Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality. This book contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans.
Treating the traditional God concept, as conventionally presented in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions, like any other scientific hypothesis, physicist Stenger examines all of the claims made for God's existence. He considers the latest Intelligent Design arguments as evidence of God's influence in biology. He looks at human behavior for evidence of immaterial souls and the possible effects of prayer. He discusses the findings of physics and astronomy in weighing the suggestions that the universe is the work of a creator and that humans are God's special creation. After evaluating all the scientific evidence, Stenger concludes that beyond a reasonable doubt the universe and life appear exactly as we might expect if there were no God.
©2007 Victor J. Stenger (P)2016 Pitchstone Publishing
Victor at his pithy, no nonsense best! A real philosophical and scientific standpoint. A must read for non - theists who want some weight behind their arguments.
I've heard several of these arguments before but there are still additional hypothesis that add to the scientific response to theism. I also applaud the insistence that science does have something to say about God. I've always found it incredibly foolish (and hypocritical) for theistic elements to stomp on science with their money, politics and dictatorial fear mongering but then insist on seperation from scientific fact when those facts disprove their own authority and do so calmly and with a decorum the religious seem to lack. Stenger insists that the nature of the God Hypothesis means it CAN be disproven with science and he does so beautifully.
"How do you mess up a simple reading THIS BADLY?!"
I'm not a professional reader, nor do I claim to be one on TV. However, I could've read this book UNDERWATER, with clothespins clamped to my tongue, and given a better reading than this!!!
It's one of the worst performances of A GREAT BOOK that I've ever come across on Audible. I honestly hate the fact that I'm leaving this review, because the book itself is DEFINITELY worth your time, but I feel like the only way that these authors and/or publishers are ever going to get serious about hiring high-quality readers is IF they see enough of these honest critiques.
Sadly, this audiobook could've gone down as one of the all time best on this particular subject, however the narrator had other ideas...
"Can't get enuf scientific facts!"
I love reading books that show science in its true light and glory- our only method of discovering anything for real! (Or until we find new evidence to real it up a little closer)
I can't get enuf and loved this book!
"Decent Book. Failed Performance."
No. There are better books on the topic and the narration of this edition is distractingly bad.
No. The least this guy (or his producer) could have done is research basic pronunciations. The reading is so distractingly bad as to spoil what is otherwise a competent volume.
It's essential reading in this field and therefore worth the listen. The performance of the book did nothing for me other than make it so that I could absorb the book while driving.
Many of us have waited hopefully for Stenger's volumes to come to audiobook form. I'm guessing that the publisher knew this and rushed the book to audio form. The performance and execution shows it. Stenger is dead. His books probably had/have exactly one shot at audiobook form. It's really disappointing that this is the result of that one shot.
"Scientific method for the win!"
A great narration by David Smalley of an excellent book! Stenger's methodical approach brings a fresh perspective and intellectual honesty to a sensitive subject. Scientists have proven boundlessly creative in finding ways to test and blind the seemingly untestable, and it is pleasure to see these techniques applied to the attributes of God-hood.
"Good read, poor reader"
The content is interesting if not original. There are many other works by and in favor of atheists and atheism that make the case as well or better. Personally, I prefer Dawkins and Hitchens but to each their own. What is maddening about the audio version is the often horrible mispronounciations of words like automaton (pronounced herein as "otto-may-ton") and Empedocles ("imp-a-do-clees"). How it passed any quality inspection still puzzles me.
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