With exoplanets being discovered daily, Earth is still the only
planet we know of that is home to creatures who seek a coherent
explanation for the structure, origins, and fate of the universe,
and of humanity s place within it. Today, science and religion are
the two major cultural entities on our planet that share this goal
of coherent understanding, though their interpretation of evidence
differs dramatically. Many scientists look at the known universe
and conclude we are here by chance. The renowned astronomer and
historian of science Owen Gingerich looks at the same evidence
along with the fact that the universe is comprehensible to our
minds and sees it as proof for the planning and intentions of a
Creator-God. He believes that the idea of a universe without God is
an oxymoron, a self-contradiction. God s Planet" exposes the
fallacy in thinking that science and religion can be kept
Gingerich frames his argument around three questions: Was
Copernicus right, in dethroning Earth from its place at the center
of the universe? Was Darwin right, in placing humans securely in an
evolving animal kingdom? And was Hoyle right, in identifying
physical constants in nature that seem singularly tuned to allow
the existence of intelligent life on planet Earth? Using these
episodes from the history of science, Gingerich demonstrates that
cultural attitudes, including religious or antireligious beliefs,
play a significant role in what passes as scientific understanding.
The more rigorous science becomes over time, the more clearly God s
handiwork can be comprehended."
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