Title: The Story of the Cosmos
General Editors: Paul M. Gould & Daniel Ray
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
“For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the cosmos does indeed declare the glory of God,” Daniel Ray writes in the first chapter of the book Paul M. Gould and he edited, The Story of the Cosmos: How the Heavens Declare the Glory of God.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-seventy-two-page paperback targets those who want to learn more about the universe that was notably created by the Almighty God. Using mainly the New International Version, other versions referenced are the NASB, RSV, ESV, and NRSV. After an introductory chapter, there are three parts, ending with an afterword, contributors’ biographies, subject and Scripture indexes, and notes. About a dozen full-color photographs and illustrations/diagrams are included.
In this science and faith apologetics read that is a compilation of fourteen authors, the book focuses on how our universe promotes God. The first part is an exploration of the cosmos with six chapters that cover topics such as nature’s intelligibility, meteorites, habitable zones, binary stars, black holes, and the lives of two astronomers, Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. The middle section covers the cosmos through art and literature expressions in three chapters involving well-known painters, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkein. With three chapters in the final section, its concentration is on the evidence of creation involving theology and science, cosmic coincidences, and discarded image rediscovery.
~ Why ~
Anyone who views the heavens on a clear dark night can witness the mystery of God’s creation. I appreciated the many writers’ views on how and when they realized that our universe was not haphazardly put together by chance but engineered beautifully by our Creator. The chapters explain some of cosmology’s history, meteorite studies, living in “the age of astronomical surveys,” that sixty percent of stars are binary, black holes are crucial to the development of the universe, and sometimes cosmic discoveries are unexpected.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in this read, but it could change their stance on God creating the Heavens and the Earth. Some may find it too technical and dry if they do not know enough about the topic. Others may not like the ending where the writer challenges the reader to see the glory of God through His wonderful displays in space.
~ Wish ~
While I thoroughly enjoyed the chapter by Wayne R. Spencer on Brahe and Kepler and how they were true Christians who searched for cosmic answers, I did not care for Brother Guy Consolmango JS’s writing on meteorites as it often discussed his personal life and unrelated material. I wish the book contained more photographs showing the beauty and magnificence of God’s incredible work. It would be thoughtful to capitalize all pronouns of God for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are interested in connecting the dots between man’s quest to learn about space and how God finely tunes it for the existence and flourishment of humans, this may be of interest to you.
Thanks to Harvest House Publishers, Inc. and the editors for this book that I am under no obligation to review.
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