Andrews (A Glorious High Throne, 2003, etc.) challenges the assertions of New Atheists in this volume, now in its third edition.
Physicist and theist Andrews seeks to respond to the growing popularity of the notion that modern science proves the nonexistence of God: “This book sets out to explore how the biblical hypothesis of God provides a comprehensible, intellectually consistent and spiritually satisfying view of being that encompasses man’s experience of life, the universe, and everything.” Rather than quoting religious texts, Andrews attempts to debate atheists on their preferred ground, using logic, philosophy, physics, and cosmology to prove how the group’s common arguments are false, flawed, or misrepresentative of what humans actually know of the cosmos. Just as atheists have undermined the factual credibility of the Bible, Andrews’ primary strategy is to undercut the reader’s faith in the omniscience of science. Science, argues Andrews, does not explain the world so much as merely describe it, particularly the physical aspects, while a great many nonphysical facets remain beyond science’s ability to portray (God included). In discussions of quantum mechanics, natural law, evolution, and even black holes, the author makes his case that science will never disprove the existence of God. Rather, a model in which God exists remains the best method of depicting the universe as humans actually experience it. The third edition has been updated with an appendix responding to books by Stephen Hawking, Victor Stenger, and Lawrence Krauss that have been published since the previous edition. Andrews, a skilled and conversational writer, uses humor and appeals to common sense to make his arguments to the reader. His tone is one of reasonable humility, and many of his points are quite persuasive. Like the books of the New Atheists, however, this one is unlikely to convince anyone who isn’t already partial to the author’s point of view. If anything, the reader may simply end up more skeptical of everything. But for those on either side looking for a stronger, less doctrinal defense of theism, this book is a worthy read.
A thoughtful and well-written argument for the existence of God.