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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.
Number of Pages: 283
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
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"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
JDM5 Stars Out Of 5The many miracles required to make a home for usMarch 12, 2018JDMQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was the one of the best science/faith books I've ever read. Dr. Ross believes in the inerrancy of scripture and shows how modern science affirms this view by showing how improbable it would be for earth to support life without the intervention of the Christian God. A very well researched book.
TrueWORD BelieverCAAge: 35-44Gender: Female1 Stars Out Of 5Genesis 3 CompromiseDecember 30, 2017TrueWORD BelieverCAAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Hugh Ross seeks to explain the origins of Earth through the lens of man's understanding of the world and it's workings. The problem is that you cannot do that if you believe in the inerrancy and truly God inspired nature of God's Word. Satan deceived Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 by asking, "Did God really say that?" Ross attempts to explain origins by asking the same thing today. Gods Word says to run away from false teaching... Run away. There is a book called"The Lie" by Ken Ham, read that instead.
Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Habitability for Redemption- An amazing description of the design of our planet for the salvation of millions of humans through Jesus ChristApril 17, 2017Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book "Improbable Planet" is a jaw-dropping work that takes the reader through the history of the development of our planet, from the beginning of our solar system through the geologic processes of today. The processes that scientists have discovered that our planet went through are just mind-blowing and only make sense if there was a Creator with a purpose guiding them. I HIGHLY recommend it. Check out my chapter-by-chapter review if you still need some convincing:
Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The scientific case that God designed our planet for a purpose: RedemptionApril 3, 2017Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home is an amazing read. I work with several project managers at my job, and they have shown me representations of the schedules of their various projects. These include the necessary order of numerous steps, deadlines for the steps, the goals of each step, and the final purpose. Many of the steps must be done together and within certain time periods; otherwise, the project will fail. If you have ever mapped out a project or have seen one mapped out, you may be familiar with Gantt charts and how complex they can be. As I was only a couple chapters into this book, I could not help but imagine the incredible complexity behind the project that God planned and executed perfectly to accomplish His purposes. The projects that I have seen at work do not compare to the project that was our planet. If it is reasonable to think that the smaller and less complex projects at work were the product of designers, then it is even more reasonable to understand the project that was our planet is the product of a Designer.
Dr. Ross skillfully brings numerous discoveries of numerous disciplines of science together to give the big picture of the project of our planet. He then shows from the Bible what the end purpose was, and how it all comes together into a cohesive worldview that ends with Christian evangelism. He shows how God did not merely start the process at the big bang and wait for natural processes to "accidentally" complete each step. Rather God initiated each step at the earliest moment possible after the previous step was completed, and while certain steps were being completed He was working on other necessary steps. He shows how it was necessary that each step be completed within precise boundaries and deadlines that, if crossed or missed, we would not exist.
Dr. Ross masterfully demonstrates God's patient yet highly active execution of His cosmic project. The argument from design in this book is awe-inspiring scientifically and theologically. The way the argument is presented makes it nearly impossible to be intellectually dismissed, especially by those even remotely involved in engineering or project management. I highly recommend that all Christians pick up a copy of this book. It will give you a new appreciation for the creation and the power, care, patience, and love of our Creator and Savior. It will also give you a tremendous tool to discuss and defend the truth of the Christian worldview from the latest discoveries in the hard sciences.
I especially recommend this volume to Christian apologists interested in arguments from design. This book takes the teleological argument to the next level. It goes beyond just identifying the finely-tuned constants of the universe to show how, even within a finely-tuned universe, in order for the arrival of advanced life such as humans, the processes that formed the final site of advanced life had to be meticulously planned and guided. The argument in the book appeals directly to what is known about the necessity of a designer behind projects, and implied throughout the book is the exponentially decreasing probabilistic resources available to the naturalist to explain our existence. Scientists, every day, are discovering new features of the history of our planet that cry out for a purposeful explanation. Improbable Planet needs to be in your personal library and part of your collection of tools to defend the truth that God created this universe and us for a purpose: to redeem us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For more, check out my full, chapter-by-chapter review here: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-review-improbable-planet-how-earth.html
Book5 Stars Out Of 5Improbable PlanetJanuary 20, 2017BookQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Excellent