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The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

November 18, 2017


Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and disappointment at the same time. I will begin by saying this is really a beautiful […]

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

October 17, 2017


Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which we humans find ourselves. (2) We are personally responsible agents and are to be held accountable for […]


April 28, 2017


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


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


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


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


“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 […]