Excerpts

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alister E. McGrath

Preface

Part 1  Getting There

     1.    The Importance of Questions

     2.    The Irrational World of Modern Physics

     3.    Science Surprises

     4.    Wonderful Life

     5.    There Is Grandeur—Darwin’s Evolution

     6.    People

     7.    Origins

     8.    The Limits of Science

     9.    The Call of Faith

Part 2 Issues and Questions

   10.    But What About . . . ?

   11.    Love and Freedom, Chance and Will

   12.    Evolution and Christianity

   13.    Science and Faith Together

   14.    Alleluia

Acknowledgments

Appendix A: Discussion Questions

Appendix B: Further Reading

Appendix C: The Details of Life

Appendix D: Discovering Darwin’s Letter

Notes

About the Author

From the Foreword:

The Works of His Hands thus leads us through two territories. The first is the world of the natural sciences; the second is the world of religion. Many unthinkingly assume these are incompatible or in a permanent state of warfare. Garte’s story will cause many to rethink this long-outdated media trope, and to reflect on how science and faith might get along better. Garte hints at the great Renaissance metaphor of the “Two Books of God” as he explains the harmony he finds between the two books of God’s revelation to humanity, the “Book of Words” and the “Book of Works.” This timely and well-crafted book deserves to find a wide readership, especially among natural scientists who are weary of the sterility and superficiality of the “New Atheism.”

Alister McGrath

Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion

Oxford University

From the Preface:

My own salvation came through the understanding that the natural world—and its description by science—is a strong witness to God’s existence and majesty. I did not reject the grandeur of this world as either too secular or too illusory to be important—I embraced it and devoted my life to scientific research. And that path eventually led me from atheism to faith (with a good deal of help from the Holy Spirit along the way).

From Chapter 1 The Importance of Questions

I want to show you some of the key questions that arose in my mind while pursuing my studies, and then later during my career in science. None of them are especially original, and many scientists shrug them off when asked. I did the same thing for a long time. But at one time or another, they all came back to haunt me, and the search for their answers led me along one very particular path. Each is addressed in chapters 2 through 9.

Is our world a purely logical and rational place that is fully understandable by the application of reason?

Why does every answer we get from research into any branch of science always lead to more questions?

Why is complexity the rule in nature?

Why is biological life so complex?

Is evolution by natural selection the best theory to explain how life became so diverse and complex?

Are human beings special, and if so, how did we get that way?

How did the universe, life, and human beings arise?

How do we go beyond the limits of the scientific approach to understanding and knowledge?

Aren’t science and religious faith opposites and enemies?