Monday, May 09, 2005

The Case for a Creator reviewed

Julie, at Happy Catholic, has posted this review of Lee Strobel's latest book, The Case for a Creator. All of Mr. Strobel's works figure prominently on my list of books that I want to get around to reading sometime in the near future, and this one looks like it will be very interesting indeed. A hat-tip to Julie for a fine review, which of course is something to be expected on a site as good as hers.

While reading her article, I reflected back on an experience I have always cherished. Back in 1970, when I was in the process of deciding whether to cast my lot with the Mormons and be baptized into the faith, the missionaries gave me a little book, written by Dr. Henry Eyring, titled The Faith of a Scientist. Dr. Eyring, who passed away in 1981 at age 80, was an internationally-renowned chemist, and the father of Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Council of the Twelve. (Incidentally, he was also a brother-in-law to President Spencer W. Kimball.) My high-school chemistry textbook featured an article about Dr. Eyring, and mentioned specifially that he was deeply religious, and generously devoted his time and means to his church. I have always been easily drawn to people who manage to combine intellect with spirituality, so Dr. Eyring quickly established himself as one of my first Latter-day Saint heroes. (Later, on two different occasions, I had the privilege of meeting him.) In essence, the book was a sort of personal testimony about his inability to find any real conflict between true science and true religion, both of which, in his view, concerned themselves with the eternal verities of the universe. I read the book several times, and of course eventually joined the Church as well, comforted in the assurance that a church good enough for someone like Dr. Eyring would also have a place in it for me.


Blogger Barney said...

I have felt the same way about Neal Maxwell, Dallin Oaks, and Jeff Holland.

9:08 PM  
Blogger JMichaelPaul said...

Some, indeed, have become believers in Jesus Christ because they found a way to wed the scientific method with the concept and reality of a Creator.

For example, Sir Isaac Newton was deeply devoted to an examination of the spiritual as well as to physics.

Louis Pasteur is a popular example
of a scientist who had a deep faith
in God. His name will appear here and there when this type of discussion comes up.

"(Pasteur) died with his rosary in his hand, after listening to the life of St. Vincent de Paul which he had asked to have read to him, because he thought that his work like that of St. Vincent would do much to save suffering children."

Why is it important for some of us to see a well known scientist accept the reality of God before we will believe?

We trust the METHOD or the protocol which these researchers have followed to find all the answers.

In contrast, there are those in the world who believe in something (whether correctly or incorrectly), because they trust
a PERSON. It is usually a preacher, a family member or a friend.

But, either way ...

Almighty God wants much more than a belief in him. And He also hopes for something more than even good words. He wants us to be AWARE of him with our own spirit.

It takes time and it takes developing a discipined prayer life, but the rewards are many.

Eventually, we become deeply aware of spiritual concepts such as anointing, blessing, supernatural healing, and grace. When we receive abundantly from God, our motivation to abandon our belief in Him drops close to zero. Usually we continue to believe, but the challenge becomes to listen and to follow in faith.

I think both Newton and Pasteur knew this and would want us to know as well.


12:35 PM  
Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

Thanks for the insightful comment. I am trying to figure out how to edit it so I can provide direct links to the webpages you refer to.

9:23 AM  

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