It's definitely not a light-hearted, take-to-the-beach
romance book. The cover is eerie, showing the darkness of
space, save for the light at the center of a spiral galaxy.
But The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific
Evidence for the Creator by Steven R. Hemler (Saint
Benedict Press, 2014) is a worthwhile read for any believer
who couldn't find the right responses when confronted by
agnostics - or even for cradle Catholics who could use a
scientific boost to long-held beliefs.
President of CAINA, the Catholic Apologetics Institute of
North America, Hemler bypasses traditional Sunday school
rationale in favor of hard-hitting, scientific reasoning. He
explains: "While we may have subjective reasons for belief in
God, in this book we are primarily concerned with objective
evidence of God's existence." Hemler divides his book into
three parts, offering three sets of evidence for God's
existence: cosmic, biological and human nature.
In Part One, Hemler uses the "Big Bang Theory" to springboard
into a discussion of the physics, astromomy and mathematics
that point to God's existence. If one agrees that the
universe is expanding, he argues, it must have had a
beginning, caused by an "intelligent Mind." Hemler marvels at
the "orderly, predictable, intelligible" laws of physics and
the "constants of nature" found in mathematical equations,
all of which "have precisely the values needed for the
universe to be capable of producing and supporting life."
Biological evidence of God's existence is discussed in Part
Two, beginning with a discussion of how creation theory and
evolution theory can coexist: "Religion helps us understand
why things are the way they are. Science helps us understand
how they got that way."
God is the primary cause of the universe who set in motion
laws of nature through which He continues to create. The
complex makeup of DNA in cells is one example of God's
existence; the sequencing of proteins, coming together in
exactly the right order to create different life forms, must
have had an "intelligent cause" - God.
In the last section, Hemler points to human thought and
reason as traits that could not have evolved randomly. Unlike
all other creatures, man has an enhanced consciousness that
leads him to seek perfect truth; such desire is not necessary
for basic survival but must have been made part of human
nature by a Higher Cause. Hemler points to philosophical
arguments made by physicist Blaise Pascal and St. Thomas
Aquinas' as strong bases for accepting God's existence.
While not a sit-down-and-read-cover-to-cover work, The
Reality of God is presented in a format that allows the
reader to absorb and understand the arguments, one at a time.
In addition to citing secular sources, the book draws from
the bedrock of Catholicism, such as The Catechism of the
Catholic Church and the writings of Popes John Paul II and
Benedict XVI. Each part of the book includes a concluding
wrap-up with open-ended questions for personal reflection or
Readers who doubt the existence of God may experience a
number of "aha" moments when everything seems to (finally)
make sense. Catholics may experience the same thing - or may
finish the book with the quiet reassurance of truths already
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