1. Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God
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    Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God
    Melissa Cain Travis
    Harvest House / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    High Level God and Science Conversation
    July 5, 2018
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I selected this book because I have children who are starting to encounter evolution theory in school and I wanted to give them another resource that could help them better understand the arguments that support Biblical Creation and the Maker Thesis. This book is a great resource, though I should note it is written at a very high level, perhaps best suited to upper high school or college levels.

    Honestly, for my own level of education (four year degree, English major), I found this book difficult to understand in many places. It frustrated me a bit, but for those with the background that I lack, this could be an invaluable tool for how to interpret both historical and current beginning of life theories from a Christian worldview.

    The book is well-cited and has many quotes from scientists and mathematicians of all backgrounds and belief systems (including "none"), contemporary as well as historical. While the author comes at the topic from a believing viewpoint, she is careful to include ideas from many areas of scientific expertise, pointing out how a materialistic view leaves many holes and how the maker thesis works with each one.

    For me, the most useful part of each chapter was the "key points" wrap-up; it reiterated the main themes of the chapter and condensed some of the arguments into more understandable chunks. The conclusion also operated in the same way but would likely not make much sense without the further explanations given throughout the rest of the work.

    Overall this is an excellent resource, though it might frustrate those without a strong math and science background. I recommend it for those who are interested in the topic and who either have said background or are willing to put in the extra time and effort that it may take to engage with the material.

    I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Philosophical argument for a Mind behind the universe
    June 29, 2018
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
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    The thesis of this book, Travis writes, is "...Christian theism, unlike atheism, offers a sufficient explanation of the observable features of the natural world as well as mankind's impressive scientific achievements." (Loc 54/2845) The foundational rationality of nature and that humans are fit to investigate nature are amazing. There is a Mind behind the universe, making it possible for rational inquiry to exist.

    Her Maker Thesis suggests certain discoveries of the natural sciences support the inference of a Mind behind the universe, and that this Mind intended man to be successful in studying the natural sciences. She suggests the Mind structured the universe in such a way man could investigate it and become aware of Him.

    She argues in three areas. First, from modern scientific evidence supporting the philosophical argument for the existence of the Maker. Second, explaining the features of the universe that need to exist to make scientific investigation possible. Third, the philosophical argument that a rational Mind and humans with souls are necessary to the effective practice of the natural sciences.

    Some of her philosophical arguments were beyond my attention span. Her evidence from science did make sense to me. There was a beginning to the universe. The universe is fine tuned for life. The sophisticated design of DNA. There is an amazing interconnection between mathematics and nature. I really appreciated her explanation of the Higg's field and Higg's boson. It's the best I've seen for the non-scientist. I am glad she chose not to enter into the creation/evolution debate too. The Maker Thesis works either way.

    In her conclusion, Travis believes the Maker Thesis best explains the scientific evidence and philosophical arguments she has presented. I think she has done a good job of it. Some of the material might be puzzling for non-scientific readers but she provides a list of key points at the end of each chapter.

    I recommend this book to Christians who are dismayed by the recent claims of atheists that science is disproving the existence of God. Travis shows it is not the case. Granted, there is no hard scientific evidence available to prove that God exists and designed the universe. But Travis's work shows that the Maker Thesis provides a good account of nature and our ability to comprehend and investigate it.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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