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The Physics of Christianity
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FRANK J. TIPLER is a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane University and the author of The Physics of Immortality. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The relationship between science and religion has long been a tenuous one. Some have worked to put these disciplines in dialogue with each other, while others have dismissed any possibility of a collegial relationship. To his credit, Tipler, professor of mathematical physics at Tulane University, attempts the former. He proposes that Christianity can be studied as a science, and its claims, if true, can be empirically proven. I believe that we have to accept the implications of physical law, whatever these implications are. If they imply the existence of God, well then, God exists. After a cogent description of modern physics, Tipler embarks on a crusade to prove that God exists, that miracles are physically possible and the virgin birth and the bodily resurrection of Jesus do not defy scientific laws. The author's arguments are somewhat intriguing-his knowledge of science seems exhaustive and this may attract other scientists to consider the importance of religion. Many of his theological insights, however, are problematic. Dubbing Christianity a science does not automatically make it so, and Tipler seems to dismiss the centuries-old importance of the apophatic tradition in Christianity, that is, approaching the mystical nature of the Divine by positing what cannot be said about God. Tipler's interest in integrating science and religion is noble, but his method is uneven. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Frank Tipler's The Physics of Immortality: -A thrilling ride to the far edges of modern physics.- --New York Times Book Review-A dazzling exercise in scientific speculation, as rigorously argued as it is boldly conceived.- --Wall Street Journal -Tipler has written a masterpiece conferring much-craved scientific respectability on what we have always wanted to believe in.- --Science -More readable than Roger Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind or Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach . . . an imaginative eschatological entertainment appropriate to the approaching end of the millennium.- --New Orleans Times-Picayune-Undeniably fascinating...- --Seattle Times -Tipler's brash announcements are challenging--and entertaining. Although written from the viewpoint of a Ph.D., anyone should be able to get a kick out of the professor's big-bang ideas.- --Publishers Weekly -A book that proves the existence of the Almighty and inevitably of resurrection, without recourse to spiritual mumbo jumbo . . . Tipler does it all.- --Mirabella Praise for Frank Tipler s "The Physics of Immortality: " A thrilling ride to the far edges of modern physics. --"New York Times Book Review" A dazzling exercise in scientific speculation, as rigorously argued as it is boldly conceived. --"Wall Street Journal" Tipler has written a masterpiece conferring much-craved scientific respectability on what we have always wanted to believe in. --"Science" More readable than Roger Penrose s "The Emperor s New Mind "or Douglas Hofstadter s "Godel, Escher, Bach ." . . an imaginative eschatological entertainment appropriate to the approaching end of the millennium. --"New Orleans Times-Picayune" Undeniably fascinating --"Seattle Times" Tipler s brash announcements are challenging and entertaining. Although written from the viewpoint of a Ph.D., anyone should be able to get a kick out of the professor s big-bang ideas. --"Publishers Weekly" A book that proves the existence of the Almighty and inevitably of resurrection, without recourse to spiritual mumbo jumbo . . . Tipler does it all. --"Mirabella"" Praise for Frank Tipler's "The Physics of Immortality: ""A thrilling ride to the far edges of modern physics." --"New York Times Book Review""A dazzling exercise in scientific speculation, as rigorously argued as it is boldly conceived." --"Wall Street Journal" "Tipler has written a masterpiece conferring much-craved scientific respectability on what we have always wanted to believe in." --"Science" "More readable than Roger Penrose's "The Emperor's New Mind "or Douglas Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach ." . . an imaginative eschatological entertainment appropriate to the approaching end of the millennium." --"New Orleans Times-Picayune""Undeniably fascinating..." --"Seattle Times" "Tipler's brash announcements are challenging--and entertaining. Although written from the viewpoint of a Ph.D., anyone should be able to get a kick out of the professor's big-bang ideas." --"Publishers Weekly" "A book that proves the existence of the Almighty and inevitably of resurrection, without recourse to spiritual mumbo jumbo . . . Tipler does it all." --"Mirabella"

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