New book, April 2020!
Carefully researched and organized, God, Science and the Bible tackles head-on hard questions that relate to some of the most debated aspects of creation and the Christian faith. Along with new insights into the argument of design for the existence of God and the viability of the theory of evolution, the author adds his own compelling experiences of God’s reality. Anyone who wants to know how the Bible’s teaching stands up to questions about the age of the earth, the flood, fossils, carbon dating, ancient trees, etc., will find all the answers here!
By Arnold V Page
Does God exist?
Is the Bible true?
Did Jesus really live, die and return to life?
Can we live for ever, and if so, how?
Does God exist?
Is the Bible true?
Did Jesus really live, die and return to life?
Can we live for ever, and if so, how?
Average Vote: 164.5/5
Food For The Brain and Soul This book’s primary purpose is to address the big questions of the Existence of God as Creator, the scientific evidence of how our planet was created/has evolved, and the purpose, if any, of our existence as human beings. It is extremely well researched, drawing on an ambitious breadth of sources and authorities (both spiritual and secular) and is underpinned by an evangelistic drive for which the author makes no apology; such is the conviction of his work. The broad ranging topics are both relevant and current: including the environment, globalisation of language, Big Bang Theory alternatives as well as the significance of the life of Jesus Christ for us today. There are sections where Page adopts a more didactic, conversational style and others where he draws on evidence in a highly academic and scholarly way, but throughout, the style is one of very clear and precise communication. The book includes rigorous and systematic referencing with diligent acknowledgement of all sources, however slight. It is a challenging read, primarily due to the academic referencing and weighing of a range of potentially contradicting hypotheses. It is aimed at educated adults and scores between 13 and 16 on the Flesch-Kincaid Grade level of reading difficulty, depending on which section you measure. However, for the reader who wants to challenge their own received thinking on these big questions it is just the ticket and is, indeed food for the soul. Some of the arguments are very complex - one section on radioactive carbon dating procedures comes to mind; these can be difficult to follow fully and the reader needs to give ample time to fully digest what is being proposed. The first half includes some engaging biographical content as well as interpretation of sources which creates more of a personal connection with the author. The second half is more scientifically focused which might potentially polarise target audiences. There are some additional annexes at the back for the scientifically-minded reader. Whatever your tastes, make sure you read the final chapter as it draws the content together well and applies it to the here and now. This book would suit educated readers with a firm interest in Science/Biblical narrative. It would also suit older teens and twenties who want to ask more about how we came to be here, beyond the received knowledge of the standard Science National Curriculum. University students taking Science and Religion components as part of degree courses would find this book very useful indeed. Finally, of course, it would suit theologians who want a way in. Overall Impression: Dinosaurs, Earth, Man and God. Whatever your belief or view, this book is asking the questions that matter. If you want to feed your brain (and soul!) read this book. Every one of us should at least consider at some point in their lives, how we came to exist and what our purpose in life might be. This book helps you do that. It enables you to think for yourself rather than just accept what you learnt in school. Buy a copy and put reading it on your bucket list.
Overall, the layout and construction of God, Science and the Bible was good. I could follow it relatively easily, and there were very few errors grammatically or in the formatting. That said, it seemed there was a clear underlying message that everything was created 3967 BC (as calculated) by intelligent design through some magical means called the supernatural. If you accept this as true then you only need to state it upfront and make no further observations. No debate, science or logic can be applied against a supernatural claim which by its very nature doesn’t require explanation or proof. What is evident is that in spite of the supernatural claim, this book tries to apply logic and science to something that is outside of their scope. On this basis alone, I have identified several areas where the science you cover is either not correct or not completely explained, and I will try to give some examples as follows: - P17 Big Bang theory is stated as all things bursting out equally like spokes of a wheel. In fact, the Big Bang theory as it stands now predicts the opposite, in that the material of spacetime expanded in clumps. Big Bang theory also predicts there was a period prior to where the laws of physics came into force. To assume those laws applied right back to singularity is to put the cart before the horse. - P17 In explaining why gases like hydrogen and helium could not form stars, you use Boyle’s law, stating that gases expand to fill the space available. This is a half-truth, in that Boyle’s law explains how the pressure of gas increases as the containing volume is decreased, providing temperature and the amount of gas remains constant. Other factors also impact on Boyle’s law, particularly gravity as can be clearly seen by looking up to the Earth’s atmosphere. We would all be in serious trouble if that gaseous layer wasn’t held in place by gravity. - P18 States the mineral compositions of the Earth and Moon are very different. In fact, they are very similar, which supports the impact theory involving a Mars-sized body called Theia. This model clearly shows how the Moon could have formed and explains its orbit. - P18 The rings of Saturn have never coalesced into a moon simply because there is nowhere near enough material contained in them, and they are not asteroid dust. They are made almost entirely of ice which is falling back to Saturn at a rate of around 1 Olympic swimming pool every 30 minutes so, in effect, they will be gone in the not too distant future. We know this because the rings have been flown through. Putting aside the number of scientific inconsistencies, I would like to address other elements of the book as follows: - The claim that religion hasn’t been the cause of most wars doesn’t seem relevant to me. People dying because of their religious beliefs would provide a better assessment, and millions who perished during the Second World War would probably agree. - P39 When you refer to parts of the Bible that don’t match reality, stating that they might have been speaking poetically, it seems to be a way of having your cake and eating it as well. You can’t point to some parts of the Bible as fact and others as poetry without losing credibility, because interpretation is highly subjective. - P49 A claim is made the extinction of the dinosaurs could be due to the great flood. This can’t be supported scientifically, given the dating processes we can apply, not for bones but the actual layers forming the Earth’s surface. - P59 It’s claimed there could be various reasons God made mature rocks. This is another point where science conflicts, and the easy fall back is to point to the supernatural. - In general, evolution seems to have been brushed over as being an impossibility. Whole rafts of evidence have been ignored, and even simple examples like pantropical dolphin fetuses have been passed over. These amazing creatures form with whiskers, and also develop forelimbs which are reabsorbed; clearly a connection to a four-limbed creature in its past. I have tried to read this book with an open mind but I simply can’t reconcile a lot of its content and, coming from Australia, I have a fair understanding of a race that has a history going back 10,000 years. Nothing will make me believe their existence wasn’t possible before 3967 BC.
Arnold V Page’s compelling non-fiction work, God, Science and the Bible, makes a case for the existence of God and the salvation of mankind through the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The work tackles hard questions head-on that relate to some of the most debated aspects of creation and the Christian faith. On the argument of the non-existence of God, supported by the presence of human suffering, the work notes that much of human pain is caused by humans on other humans and through innovation, the impact of natural disasters can be lessened. It also points to earthly life as a temporary stage with the existence of life after death. The book continues to put forward thought-provoking discussions that are well-researched on other topics such as the universal flood detailed in the biblical book of Genesis, the evidence of Jesus’s resurrection, the Gospel as the good news of God, among other interesting subjects. Statistics are used to expound on the content included in God, Science and the Bible. They offer a clearer picture of the discussions and they add to the information’s credibility. Where technical scientific information is included, straight-forward language that is easy to access is used. Notes also feature at the bottom of the pages in the book which further help in explaining the content. Arnold V Page includes his own personal experiences which heighten the understanding of the work and make it even easier to remember. It also offers a glimpse into his life which creates a connection to the author. The work approaches each topic from different angles and supports each discussion with rational arguments. God, Science and the Bible is carefully researched and organized. It is informative and life-changing.
God, Science and the Bible: Genuine Science Confirms the Bible's Amazing Message by Arnold V. Page takes a scientific approach to explain the Bible and the Word of God with the aim of getting people to open their minds to the possibility of faith by understanding religion and how it relates to the science people see. Page explores the reality of the Word through facts that include the origins of life, delving into notable time periods dating back to the Tertiary period to the Cambian Period, the laws of physics, natural selection, and the Big Bang Theory. God, Science and the Bible has an honest tone as Arnold V. Page uses scientific facts to explain the presence of God and through a faith-based perspective encourages others to open their minds. The book explores the existence of God by delving back into history and science that look at religion in the world. Page examines questioning of the existence of God, then weaves into the evidence for God. This explores three parts that include evidence of design, the resurrection, and personal experiences in the life of believers. Page also weaves personal experience throughout which allows for an honest connection with him and to be open to thinking about life in a different way or to look deeper into your own faith. The book tackles science versus the Bible in a unique way that uses the origins of life and the universe, the role of the flood in various cultures, and the age of the earth, and that delves into fossils, evolution, and mutations throughout history. Page delivers thought-provoking facts and concepts that explore the commonality of the flood in ancient cultures, bristlecone pine rings, and a deep dive into the Bible with a look at the Old Testament and the concept of a literal interpretation of the verses. God, Science, and the Bible is a thought-provoking read about the Bible, faith, and the existence of God through science, history, and personal experience.
This is a challenging and refreshing detailed look at some of the unproven theories (for that is all that they are) which are deeply rooted in the minds of most people today, concerning the Big Bang, the Origins of Life, Evolution and Natural Selection. The author claims, with passion and conviction, that the Bible gives a cogent and totally believable account of historical fact, which demolishes these theories and answers the most important questions of all:- “Does the Christian God exist?”, “Is there a life after this one?” and “How can anyone who genuinely wants to, live this new life?”. Rev G R Hargrove, JP
The clear aim of this latest book from Arnold Page is to present a Christian apologetic that will persuade the reader to look closely into the claim that God exists and to challenge the reader as to what that may mean for them personally. He does this by addressing in a clear and accessible way the evidence from, not just the Bible, but also by re-examining scientific evidence in a light which supports a creationist rather than an evolutionary belief system. Having been a Christian for 55 years and also trained in physics, I have at times been challenged by people on these questions and many of the arguments are not new. However, a new book in this field can always bring a fresh perspective. The book is quite short and yet packed with condensed insight. From a biblical perspective, there are chapters considering the question “Is there a God?”, “Evidence for the Resurrection”, the author’s own personal experience of God in his life, the “Bible as the Word of God” and “The Ultimate Good News” – giving a challenge that calls for a response to what has been written. All of this based on a solid Biblical understanding of the gospel and the message that God gives to the world. From the scientific perspective, he looks closely at “The evidence of design” in the Universe, “The fossil record”, “The Ages of rocks and trees” and discusses the thorny issues around a six day creation and the universal flood. He argues his case very well, although I personally would have liked to have seen him use some stronger arguments in the chapter on evidence for design. I did, however, learn from the book much more information on the fossil record and tree dating methods. His discussion about the origin of the moon, caused me to want to think more about the conservation of angular momentum and I was particularly impressed by his arguments on the origin of life. I’m not sure how much value was added to the book by Annex 1 “Seven Days of Expanding Time” – a somewhat speculative theory which would perhaps allow for the traditional 6 days of creation to expand into billions of years. However, our knowledge of these matters will always be partial, and I have read elsewhere about evidence for the slowing down of the speed of light, which could fit in with such speculation. Mr Page writes in an informative and easy style, constantly challenging the reader with direct questions, prompting them to think deeply about what is being said. Some might consider the style a little confrontational, but I think he gets away with it well. I would highly recommend the book to anyone interested in finding answers to perhaps the biggest question of all: “Who is God and what difference does that make to me?”, but who also finds the evolutionary world-view a barrier to belief in God. Questions are definitely answered. Whether to the readers’ satisfaction – you have to decide! Phil Barnett BSc ARCS