Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rob Zimmer Reviews The Science of God

Rob Zimmer, over at the Center for Faith and Science International, has given The Science of God by Gerald Schroeder a much more positive spin than I did. He writes:
The book of Genesis suggests an age of 6,000 years based on a clock which began ticking at its present rate after the universe had expanded into its present size. The initial 14-15 billion years of the universe’s birth and expansion would have equaled only 1/100,000 of a second today. The key point here is that our present rate of time, with a week equaling seven 24 hour periods, is the proper rate of time following the early expansion of the universe when the rate of time was a million million times different. At this “modern rate”, the biblical account of six 24 hour periods of creation seems correct and supported by modern cosmological evidence when, and only when, the two time scales are considered.
As I said in my review, I liked the physics section quite well. I am not able to completely evaluate it but as nearly as I can tell, it has empirical support.

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  1. I read this book, unfortunately I think it's basically ID-based and Hugh-Ross-style concordist silliness, except that Schroeder is good at muddying the water and portraying it all as completely in harmony with science.

    I think Mark Perakh's book is about the only critique...

  2. Well, as I commented on my blog and in a letter to Rob, he really gets the evolution and natural science section wrong—in a very ID fashion. In fact, it was hard to tell his argument from those of Phillip Johson's, Stephen Meyer's or Michael Behe's. I have read several of Johnson's books and skimmed Behe's, and, despite repeated corrections, they get the same stupid stuff wrong.