Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God 

I first meet Alan Tai at my local RTB (Reasons to Believe) monthly group in Phoenix, Arizona, on our Zoom meeting a month ago.

Reasons to Believe is a progressive creationist group that promotes day-age forms of old-Earth creationism.

Alan Tai received his Ph.D. in physics, specializing in quantum well research, from Boston College, and a graduate certificate of completion in biblical foundations from Grand Canyon University.

Alan has worked at various medical ultrasound technology companies, including Philips as an engineer and GE, and recently joined our local RTB science group. 

He has been a welcome addition to our local organization, which is an offshoot of the larger Reasons to Believe group, headed by Hugh Ross, an astrophysicist, creationist and Christian Apologist in Covina, California.

Alan and I connected after or meeting about upgrading his website (I am a website designer and graphic artist by trade). I soon found out he recently wrote a book about God coming from a scientist’s point of view.

I write blogs for many different businesses and groups, so I decided to do a book report on it for my Christian Apologetic website that I share with a couple of other authors.

Sorry, I could not help myself but to harken back to my school days and call it a book report, but it is really a book review that I, and our local group, find very interesting.

We like to dig deep into finding God, what makes him tick, and how He has designed this universe the way He did.

He is an Intelligent Designer to the very highest degree and is behind everything with meticulous planning from the very smallest to the largest with precise detail.

I think it’s a form of worship to research God this way.

I found out Alan was born and raised in Hong Kong where he experienced and learned many different cultures and beliefs as he was growing up.

Alan says he is a “scientist and not a politician” and tries to stay away from political topics, which I find refreshing considering our political climate today.

The book itself is not very big and to tackle the subjects that he did, he had to be somewhat brief while at the same time writing it into layman’s terms so someone like me, not in the field of science could understand.

 

A Physicist’s Perspective on God

The book’s subtitle is “Roadmaps to Wisdom Through Science and Life” is very interesting, to say the least.

He broke down different sections of the book to easily find topics for reference. The table of contents attracted me to where I wanted to go first. I did go back and read the rest of the book, by the way.

I did comments on some of the chapters but left some open because the titles were somewhat explanatory and you need to read for yourself. 

 

Part One: ‘Introduction’  

1.) ‘My background to Realize the Wisdom in Science’

This is Alan’s way of explaining who he is and why he should be listened to as a scientist.

2.) ‘My Path to the purpose the Wisdom in Science and Life’

3.) Communication through the Scientist and their Lives’

I enjoyed these three chapters because I felt I had a chance to meet Alan and a unique view on how scientists grow up and what he has gone through in his life.

 

Part Two: ‘The Wisdom Communicating Through Invisible Qualities’

4.) ’Unseen Things’

5.) ’Law of Physics’

 Interesting take on how a scientist can look at the same data and come away with different points of view of the results especially on how it relates to God. This is also how most humans think and absorb information.

6.) ’Universal Order’

I like how he used diagrams to explain things. I am a visual learner, so this helps someone like me.

 

Part Three: ‘The Wisdom Communicated Through Eternal Power’

7.) In the Beginning. 

Interesting Alan started this out as the Bible.

a.) There was a beginning in time in the universe.

b.) God existed as He was before the beginning of time.

c.) God has the power to create material things.

d.) Before the beginning of time, there were no material things (nothing) apart from God.

e.) The earth existed at the first in chaos.

f.) The Spirit of God was preparing to bring order.

g.) When God said there should be light in a certain time and space, light shone.

8.) ’The Vastness of the Universe’

Alan explained it this way “Reducing the scale of our entire solar system to the size of a quarter gives us perspective about the size of the Milky Way with respect to our solar system. On this scale, the overall size of our Milky Way galaxy would be close to the size of the United States!” 

How does one wrap his head around that?? 

He also gave more models to give understanding, but I had to stop and contemplate what he was saying in each instance. 

 

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

A size meme I designed to give the illustration of the quarter (our solar system) and the United States (Milky Way).

9.) ‘The Uniqueness of the Earth and Humans’

Alan goes into great detail on how our planet earth is unique in the cosmos and how we, as humans, are even more so.  

 

Part Four: ‘The Wisdom Communicated Through Divine Nature’

10.) ‘Love and Light’

He explains this way at the beginning of the chapter, ‘The general revelation of nature shows us the power of the creator.’

11.) ‘Spirit and Wisdom’

God is not limited by physical space and time.

 

Part 5: The Wisdom Communicated Through Special Revelation’

12.) ‘The Bible’

Alan said the turning point for him in appreciating the Bible came after he encountered Jesus through the four gospels in the New Testament and opening his spiritual eyes.

13.) ‘Jesus Christ’.

God’s salvation plan centers around His son, Jesus Christ.

 

Part 6: ‘Conclusion’

14.) ‘The Combined Roadmap’

15.) Triune God and You’

 

I found Alan’s book informative especially for individuals that did not have much of a science background. He explained things very well in layman’s language so anyone can understand. 

It’s not a large book, but I do not think he meant it to be. It was enough to whet your appetite to find out more about each subject.

If you were an atheist, the book would give you things to think about and if you were a believer in evolution, it would also give you a different point a view from a scientist that believes in God.


 

You can find Alan’s book here on Amazon

His website is here Science and Life

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Climate Change: Is God A Fool?

Climate Change: Is God A Fool?

Climate Change: Is God A Fool?

With talk about Climate Change raging all around us and hysteria everywhere you look, several things have come to my mind as a believer in an all-knowing entity that created us and this universe. Yes, I am a Christian.

The three main attributes or characteristics of God.

Theologians say is that He is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. Without these characteristics God is not God at all is He? Are not all three of these essential to be the Intelligent Designer of this universe.

What These Terms Mean

 

Omnipotence means all-powerful. Monotheistic theologians regard God as having supreme power. This means God can do what he wants. It means he is not subject to physical limitations like man is. Being omnipotent, God has power over wind, water, gravity, physics, etc. God’s power is infinite, or limitless.

Omniscience means all-knowing. God is all all-knowing in the sense that he is aware of the past, present, and future. Nothing takes him by surprise. His knowledge is total. He knows all that there is to know and all that can be known.

Omnipresence means all-present. This term means that God is capable of being everywhere at the same time. It means his divine presence encompasses the whole universe. There is no location where He does not inhabit. This should not be confused with pantheism, which suggests that God is synonymous with the universe itself; instead, Omnipresence indicates that God is distinct from the universe, but inhabits the entirety of it. He is everywhere at once.

Of these three it is Omniscience that I want to concentrate on when it comes to Climate Change. As a Christian, I believe God created this universe with only human beings in mind. All the rest is for us to use and consume. Not just on this planet and solar system but all of what is going on in the far reaches of this enormous universe impacts us directly also.

Climate Change: Is God A Fool?

Climate Change: Is God A Fool?

 

When God pulled the trigger at one point in time through the ‘Big Bang’ or ‘Cosmological Singularity’, He put into motion all the ingredients that human life on this blue planet would need to thrive.

It does not matter if you are a young earther who believes the universe is only 7,000 to 10,000 years old or if you are an old earther that believes the universe is 13.8 billion years old, the dynamics are still the same.

Does God have Omniscience and that He is an all-knowing Intelligent Designer?

Would He have had complete understanding of what we would need from the beginning of creation until the end?

Do you think this all loving God would have put all these different minerals on this planet for humans to have access to knowing that we would kill ourselves off by using them?

What kind of God is that?

When it comes to fossil fuel of coal, oil and gas that he would have the earth go through a period that all these giant plants and animals like dinosaurs would live and die so we would have these ingredients to use later in man’s development and then kill ourselves off by using too much and causing a greenhouse effect?

Maybe God did not know about the production of carbon when burning fossil fuel? Maybe it took him by surprise? How about the burning of wood that humans have done since the begging of time to warm ourselves and cook our food? Look at all the carbon that released?

I suppose you could say the same thing about the nuclear age and creating nuclear bombs. I remember the fear that swept this country during the Cuban missile crisis. Teachers made us dive under school desks when the alarm went off.

 By all rights from many stories I have read that mankind should have killed himself off by now in a nuclear holocaust or war. Did the nuclear age take him by surprise? Does He not have control of that also? 

The hysteria around climate change has become so acute by many people that I question if they believe in God at all. The fear has become so overwhelming that it is driving many individuals to almost lose their reasoning.

Has Climate Change become their God?

Human beings have such a need to be in complete control over everything and when they do not, fear erupts like a volcano.

We see that in our daily lives when we lose a job, how are we going to pay our bills, someone close to us gets very sick or we have a car wreck. How are we going to deal with it?

Does God only deal with individuals but on a large scale like the survival of the planet and all life on it, is beyond His control?

Climate Change: Is God A Fool?

What does it say about fear in scripture?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

Does that say do not be anxious about anything except climate change or nuclear bombs?

“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

Our culture has eliminated God out of everything so it no wonder they are terrified of the future and what it will bring.

They call Christians anti science but is that true or are they just pushing their godless agenda with their small-minded opinions. They like to accuse Christians of being out of touch and fools. Fools to believe in a Creator of the universe and not godless evolution.

Who and what is really behind fear and anxiety?

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [a]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12

So, what does this tell us about this present age we live in?

That the culture that we live in does not have a clue about what is really going on this planet. Does it seem like we really have a handle on any of this? Ask yourself if it all seems like its grinding to halt. You can feel it. God’s Word confirms it.

God gave us all an owner’s manual in the Bible and also what is coming in the end times.

“Fear not!” is the most repeated command in the Bible. In fact, it’s been said that there are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible — one “Fear not” for every day of the year! … God doesn’t want us to go a single day without hearing his word of comfort: “Fear not!”

Do not get all caught up in the hysteria and fear of climate change. Do not let mere humans with their narrow incite and opinions shout over God’s voice of reason.

He created you and I and has a hope and future for each one of us. He also created this time and space called a universe and is not surprised by anything. He knew it would come down to this in the end.

Do not let fear rule you!

Jesus walked on this planet, died and rose again so we could have a future.

That you can take to the bank!

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Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity

Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity

Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity

“If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” — Charles Darwin, Origin of Species

 

Irreducible complexity is an argument, by some scientists who believe in intelligent design (creation/God designed), that certain life systems are too complex to have evolved from simpler organisms, through natural selection or evolution.

Bacterial Flagellum

Modern biology has discovered that cells are like tiny factories that function using machines. So, irreducible complexity means that inside all living things are very small machines that perform complicated and extremely detailed tasks. Bacterial Flagellum are tiny machines that are living and breathing.

Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity

The bacterial flagellum is a cellular outboard motor that bears the marks of intelligent design.

Long before today’s modern technology, students of biology compared the workings of life to machines and recently, this comparison has become stronger than ever.

Why is all of this important?

Because origins (beginnings) do matter! How we look at how the world and how it functions matters just as much. The universe is very complex, in not only size but how it functions. The universe of the small cell is also very complex – complex beyond all understanding, even for our scientists today.

Darwin’s Black Box

In his 1996 book, “Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution”, biochemist Michael Behe explained the surprising discovery that life is based upon machines!

Life is based on machines – machines made of molecules! Molecular machines haul cargo from one place in the cell to another along highways made of other molecules, while still others act as cables, ropes, and pulleys to hold the cell in shape. Machines turn cellular switches on and off, sometimes killing the cell or causing it to grow.

Solar-powered machines capture the energy of photons and store it in chemicals. Electrical machines allow current to flow through nerves. Manufacturing machines build other molecular machines, as well as themselves. Cells swim using machines, copy themselves with machinery, and ingest food with machinery. In short, highly sophisticated molecular machines control every cellular process. Thus, the details of life are finely calibrated and the machinery of life enormously complex,”

Amazing! All of this is going on inside of my body? In the body of every living thing? Wow!

Behe then posed the question,

“Can all of life be fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution?” and answered, “The complexity of life’s foundation has paralyzed science’s attempt to account for it; molecular machines raise an as-yet impenetrable barrier to Darwinism’s universal reach.”

Again, I ask, why is all of this important?

Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” We, as humans, do not need a telescope to see the glory of God. All we have to do is look at the nighttime sky and gaze out at the stars and marvel. A telescope does help to see how absolutely huge and complex it is.

In the same way, the inner workings of life on a very small scale, with the use of microscopes, has also unlocked this vision of complexity. You could say, “The living creatures declare the glory of God; the molecular machines proclaim the work of his hands.”

Fine-tuned for Life…

…is another term that is used by believers of intelligent design, including many scientists today. It means that a fine-tuned universe, to have life, has to have conditions that can only occur when found or lie within a very narrow range, so that if any of these conditions were only slightly different, the universe would be unlikely to have life.

This fine-tuning is found not only on the very largest element, like the universe itself, but also found in the very smallest cellular level of all life. When they talk about a very narrow range that life can be sustained or even form, it is very narrow indeed. One example would be planet earth, where we call home.

As you begin to take in all the different parts of the complex puzzle that make up life you have to ask yourself a question. Can an unguided theory like evolution and natural selection account for life on any level?

To this day scientist have no idea how life got its initial start.

They CAN NOT reproduce any kind of life in a laboratory from non-life. They have not figured out the mechanism for triggering life from non-life. Whole life forms turning into completely different life forms as in Macro-evolution is also not been proven.

They can test small adaptations as in Micro-evolution and watch small changes occur within animal and plant life. That is one species adapting to its environment but not one species turning into a new species.

Many scientist across the world are coming to this same conclusion about Darwinian Evolution and are now making their voices heard. Dissent from Darwinism are over 1,000 scientist with objections. 

Fine-tuned is also found in the universe on a much more massive scale but that is for a future article on The Big Bang and Intelligent Design.

Today I was just staying in our own backyard.

Video on Amazing Flagellum : Michael Behe and the revolution of Intelligent Design

 

Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity

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