Debates over evolutionary theory versus creationism have given rise to a new field of thought, intelligent design (ID). ID embraces scientific research for its ability to shed light on the intricacies of our universe and then extrapolates from this that only a God could oversee the design of something so complex. Richard Swenson's book, "More Than Meets the Eye: Fascinating Glimpses of God's Power and Design," is written from this perspective.
Swenson offers a sweeping, although cursory, review of scientific research revealing greater levels of understanding of phenomena in our universe. Particular focus is placed on physiology and quantum physics, including subatomic particles, supernovas and ageless protons. Pertinent scripture is interjected among the findings to bolster Swenson's notion that only God could possibly create such wonder.
Understanding Our Universe
Throughout the book Swenson marvels at our deepening understanding of the complexity of our universe. He concludes our awareness of ourselves and God has been fundamentally altered, noting we are indeed "infinite in all directions." According to Swenson, a new vision of God is taking shape. He references scientists who started as atheists, but wound up believers in the face of emerging science.
The scientific data and theory reviewed by Swenson has captured the attention of other spiritual writers. While Swenson approaches the material from a Christian perspective, authors of different faiths and spiritual persuasions have drawn similar conclusions based on their spiritual beliefs. Common to all of these works is the conviction that science increasingly provides evidence that our universe is far too complex to ever have evolved randomly as evolutionary theory maintains.
Criticisms of Intelligent Design
Critics of intelligent design maintain it is a leap of faith, not science, to automatically deduce from ongoing scientific findings that just because current science is unable to explain all complexities of the universe, that a God or other supernatural force necessarily had to be at work. The debate carries on, with ever growing complexities to account for. Swenson's book remains a very popular contribution to the debate.
About the Author
Richard A. Swenson draws on his background as a physician throughout the book. He was in private practice for five years, taught at the University of Wisconsin's Medical School for 15 years and now makes his living as a writer and public speaker. He is the author of six books, notably "Margin" and "A Minute of Margin."
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