God, Science, and Society: The Origin of the Universe, Intelligent Life, and Free Societies

by Anthony Walsh (Boise State University)

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To say that Dr. Walsh covers a lot of ground is an understatement. He counters the “New Atheists” with evidence from physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, and theology. If Christianity is true, then it should provide us with a holistic understanding of reality. In addition, every discipline should provide signposts to God when considered fairly. Drawing from recent expert scholarship, Walsh does an admirable job showing that this is indeed the case.

Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez
Professor of Physics and Astrobiology, Ball State University


Professor Walsh provides...a vision showing how the big unanswered questions of physics, biology, sociology, and chemistry point to a creating God who intended to preserve life in this corner of the universe.. Christian theism is the key that unlocks the mysterious door that science points to.

Dr. Scott Yenor
Professor of Political Science, Boise State University


Anthony Walsh has put together an incredibly important and scientific book that examines the intersection of science and religion. For the most part, science has been used to discredit religion and undermine the existence of God. Walsh, however, tackles this issue head-on and shows how science actually underscores the existence of God and the importance of religion. Overall, this book fills a much-needed gap in the literature, it is well-written, and includes references to the most appropriate and up-to-date pieces of scholarship. I know of no other book that competes with this book and my hunch is that it will sell well given that it is polarizing and addresses an issue that most people have strong feelings about.

Dr. Kevin Beaver
Florida State University

“It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion, science offers a surer path to God than religion…science has actually advanced to the point where what were formerly religious questions can be seriously tackled” (Paul Davies, Astrophysicist). Anthony Walsh’s latest riposte to atheistic arguments against God's existence draws on Natural Theology, a knowledge of God based on evidence from both the natural and social sciences. Covering everything from the Big Bang and the origins of life to the mystery of intelligent consciousness, Walsh makes even the most technical scientific writings accessible to the general reader and tackles a question few books on the relationship between science and religion have ever sought to address: how does Christianity positively affect societies, families, and individuals in terms of democracy, justice, happiness, health, and prosperity?

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Preface

CHAPTER ONE
Christianity, Rationality, and the New Atheists

CHAPTER TWO
Science Declares the Glory of God

CHAPTER THREE
The Anthropic Principle and Scientific Explanation

CHAPTER FOUR
The Big Bang: The Event that Traumatized Physics

CHAPTER FIVE
Fine-Tuning and Stellar Alchemy

CHAPTER SIX
The Universe Engineered “Just Right” for Us

CHAPTER SEVEN
The “Just Right” Galaxy and Solar System

CHAPTER EIGHT
Earth: Our Privileged and Improbable Home I

CHAPTER NINE
Earth: Our Privileged and Improbable Home II

CHAPTER TEN
Losing God in the Multiverse

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Finding God in the Multiverse

CHAPTER TWELVE
DNA: God’s Book of Life

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Abiogenesis: The Mother of all Scientific Puzzles

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Molecules, Membranes, and Information

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Cracks in Neo-Darwinism: Micro is not Macro

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
The Problems of Information, Devolution, and Time

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
God of the Gaps, Intelligent Design, and Theistic Evolution

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
The Human Body: The Temple of God I

CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Human Body: The Temple of God II

CHAPTER TWENTY
The Brain: The Little Universe Within

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
Mind/Soul, Consciousness, and Love

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO
Free Will and Determinism

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE
The Problem of Evil: Atheism’s Best Argument

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR
Christianity, Atheism, and Morality

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE
Christianity and the Healthy, Happy, Loving Life

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX
Christianity, Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN
The Modern American Assault on Christianity

References

Index

Anthony Walsh is the author or co-author of 42 books and over 150 peer-reviewed articles, including a number related to the present work. His primary areas of teaching and research are biosocial science (the intersection of genetics and neurobiology with the social sciences). He has taught at Boise State University in Idaho for 34 years. Before entering academia, he was a marine, police officer, and probation officer. His work on the neurochemistry of love led to appearances on the Phil Donahue Show and Nippon TV (Japan).

science and religion, anthropic principle, evolution, natural theology

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Bibliographic Information

Book Title
God, Science, and Society: The Origin of the Universe, Intelligent Life, and Free Societies
ISBN
978-1-62273-941-7
Edition
1st
Number of pages
354
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Illustrations
18 B&W
Publication date
July 2020
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