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By Stephen M. Barr

A large amount of public debate and media print has been dedicated to the “war among technology and religion.”

In his obtainable and eminently readable new ebook, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what's rather at warfare with faith isn't really technological know-how itself, yet a philosophy referred to as medical materialism. Modern Physics and historic Faith argues that the nice discoveries of contemporary physics are extra suitable with the significant teachings of Christianity and Judaism approximately God, the cosmos, and the human soul than with the atheistic point of view of clinical materialism.

Scientific materialism grew out of clinical discoveries made up of the time of Copernicus as much as the start of the 20 th century. those discoveries led many considerate humans to the realization that the universe has no reason or function, that the human race is an unintended derivative of blind fabric forces, and that the final word fact is topic itself. Barr contends that the innovative discoveries of the 20 th century run counter to this line of notion. He makes use of 5 of those discoveries—the massive Bang concept, unified box theories, anthropic coincidences, Gödel’s Theorem in arithmetic, and quantum theory—to solid severe doubt at the materialist’s view of the area and to offer higher credence to Judeo-Christian claims approximately God and the universe.
Written in transparent language, Barr’s rigorous and reasonable textual content explains glossy physics to normal readers with no oversimplification. utilizing the insights of recent physics, he unearths that glossy clinical discoveries and non secular religion are deeply consonant. an individual with an curiosity in technology and faith will locate Modern Physics and historical Faith invaluable.

“A sleek physicist who writes with impressive readability and verve, and knows the highbrow arguments lengthy utilized by the traditional faiths, Stephen Barr offers an excellent safety of the integrity of technology within the enamel of its strongest smooth bias, through telling the interesting tale of the increase, complacency, and fall of clinical materialism. As his tale crackles alongside, and simply on the element of attaining rather tricky strategies, he has a knack for inventing illustrations that make one's internal mild bulbs flash back and again.” —Michael Novak, Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for growth in Religion

“Barr has produced a super and authoritative protection of Biblical religion within the mild of latest technology. He perceives a significant clash, no longer among glossy physics and historical religion, yet among faith and materialism. I recognize of no different publication that makes the case opposed to materialism so lucidly, in truth, and deftly.” —Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian heart for Astrophysics

“Written from the perspective of an entire physicist, this publication is a useful contribution to the becoming curiosity within the dating among technological know-how and faith. The arguments are conscientiously logical and the documentation is excellent.” —Robert Scherrer, Ohio kingdom University

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Es gibt in der Geschichte der Religion kein zweites Beispiel, wo der Glaube in unbedingter Weise an ein Unbedingt-Einmaliges so gebunden ist, wie der christliche Glaube als Glaube an das in Jesus Geschehene es ist. Es ist ein symbolisch bedeutsamer Ausdruck dieser Tatsache, daß die Zeit der Weltgeschichte von diesem Ereignis - nämlich von der Geburt Jesu Christi her - als ihrem Mittelpunkt vorwärts und rückwärts gerechnet wird, daß die Jahre ante und post christunl natum gezählt werden. Das heißt aber die im christlichen Glauben ent1) Niels FeITe hat in seinem übrigens sehr beachtlichen Buch Tbe christian understanding of God 1951, S.

Im Gebiet einer anderen eschato1Q,gischen Religion. 26 französische Revolution als notwendige, unvermeidliche Reaktion gegen die unerträglichen Zustände einer feudalen und absolutistischen Gesellschaftsordnung erklären läßt, so hat auch die ihr vorausgehende geistige Bewegung der Aufklärung ihre innere Notwendigkeit und ihr gutes sittliches Recht. Was aus der Christusoffenbarung in den Händen des abendländischen Menschen, vor allem in den Händen der Kirche und ihrer Theologie geworden war, das konnte Menschen, die die Wahrheit und die geistige Freiheit liebten, nicht mehr befriedigen.

Das erste dieser Momente ist das der Persönlichkeit, das zweite ist das der menschheitlichen Universalität. Der christliche Glaube ist unbedingt-persönlich und er ist unbedingt-menschheitlich. Er ist unbedingt persönlich in mehrfachem Sinn. n, und zwar auf eine Person der Geschichte, auf diese aber in unbedingtem Sinne. In Jesus Christus erk'ennt der christliche Glaube die göttliche Person, das Geheimnis der Personheit Gottes selbst. Das Wort Gottes, das worin Gott sich selbst offenbart, ist nun nicht mehr ein prophetisches Wort, sondern eine Person der Geschichte.

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