How can we know whether or not God exists? For the last few centuries most scientists have promoted an atheistic or agnostic reply. In the last decade, however, a set of remarkable discoveries about the universe have dramatically jolted their position. Have cosmologists been forced to acknowledge the existence of God? If so, how?
Historically, the question “How did the universe begin?” has evoked chauvinistic replies from opposing camps:
• Scientists have said that there may be an answer, but it only will come through a study of science.
• Theologians have said that there may be an answer, but it will only come through a study of theology.
• Philosophers have concluded that there is no answer. Existentialists go so far as to declare that the question itself is absurd.
To tell the story of how the question has been answered—independently and corroboratively, by both science and theology—is the purpose of this book. In The Fingerprint of God Dr. Hugh Ross tells the fascinating story of how the latest research into origins not only has sealed the case for divine creation, but has revealed the identity of the Creator himself.
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“If the material and energy in the universe are infinite in quantity and in time, then under the right physical conditions an infinite variety of random processes might conceivably explain the appearance of even highly ordered and complex life forms. Similarly, if the ranges of the various conditions and characteristics required to bring about life in our universe are sufficiently broad, no need might exist for a personal creative agent. On the other hand, if the matter and energy are finite in extent and in time, and if the ranges of the parameters for life are narrow, we have potent evidence for a personal Creator, specifically for the God of the Bible.a Thus, size, age, and design figure critically in the debate over who or what is behind the universe.” (Pages 3–4)
“In short, Aristarchus established a remarkably accurate picture of the solar system, and of the system of visible stars, some two thousand years ahead of Copernicus.” (Page 13)
“Of course, design in the natural world has been acknowledged since the beginning of recorded history. Divine design is the message of each of the several hundred creation accounts that form the basis of the world’s religions.2, 3 The idea that the natural world was designed especially for mankind is the very bedrock of the Judaic, Greek, and Christian world-views. Western philosophers of the post-Roman era went so far as to formalize a discipline called teleology—the study of the evidence for overall design and purpose in nature.” (Page 120)
“The first significant scientific efforts to determine the structure of the universe were made by the ancient Greeks. Ionian astronomer Thales in the seventh century B.C. noted that while the Big Dipper constellation never dropped below the horizon in Greece, it did in Egypt. His pupil (according to tradition), Anaximander, concluded that the earth could not be flat, but must be a sphere floating free within a sky of stars, itself spherical in shape.” (Page 12)
No publication brings research findings to the lay reader more clearly and convincingly than does this one by Dr. Ross. The reader will find it gripping in its significance for the Christian faith.
—C. Davis Weyerhaeuser
Here we have a powerful new tool for convincing skeptical minds of the credible and compelling basis for personal faith in Jesus Christ.
—Dr. Bill Bright, president and founder, Campus Crusade for Christ
. . . An impressive integration of material from many different perspectives—philosophical, scientific, and religious. You don’t have to be an expert to read it, but you won’t be disappointed if you are one.
—Dr. Earl Radmacher, president, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary