God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator
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New scientific evidence strongly suggests there was a beginning to our universe. If the universe did indeed have a beginning, by the simple logic of cause and effect, there had to be an agent that induced it.

Through her easy to understand writing, Wickman helps us understand origins of the universe. She takes complex discoveries and interprets them for a non-scienctific audience. In God of the Big Bang she gives readers a better understanding of how Scripture, science and creation fit together.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 161795425X
ISBN-13: 9781617954252

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Author Bio

Leslie Wickman, Ph.D, is an internationally respected research scientist, engineering consultant, author and inspirational speaker. For more than a decade Wickman was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and being designated as Lockheed's Corporate Astronaut. After spending the past 15 years in academia, she currently works as a research scientist with government think tanks on technical and political aspects of national aerospace and defense issues. Dr. Wickman has lectured around the world on satellite servicing, spaceflight physiology, astronaut training and operations, as well as various topics in astronomy, environmental stewardship, and the interface between science and theology. Wickman is also a dedicated athlete, playing competitive beach doubles volleyball with CBVA & FIVB, as well as both indoor and beach volleyball for Athletes in Action in Bolivia, Brazil, and South Africa. She is now retired from women's professional tackle football, but not before earning All-Conference recognition and helping her team, the California Quake, win the Women's World Bowl. Wickman holds a master's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a doctoral degree in human factors and biomechanics, both from Stanford University. She graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University with a bachelor's degree in political science. 
 

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  1. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Science and Faith can coexist...
    April 8, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    SUMMARY:

    Growing up in a home where Christianity and science coexisted, collided and compelled, Leslie Wickman, former corporate astronaut, rocket scientist, engineer and current chair of a science program and research center, argues effectively that faith and science can coincide. Using the theory of coherence with the two, Leslie Wickman also advocates land stewardship, renewable energy, sustainability and conservation.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    I admired the fact that the author did not flip on her beliefs but rather used evidence to show both can complement each other for a better understanding of the world in which we live. Based on the Bible being written timelessly for future generations, though science may change, God does not. Interesting, affirmative, knowledgeable and straight-forward, God of the Big Bang would be wonderful for new believers, seasoned faith holders or anyone wondering how it all can fit together. Great as a reference and resource, I will definitely return to the book as well as lend it to others. Well done!

    RATING:

    5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of God of the Big Bang from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good introduction to reconciling faith and science
    April 6, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a great book for Christians who have difficulty reconciling their faith with science. It is also a good book for those who trust science but are skeptic of Christian faith. Wickman has written this book to help break down the perceived wall between science and faith. One does not have to reject one to embrace the other.

    Wickman grew up knowing God as Creator but had trouble reconciling that with science which seemed to teach something else. Desiring to integrate the two ways of knowing led her to research. She found that, rather than contradicting each other, they were complementary and formed a coherent view of the world. She advocates a cycle of new scientific discovery followed by an adjustment in our interpretation of Scripture to avoid a crisis of faith.

    Evidence for God's existence is presented, reviewing classical arguments. She explains the scientific method, being careful to note its limits. It can only disprove theories, not prove them, and it is limited to that which can be tested by empirical means (the natural world). She explores logic and its use to determine what is true and what is not. She includes insights into the possibility of additional dimensions, evidence for the authenticity and historical reliability of the Bible, and the teleological argument.

    She also has a long chapter on responsible earth care including climate change. She advocates developing and utilizing more renewable and sustainable energy sources, emphasizing stewardship and environmental care. She also looks at the search for extraterrestrial life.

    She calls for a place between the six day creation and a totally naturalistic view of the universe. She writes, The author of the creation accounts in Genesis used ancient near Eastern science and ancient poetic prose to describe the world God created. (77) Her thesis is that there is truth about both God and nature. An appearance of conflict must come from incomplete knowledge or a wrong interpretation of the evidence. (28)

    While this is a good book for both believer and skeptic, Wickman does assume in some places that the reader believes biblical accounts, such as Jesus' miracles. In general, it is a good introduction for those who want to reconcile faith and science. It is a thoughtful investigation into these two ways of knowing. It's length keeps it from being too intimidating and adds to its use as an good introduction to the science and faith topic.

    Wickman is proof, she says, that science and Christian faith can be reconciled to provide a fascinating life filled with purpose and meaning. (170) She includes tips to help each of us come to that place.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  3. Rich Deem
    Los Angeles, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational introduction into the modern scientific evidence for God's existence
    April 2, 2015
    Rich Deem
    Los Angeles, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator is Dr. Leslie Wickman's first book on the intersection of faith and science. Having grown up in a Christian home, Dr. Wickman was compelled to examine how science fit in with her Christian beliefs as she studied science growing up. In 2014, Dr. Wickman wrote an article on CNN's religion blog entitled, "Does the Big Bang breakthrough offer proof of God?," which went viral, resulting in a publisher requesting she write a book. So, the years of studying have resulted in God of the Big Banga layman's examination of the evidence supporting the existence of God.

    God of the Big Bang examines the classical philosophical arguments for God's existence, the scientific method, and the use of logical arguments, the reliability of the Bible and who Jesus is, different worldviews and traditional Christian interpretations about the origin of the universe and how the fine tuning of nature's numbers is probably the best evidence for the validity of the Christian worldview.

    Dr. Wickman's passion for the beauty of God's creation has compelled her to get involved in environmental stewardship, the Christian concept of protecting God's world for future generations of His people. Finally, God of the Big Bang examines the question of if we are alone in the universe or surrounded by myriads of extraterrestrial civilizations. Dr. Wickman concludes that we probably are alone in the universe and were specially created according to God's purposes.

    Dr. Leslie Wickman's first book is an inspirational, easily readable account of what she has learned in her journey of faith and her study of science. Dr. Wickman's passion for how science and faith interact is best summarized by her statements, "So much in both realms of science and faith may not be fully understood for hundreds or thousands of years. My hope is that I never lose a holy curiosity about the way God works in either realm." May all of us be so inspired in our journeys of faith.
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