Written by Rodney Holder
Reviewed by John Cowan
On the first page of the book, some well-credentialed critic refers to this as “a highly accessible book for the general reader.” That is to laugh.
The last time I had this experience was decades ago when somebody decided to throw the Miller Analogies standardized test at a bunch of theology students. I loved standardized tests. Ate them up. My score in this one was the fiftieth percentile. Nor, after about the fifth question was I surprised. I had no idea what they were talking about. I rarely understood the question. This time also.
My problem was science. A subject I did not really understand. In my last two years of college, Dr. Giesen walked over from St. Thomas to teach us seminarians science. A week before finals he would invariably show up with a set of questions he had used on premed students at the college the week before as helpful guide to what he might ask us. And then on the fatal day of the big exam he would show up with the same questions. Why? He thought us hopeless.
This book makes a case for the existence of God from the hair-splittingly design of everything to allow for the existence of us, conscious beings. The basic argument is that the only random, that is “Godless,” way to get to a human-friendly universe is to have multiple universes that do not work in order, by dumb luck, to get one that does. Not likely.
Now this argument seems simple, but need not be. The author who has for his jousting companions such as Einstein and Hawking takes the long way on this through some exceedingly, to me recondite arguments involving formulas consisting mostly of letters or near letters. Half, at least, of the book, leaves me just blinking. But apparently when all is said and done Dr. Holder has proven his point. There is one God, the maker of heaven and earth. As a theist, I appreciate this.
So why tell you?
First, I am happy to know there is a book out there that wins that argument for my side. Of course, I suppose, there are books out there that win it for the non-theist side, but I will not dwell on that. Nor subject myself to the humiliation of not understanding formulas. (Did you know that after a bit Einstein added a symbol that looks a little like a Delta with the bottom chopped off. And he really regretted that addition but no one would let him remove it, because it was useful for their purposes. The sound you hear is me running screaming down the hall.)
Second, I know two people who might understand this. Both are very smart cookies with advanced degrees in science. So maybe you are one of their lot? You would love this book.
If you will look Big Bang Big God up on the Amazon page it is being sold on you will find a reviewer who understands this who will give you an extensive précis of it. As I read his review I thought this could be helpful to someone else. Maybe you. Not me.
It might be a great book even. The reviewers all of whom seem to understand it give it very high marks.