A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
I confess that I approached this book with some degree of scepticism - I've encountered a lot of heated Creationist dogma in my time and I was expecting this to be yet more of the same. For me personally the Creation/Evolution debate is a non-issue: I'm more interested in how God keeps the ball rolling now than in how he started it rolling way back when, and an evolutionary process of creation doesn't seem unreasonable to me.
Strobel is no one's fool, however, and he sets the scene by describing his own journalistic encounters with some ardent Creationists:
"If Darwin's right, we're just sophisticated monkeys. The Bible is wrong. There is no God. And without God, there's no right or wrong. We can just make up our morals as we go. The basis for all we believe is destroyed... people have to choose between science and faith, between evolution and the Bible, between the Ten Commandments and make-'em-up-as-you-go ethics." (p.11)
So is the situation really that bad? Science or faith? Evolution or the Bible? In this book Strobel steps back from this sort of diametrically opposed thinking and takes a long, hard look at recent scientific evidence, ranging through Cosmology, Physics, Astronomy, Biochemistry and Consciousness Studies — and finds himself drawn inescapably towards belief in a Creator, an intelligent designer, as the only conclusion that makes sense of the evidence.
As with his previous books — The Case for Christ (reviewed here) and The Case for Faith — rather than simply set out his own arguments, he presents his case in the form of a series of interviews with top scholars in their respective fields: Jonathan Wells, Stephen C Meyer, William Lane Craig and Michael J Behe, to name but a few.
Strobel challenges them to defend their positions, pointing out various problems raised by their critics. Each one, however, rises to the challenge, building up to the same conclusion: Darwinian evolution as a standalone hypothesis to explain the origins and development of the universe, life and intelligence is woefully inadequate.
Each chapter closes with suggestions for further reading, whilst the book itself closes with a section giving questions for further reflection or study relating to each chapter. Personally, I'd have preferred to see these at the end of the relevant chapters along with the reading lists, and similarly would have preferred footnotes rather than endnotes, but these are minor quibbles about a book that presents a vital message that our society — largely brainwashed into believing that evolution disproves God — desperately needs to hear.
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Phil Groom, July 2004
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