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PRESS RELEASE - NOVEMBER 2011
NEW BOOK RELEASE (700 words):
'Reality Check: Science Meets Religion' by Ian Kingsley
After some 30 years of ensuring complex technical subjects were written in an easy-to-understand manner for the military, and writing five accessible hardbacks on subjects ranging from semiconductor physics to logic, Ian Kingsley had a good grounding for his most daunting challenge to date: explaining how faith may grow by consolidating it with science. His latest book, ‘Reality Check: Science Meets Religion’, achieves the difficult task of presenting highly challenging material in a readily accessible form that is both entertaining and informative. Starting with the premise the Bible is correct in what it tells us about God, and science is pretty much correct in its understanding of our world, he weaves a compelling logical argument to bring the two together in the spirit of ‘Occam’s Razor’: which states the simplest explanation for anything is most likely to be correct. Employing science and Bible quotes, he convincingly demonstrates the scientist and theologian are simply looking at the same things from different viewpoints.
For example, apart from one ‘editorial blip’ which he justifies, he points out Genesis 1 included an accurate account of evolution long before Darwin’s theory; hence it could only have been spiritually-inspired. He suggests that Genesis 2, rather than providing a confusing alternative account of creation, actually describes the continuation of a single process wherein God ‘created’ a link for some of the evolutionary men between ‘brain’ and a separate ‘mind’, producing what Genesis calls ‘the sons of God’. Because of their minds, this select few were created in the ‘mental image’ of God. They (wrongly) interbred with the ‘beautiful’ (but mindless) ‘daughters of men’ as described in Genesis 6. Kingsley reminds us both popes Pius XII and John Paul II admitted there was no conflict between evolution and faith. So if evolution is part of God’s process of creation, both religion and science are essentially correct in their respective beliefs.
Kingsley uses various methods to prove consciousness is independent of brain, existing beyond the physical world: wherein also lies the mind of God. He argues a creator must always be external to his creation, and he explains, in very simple terms, how God, the creator of space-time, can view the universe as either a chronological or timeless phenomenon. The fact God can create a physical representation of himself as the humanlike God in the Old Testament, or Jesus in the New Testament, is argued to be no trickier for Him than it is for us to create a body which seems to be ‘us’ within our own dream creations. Kingsley explains many enigmas, including God’s position when disaster strikes and, remarkably, how multi-dimensional science may explain where Heaven is—hinted at by Jesus!
Kingsley’s ‘Restricted Viewpoint Argument’ demolishes 16 classic arguments ‘against’ there being a God, and he assesses 16 classic arguments ‘for’ there being a God. Finally, the logical arguments explain the holistic nature of creation, how we can determine our ‘destiny’, and why we have free-will to either fulfil it or not. He argues that if destiny were pre-ordained there would be no point in God educating us through Jesus. We must find our own purpose in life.
Extensive use of analogy, supporting evidence via over 70 End Notes linked to online sources, and not a little humour, come together in a fascinating work that is a perfect antidote to arguments presented by atheists such as Richard Dawkins. This book removes concerns believers may have about apparent conflicts between science and religion, provides a convincing argument there is a God and life after death, and strengthens faith by removing doubt.
Find out more at: http://www.iankingsley.com/books/reality-check-science-meets-religion/, where you can watch a video trailer, read an extract, and see the impressive list of End Notes links.
Contact the author via http://www.iankingsley.com for an interview or review copy or follow his numerous ‘tweets’ as @authorkingsley. Unusually, Kingsley chose to publish this work firstly as an eBook to remove the print delay. (His website explains how to comfortably read it on your PC.) As he says: ‘There never was a more urgent need in this troubled world for people to truly believe in a benevolent God.’