a result of the present situation, it became possible to find out the correct solutions to the questions about Universe creation or creator throu [...]


  • Matthew

    An anabaptist as well as a Harvard astronomy professor provides the rational voice the faith community needs against an ever growing tide of secularism, who place their own "faith" in science without understanding its limitations. As a theistic evolutionist, however, Gingerich is not necessary a champion of all believers, although he has a following here. It is unavoidable for a person to ask, however, why being an astronomy professor gives Gingerich a position of authority of stating what reali [...]


  • Anton Dubrovskiy

    Dr. Gingerich is a classical proponent of Theistic Evolution. Although reviews of this book claim his respect for other theories, I'm not as sure about this quality of this undoubtedly highly intelligent person. He is quite certain about evolution (sometimes directed, sometimes not), about a billions-years-old universe and quite certain that other people are wrong if they think otherwise.There are some curious thoughts and stories about scientists (mostly, astronomers). Not much if anything is s [...]


  • Jocelyn

    Owen Gingerich had a distinguished career as an astronomer at Harvard. I heard him lecture in 2009. I finally got around to reading his book. He has an interesting premise: that "science works within a constrained framework" of reason and observation; hypothesis and data. Science offers "naturalistic explanations" that "do not explicitly require the hand of God. This does not mean that the universe is actually godless, just that science within its own framework has no other way of working" (pp. [...]


  • Eppursimuov3

    God’s Universe is a very short introduction on the subject of science and faith. It is based on a series of lectures given by Owen Gingerich, a former Professor of Astronomy and Science History at Harvard University. In these very accesible lectures, he talks about the different layers of truth occupied by science and religion on physical and metaphysical levels of understanding. He differentiates Intelligent Design (with caps) from intelligent design, rejecting the former while showing his re [...]


  • Lou

    Un buen libro, El Astrónomo Emérito, realiza un análisis sobre la controversial relación histórica entre ciencia-creencia en Dios. En un análisis intelectualmente honesto y razonable encuentra un punto de partida desde el cual el desarrollo de ambas no interfiere, ni contradice, ni limita a una o la otra.


  • Brett

    Lots of great arguments, but I expect I was looking for more. At points it came across like a series of references rather than commentary, so it bogged for me at those times. Still, the lack of mass five in the big bang seemed to be the most profound revelation, for me anyway.


  • Theresa

    Up-to-date, elegantly presented demonstration that science and faith are not in contention with each other.Gingerich, a scientist, makes many nice distinctions as to which questions belong to science, which to philosophy, which to faith.


  • Diane

    This book, written by a physicist and astronomer and practicing Christian, deals with the connection between science and faith. The book was readable and interesting, but I didn't think that it broke any new ground.


  • Nickvisel

    An interesting read. It lends a sympathetic view towards evolutionary atheists, and seems to advocate theistic evolutionism but seems to use too little bible to back it convincingly. Does give some good credit to God as is due in the creativity evident in the universe, however.


  • Jesse Gavin

    Liked it


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