Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home
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Are we really just the result of innumerable coincidences? Or is there a more reasonable explanation?

Most of us remember the basics from science classes about how Earth came to be the only known planet that sustains complex life. But what most people don't know is that the more thoroughly researchers investigate the history of our planet, the more astonishing the story of our existence becomes.

The number and complexity of the astronomical, geological, chemical, and biological features recognized as essential to human existence have expanded explosively within the past decade. An understanding of what is required to make possible a large human population and advanced civilizations has raised profound questions about life, our purpose, and our destiny.

With sound biblical and scientific support, Dr. Hugh Ross's Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home guides readers on a riveting tour, through time and space, following the scientific story from the very beginning to the present, to bring us back to our own planet and demonstrate that there is an intricately formed plan, purpose, and design in the universe. Ross's insight will provide nonscientists with a fascinating and informative account of the copious miracles that undergird the exquisitely fine-tuned planet we call home-as if Someone had us in mind all along. The story that emerges out of Dr. Ross's account will validate biblical affirmation that this universe serves as a launching pad for the new creation to come, impacting how you choose to live here and now.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 283
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801016894
ISBN-13: 9780801016899

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Author Bio

Hugh Ross (PhD, University of Toronto) is founder and president of Reasons To Believe (www.reasons.org). He is the author of many books, including More Than a Theory and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is. An astronomer, Ross has addressed students and faculty on over 300 campuses in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of science-faith topics. From science conferences to churches to government labs, Ross presents powerful evidence for a purpose-filled universe. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

Endorsements

"In Improbable Planet, Ross holds readers' hands, leading them in a readable yet gently technical format through a compelling layer-upon-layer argument for the distinctiveness of the planet on which we live and of the preparation for inimitable life on Earth. The text is replete with references from primary scientific articles in some of the most well-respected journals, underscoring the highest academic rigor taken in substantiating the factual claims. Only the shamefully flippant could dismiss this book as being a faith-filled presentation rather than the scholarly work it represents."

James M. Tour, T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Rice University; R&D magazine's 2013 Scientist of the Year

"Dr. Ross has done it again! With his typical clarity, insight, and precision, Ross shows how recent scientific findings undermine naturalism while simultaneously providing evidence that there is a plan, purpose, and design in the universe. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, you will be challenged and equipped immensely by reading Improbable Planet. I highly recommend it."
Sean McDowell, PhD, professor, Biola University; bestselling author of over 15 books, including A New Kind of Apologist

"Hugh Ross's proven scientific credentials and his enduring commitment to biblical Christianity qualify him to speak authoritatively in the often raucous encounter between science and theology. The quality of Hugh Ross's work in Improbable Planet is characterized in his stated efforts to respond to Carl Sagan's assertion that 'the cosmos is all there is or ever was or ever will be.' Using scientific evidence, Ross skillfully validates the biblical affirmation that this universe serves as a launching pad for the new creation to come. He powerfully reveals the deep biblical foundations that undergird his extensive scientific explanations, offering a model of thoroughness that should characterize biblical Christianity's interface with science."                   
Byron D. Klaus, former president, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

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