Critical Book Review
April 22, 2014
God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World In Patrick Glynn, God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999) v-169 we find the discussion of God’s existence. In this book, Patrick Glynn explains the way he went about finding God, and what he thinks to be proof that God exists. He writes his beliefs and everything he took into consideration, so that those who read his book, God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World, may take an informed stand on what they believe to be is real. In the very beginning of the book the author, Patrick Glynn, attempts to portray himself as an Atheist that converts over to being a believer of God’s existence – after he checked all of the “evidence”. He starts off in the first paragraph drawing the reader’s attention, and making us wonder what exactly he was talking about until later when he elaborates on the specific “news”. There are multiple quotes throughout the Introduction that perhaps shows that Patrick Glynn, truly “wanted” to believe that there is a God, because he accepts arguments that aren’t completely right and have flaws in them. In Chapter One, “A Not-So-Random Universe”, something very ironic sticks out in my mind. The fact that on the 500th anniversary of Copernicus’ birthday, Carter presents his theory that’s the “philosophical overthrow of the Copernican revolution itself,” (Page 22) Copernicus’ Theory is the theory that “humankind had no privileged central place in the universe…” (Page 25) Besides that, you see that Patrick Glynn mostly defends the “anthropic principle”. The overall view of anthropic principle is that “the universe we inhabit appeared to be expressly designed for the emergence of human beings.” (Page 23 – God) Also, in chapter one, Glynn briefly discusses the Big Bang Theory and...
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