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Sapiens

April 28, 2017

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Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5 billion Matter and energy appear. Beginning of physics. Atoms and molecules appear. Beginning of chemistry. […]

The Theory of Everything | Reflections

April 19, 2017

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The Theory of Everything, 2014. [PG-13] Christianity Today review; The Guardian, The Theory of Everything Does Jane Hawking A Disservice; “Look what we made” I spend more than my fair share of time contemplating and discussing matters of faith, science, naturalism, and metaphysics, so no doubt, Stephen Hawking gets quite a bit of air time in my […]

The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

February 13, 2017

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Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we think it’s true, the big picture as we currently understand it. (3) The other goal […]

The Accidental Universe | Notes & Review

November 21, 2016

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Alan Lightman. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew. Vintage Books, 2013. (157 pages) Boston Globe review by Emily Rapp; Harper’s Magazine, by Trevor Quirk; Harper’s Magazine, by Alan Lightman; Salon by Laura Miller; New York Journal of Books by Richard Cytowic. Preface The mind is certainly its own cosmos. As Milton wrote […]

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

November 10, 2016

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“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by two very real forces when it comes to my voice and politics. The first is […]

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

October 13, 2016

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Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you. – Werner Heisenberg, theoretical physicist and […]

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

December 29, 2014

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and science…usually testify to some major crisis in society. (1) [via: I opine that is because […]