The Case for a Creator
After reading What’s So Great About Christianity, by Dinish D’Souza, I immediately picked up and read The Case for a Creator,
by Lee Strobel (Zondervan). This is a book I had on my bookshelf for
some time, but after reading D’Souza’s book, I was inspired to plunge
into it and I’m glad I did. Published in 2004, this is an amazing book. I
Strobel started out
life in a middle class home, raised by God-fearing parents who brought
him up in the church. However, by the time he graduated from college and
had a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, he was a
committed atheist. But when his wife decided to become a Christian he
couldn’t understand why. Fortunately, he had a very inquisitive and
uniquely open mind. So he decided to investigate on the basis of logic,
history, science, and philosophy. What he learned astounded him.
many ways this book restates Lee Strobel’s investigation of some 30
years prior into whether cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry,
biology, and philosophy support the atheist’s claim that God does not
exist. It is, of course, updated with interviews with current leading
scientists. The book is written in the format of an investigative
reporter who asks tough questions of top leaders in all the fields
mentioned above—world renown scientists, Nobel laureates, and college professors from some of America’s top universities.
writes in depth about topics that frankly, have been of very little
interest to me, but he does so with such force and clarity that I had a
very hard time putting this book down. These interviews with scientific
leaders are so compelling, it’s hard not to agree with their
conclusions. And some of these conclusions are amazing. Several believe
that in the future scientists will become one of the leading advocates
Let me just share on a powerful excerpt from the book, pages 69 and 70:
"Allan Rex Sandage, the greatest observational cosmologist in the world—who
has deciphered the secrets of the stars, plumbed the mysteries of
quasars, revealed the age of globular clusters, pinpointed the distances
of remote galaxies, and quantified the universe’s expansion through his
work at the Mount Wilson and Palomar observatories—prepared to step onto the platform at a conference in Dallas.
scientists are as widely respected as this one-time protégé to
legendary astronomer Edwin Hubble. Sandage has been showered with
prestigious honors from the American Astronomical Society, and the
Swedish Academy of Sciences, receiving astronomy’s equivalent of the
Nobel Prize. The New York Times dubbed him the 'Grand Old Man of Cosmology.'
he approached the stage at this 1985 conference on science and
religion, there seemed to be little doubt where he would sit. The
discussion would be about the origin of the universe, and the panel
would be divided among those scientists who believed in God and those
who didn’t, with each viewpoint having its own side of the stage.
of the attendees probably knew that the ethnically Jewish Sandage had
been a virtual atheist even as a child. Many others undoubtedly believed
that a scientist of his stature must surely be skeptical about God. As
Newsweek put it, ‘The more deeply scientists see into the secrets of the
universe, you’d expect, the more God would fade away from their hearts
and minds.’ So Sandage’s seat among the doubters was a given.
the unexpected happened. Sandage set the room abuzz by turning and
taking a chair among the theists. Even more dazzling, in the context of a
talk about the Big Bang and its philosophical implications, he
disclosed publicly that he had decided to become a Christian at age
You can find out why this
world renown scientist decided to become a Christian when you read this
powerful book. It is enjoyable reading. I urge you to get a copy and
read it. It blew my mind.
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