The Privileged Planet

How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez,Jay Wesley Richards

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1596987073

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 6399

Earth. The Final Frontier Contrary to popular belief, Earth is not an insignificant blip on the universe’s radar. Our world proves anything but average in Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards’ The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery. But what exactly does Earth bring to the table? How does it prove its worth among numerous planets and constellations in the vastness of the Milky Way? In The Privileged Planet, you’ll learn about the world’s: life-sustaining capabilities water and its miraculous makeup protection by the planetary giants And how our planet came into existence in the first place.

The Privileged Planet

How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez,Jay Wesley Richards

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 0895260654

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 9811

Arguing that life may be rarer than some astronomers and philosophers have said, the author details the delicate balance of factors that make life possible on this planet and reveals the rarity of these conditions in the universe.

Rare Earth

Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

Author: Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0387218483

Category: Science

Page: 338

View: 4148

What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book. In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe. Everyone who has been thrilled by the recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and the indications of life on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa will be fascinated by Rare Earth, and its implications for those who look to the heavens for companionship.

Why the Universe Is the Way It Is

Author: Hugh Ross

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441201881

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 6670

Increasingly astronomers recognize that if the cosmos had not unfolded exactly as it did, humanity would not, could not, exist. Yet these researchers--along with countless ordinary folks--resist belief in the biblical Creator. Why? They say a loving God would have made a better home for us, one without trouble and tragedy. In Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Hugh Ross draws from his depth of study in both science and Scripture to explain how the universe's design fulfills several distinct purposes. He also reveals God's surpassing love and ultimate purposes for each individual. Why the Universe Is the Way It Is will interest anyone who wonders where and how the universe came to be, what or who is responsible for it, why we are here, or how and when the universe ends. Far from leaving the reader at this philosophical jumping-off point, Ross builds toward answering the big question of human destiny and the specific question of each reader's personal destiny.

Nature's Destiny

How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe

Author: Michael Denton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743237625

Category: Science

Page: 480

View: 6996

Argues that the universe was configured to give rise to an intelligent species of life forms, namely human beings.

Lucky Planet

Why Earth is Exceptional—and What That Means for Life in the Universe

Author: David Waltham

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465080820

Category: Science

Page: 208

View: 9820

Why Earth’s life-friendly climate makes it exceptional—and what that means for the likelihood of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life We have long fantasized about finding life on planets other than our own. Yet even as we become aware of the vast expanses beyond our solar system, it remains clear that Earth is exceptional. The question is: why? In Lucky Planet, astrobiologist David Waltham argues that Earth’s climate stability is what makes it uniquely able to support life, and it is nothing short of luck that made such conditions possible. The four billion year-stretch of good weather that our planet has experienced is statistically so unlikely that chances are slim that we will ever encounter intelligent extraterrestrial others. Citing the factors that typically control a planet’s average temperature—including the size of its moon, as well as the rate of the Universe’s expansion—Waltham challenges the prevailing scientific consensus that Earth-like planets have natural stabilizing mechanisms that allow life to flourish. A lively exploration of the stars above and the ground beneath our feet, Lucky Planet seamlessly weaves the story of Earth and the worlds orbiting other stars to give us a new perspective of the surprising role chance plays in our place in the universe.

Science & Christianity

Four Views

Author: Richard F. Carlson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830822621

Category: Religion

Page: 276

View: 5606

Six contributors here debate the relative merits of four distinct conceptions of the relationship between Christianity and science today. Views range from a strict creationist posture to full-fledged partnership. Edited by Richard F. Carlson.

Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez,Jay Wesley Richards

Publisher: P & R Publishing

ISBN: 9781596386839

Category: Religion

Page: 32

View: 1454

What are creationism, evolution, and intelligent design really about? Has materialism displaced God as the best explanation for our existence? Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzales serve up a guide for the perplexed.

Alone in the Universe

Why Our Planet Is Unique

Author: John Gribbin

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9781683366898

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 5360

The acclaimed author of In Search of Schr�dinger's Cat searches for life on other planets Are we alone in the universe? Surely amidst the immensity of the cosmos there must be other intelligent life out there. Don't be so sure, says John Gribbin, one of today's best popular science writers. In this fascinating and intriguing new book, Gribbin argues that the very existence of intelligent life anywhere in the cosmos is, from an astrophysicist's point of view, a miracle. So why is there life on Earth and (seemingly) nowhere else? What happened to make this planet special? Taking us back some 600 million years, Gribbin lets you experience the series of unique cosmic events that were responsible for our unique form of life within the Milky Way Galaxy. Written by one of our foremost popular science writers, author of the bestselling In Search of Schr�dinger's Cat Offers a bold answer to the eternal question, ""Are we alone in the universe?"" Explores how the impact of a ""supercomet"" with Venus 600 million years ago created our moon, and along with it, the perfect conditions for life on Earth From one of our most talented science writers, this book is a daring, fascinating exploration into the dawning of the universe, cosmic collisions and their consequences, and the uniqueness of life on Earth.

Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth

Author: Robert Chapman Newman,Herman J. Eckelmann, Jr.

Publisher: Interdisciplinary Biblical research

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bible and science

Page: 158

View: 8204

One Cosmos under God: The Unification of Matter, Life, Mind and Spirit

Author: Robert Godwin

Publisher: Paragon House

ISBN: 9781557788368

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 7848

One Cosmos under God is an extraordinary book that takes the reader on an intellectual and spiritual journey through the whole of creation. It dares to venture where language cannot go, into the "mind of God" prior to the creation, through to the "mind of the saint" who transcends the culturally conditioned ego, escapes history, and merges with the divine mind. This book is intended to be both serious and entertaining, like an intellectual amusement park ride through the whole of creation. It operates under the premise that if God exists, He has a very sophisticated sense of humor, and the book makes many important points in an ironic or punning way, including in the opening "creation story" and the closing "Cosmobliteration" of language into mystical oneness.

The Genesis of Science

How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution

Author: James Hannam

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1596982055

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 3914

The Not-So-Dark Dark Ages What they forgot to teach you in school: People in the Middle Ages did not think the world was flat The Inquisition never executed anyone because of their scientific ideologies It was medieval scientific discoveries, including various methods, that made possible Western civilization’s “Scientific Revolution” As a physicist and historian of science James Hannam debunks myths of the Middle Ages in his brilliant book The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution. Without the medieval scholars, there would be no modern science. Discover the Dark Ages and their inventions, research methods, and what conclusions they actually made about the shape of the world.

Observational Astronomy

Author: D. Scott Birney,Guillermo Gonzalez,David Oesper

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521853702

Category: Nature

Page: 312

View: 8241

New and updated edition of advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate textbook on observational astronomy.

Indivisible

Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late

Author: James Robison,Jay W. Richards

Publisher: FaithWords

ISBN: 1455504874

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 5258

Many books have been written on conservative politics. Many more have been written calling Christians to holiness and spiritual revival. Few, however, have managed to combine a clear explanation of the conservative political perspective with its corresponding personal and spiritual virtue. In INDIVISIBLE, James Robison, the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, partners with Jay Richards, Ph.D., a writer who has appeared in both the New York Times and The Washington Post. Together, they tackle tough, controversial political issues facing conservative Christians today, including abortion, stem cell research, education, economics, health care, the environment, judicial activism, marriage, and others. Written to appeal to a broad spectrum of believers, INDIVISIBLE not only argues political questions from a Scriptural standpoint, it also provides simple arguments that Christians can use to support their beliefs in public settings. Most significantly, Robison and Richards recognize that the point of origin for spiritual and moral transformation is the individual. "We are convinced by historical precedent that long term cultural change requires not merely sound thinking and public good works but rather, God's spiritual and moral transformation of us as individuals, which will then transform our churches, our communities, our culture, and ultimately our politics." James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a worldwide Christian relief organization. He is also the host of LIFE Today, a daily syndicated television program that reaches 300 million homes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. He is the author of many books, including The Absolutes, True Prosperity, and Living in Love, and has spoken to millions of people through evangelistic crusades since entering public ministry in 1962. Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and the author of many books, including the award-winning Money, Greed, and God and The Privileged Planet. He is the executive director of the documentaries The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on Larry King Live. He has also lectured on economic myths to members of the U.S. Congress.

Our Place in the Cosmos

The Unfinished Revolution

Author: Sir Fred Hoyle,Chandra Wickramasinghe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781857994339

Category: Cosmology

Page: 190

View: 5704

The assumption that life originated on Earth like some virus like form, And simply evolved by natural selection into the diversity of forms known to have existed, is as unenlightened and Earth centred as ancient astrology. It is exactly this stringent focus on the Earth as centre of the Universe that is endangering the entire planet. From this controversial standpoint, the famous and respected partnership of Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe examines how it is overwhelmingly, likely that life originated outside the solar system. Using virological and epidemiological evidence to support their theory, The authors also assert that life forms from space are constantly arriving to mingle with our own biospher

The Allies of Humanity Book Three

Author: Marshall Vian Summers

Publisher: New Knowledge Library

ISBN: 1884238386

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 7814

The Allies of Humanity Book Three: A Message to Earth presents the third set of “Briefings” from a mysterious off-planet source whose stated purpose is to orient the human family to the realities of life in our local universe and to alert us to a dangerous Intervention now occurring here on Earth. The Allies of Humanity Briefings are a genuine communication from a group claiming to represent the “free races” in our local region of space. The Allies distinguish themselves from those races who are intervening in the world today. They warn us against the presence of this Intervention, insisting that no foreign race should be visiting our world, either now or in the future, until humanity has gained the strength, unity and maturity necessary to engage successfully with a Greater Community of intelligent life in the universe. Whether humanity can ever attain this is uncertain, yet the Allies tell us that intervention in our world has already begun by several non-military races seeking to establish their influence and dominance in our world through deceptive and persuasive means. The Briefings reveal that we are in the unfortunate position of being the race who is being discovered. History has taught us the danger and the tragedy that native peoples faced when they encountered outside forces for the first time. Now we are all the natives of a new world, and the threat of Intervention is upon us. As a result, the Allies are calling for us to build enough human unity amongst the tribes, nations and religions of Earth so that we may protect our freedom in a non-human universe. Marshall Vian Summers received this unique communication from the Allies of Humanity in a state of revelation beginning in November 1997. In the years since, the Allies of Humanity have delivered three sets of Briefings. The Allies of Humanity Book Three represents their most recent communication to Earth. With the Allies Briefings, for the first time, we are being given a window into the reality of life beyond our world, a view that we would never have otherwise. This creates a greater context for understanding why the Intervention is occurring, who is generating it and what humanity will need to know to preserve and build human freedom and sovereignty so that we can fulfill our destiny as a free race in the universe.

The Great Christ Comet

Revealing the True Star of Bethlehem

Author: Colin R. Nicholl

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433542161

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 1302

“I am simply in awe of this book. An absolutely astonishing triumph.” Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author, Bonhoeffer The Star of Bethlehem is one of the greatest mysteries in astronomy and in the Bible. What was it? How did it prompt the Magi to set out on a long journey to Judea? How did it lead them to Jesus? In this groundbreaking book, Colin R. Nicholl makes the compelling case that the Star of Bethlehem could only have been a great comet. Taking a fresh look at the biblical text and drawing on the latest astronomical research, this beautifully illustrated volume will introduce readers to the Bethlehem Star in all of its glory.

The Design Revolution

Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design

Author: William A. Dembski,Charles W. Colson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830832163

Category: Philosophy

Page: 334

View: 3631

Written by a noted expert on and popular advocate of intelligent design, this book explores more than 60 of the toughest questions asked by experts and non-experts.

Counting to God

A Personal Journey Through Science to Belief

Author: Douglas Ell

Publisher: Douglas Ell Books

ISBN: 9780963270184

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2616

What if you could harmonize science and faith? What if science itself pointed to a reality outside of space and time, and a Designer behind all that exists? In Counting To God, Douglas Ell applies the lens of mathematical analysis to recent scientific discoveries, drawing startling conclusions. He explains seven areas where modern science supports the existence of God Scientific breakthroughs over the past half century contradict the popular paradigm that science and traditional religion do not mix. The ensuing, often heated, debates can be hard for outsiders to follow, because of both the volume of data involved and esoteric truth claims on each side. Shining a new light on these debates, and perhaps providing the key to the truth, Ell uses scrupulous analysis and probability calculations to make a convincing case that the most advanced, sophisticated thinking in science not only allows for the idea of a designed universe, but encourages it. As the adage says, numbers don't lie. Although Counting To God is substantially a work of science, Ell writes in plain English - a "science for non-scientists" style - and gives examples in the form of thought exercises to illustrate concepts such as the true scale of very large numbers (critical to understanding what exactly can occur through random events over time). How careful is the science? Counting To God has been endorsed by a number of leading scientists, including the head of the physics department at MIT. A former non-believer, Ell traces his 30-year journey - following the evidence of science - from atheism to belief. Thus, while his book is about the existence of God, Ell's arguments address the world view of unbelievers and agnostics. I highly recommend this thoughtful exploration of the relation between science and spirituality, two seemingly opposed descriptions of our world. Posed as a personal journey, Doug asks "How can we relate the descriptions of the spiritual and physical worlds?" Doug takes on the biggest questions of our time: cosmology, the origin of the universe and the biochemistry of genetics in a relevant and accessible way. Whether you agree with him or not, you will enjoy and learn from this book. -Professor Peter Fisher, Head of the Department of Physics, MIT