Stephen M. Barr is professor of physics and director of the Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware.
Barr (physics, Univ. of Delaware) provides a well-written and logically argued presentation on the relationship between religion and science, particularly modern physics. Barr's background in theology, apparent in his discussions of Thomas Aquinas, serves him well as he shows that the argument is not between religion and science per se but between religion and scientific materialism, the philosophy that sees as real only what can be measured and observed. Writing in a popular style, Barr makes both modern physics and theology understandable to the lay reader. He believes that a person can accept the Big Bang and other discoveries of modern physics and still believe in a creator God, further arguing that recent discoveries in physics would seem to support Judeo-Christian teachings and not materialism. While not everyone will be convinced by Barr's arguments, he offers a cogent discussion of a very popular topic. A much more scholarly work than Frank J. Tipler's The Physics of Immortality, this is a worthy successor to P.C.W. Davies's God and the New Physics and John D. Barrow and Tipler's The Anthropic Cosmological Principle. Highly recommended for all collections.-Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Written from the viewpoint of an accomplished physicist, this book is an invaluable contribution to the growing interest in the relationship between science and religion. The arguments are rigorously logical and the documentation is excellent." -- Robert Scherrer, Ohio State University