Monday, April 6, 2015

God of the Big Bang - Book Review

Let’s face it almost everyone would like an answer to the question of how we got here. An elementary answer would state either creation or evolution. An answer with a little bit more stickiness to it would say “a little bit of both.”

God of the Big Bang: HowModern Science Affirms the Creator took me a bit by surprise. I expected a treatise on creation ex nihilo from a conservative point of view. I received the ex nihilo but not the conservative.

God of the Big Bang written by Leslie Wickman, Ph.D. is a further affirmation that faith and science are not at odds. Dr. Wickman, a former Lockheed Martin corporate astronaut, certainly has her hand on science. She is literally a rocket scientist, but more importantly she is a Christian. With this in mind she should be able to provide us with a unique perspective on faith and science.

God of the Big Bang is filled with science so if you’re the science type, you will enjoy this volume. And if you’re the faith type, you will probably enjoy it also.

But here’s the cautionary note: My deduction is that Dr. Wickman is not a literal creationist. Rather she fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes that she presents in Chapter 6: “Genesis and Origins: A Spectrum of Views.” On one end of the spectrum are the strict evolutionists spurred on by Charles Darwin and at the other end are Christian apologists like Dr. Henry Morris (Institute for Creation Research). Thus, the truth falls somewhere in the middle.

So, here’s my recommendation: If you’re interested in a definitive answer to the Big Bang you won’t find it here. If you’re interested in a little research into the compatibility of faith and science, read this volume. If you’re not sure what you believe, you will probably be swayed to some position involving theistic evolution. If you are already a literal creationist, you will most likely not be impressed.

Disclaimer: I was provided this book by Worthy Publishing for purposes of an honest review.