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God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion [Hardcover]

By Guy Consolmagno (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787994669  
EAN  9780787994662  

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In God's Mechanics, Brother Guy tells the stories of those who identify with the scientific mindset-so-called "techies"-while practicing religion. A full fledged techie himself, he relates some classic philosophical reflections, his interviews with dozens of fellow techies, and his own personal take on his Catholic beliefs to provide, like a set of "worked out sample problems," the hard data on the challenges and joys of embracing a life of faith as a techie. And he also gives a roadmap of the traps that can befall an unwary techie believer.

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More About Guy Consolmagno

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! BROTHER GUY CONSOLMAGNO, SJ was born in Detroit, Michigan, earned undergraduate and masters' degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT (in 1974 and 1975), and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at Harvard University's Department of Astronomy, and MIT's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; served in the US Peace Corps, teaching physics at the University of Nairobi; and was a physics professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, before entering the Jesuits as a brother in 1989. At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, his research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies.
FATHER PAUL R. MUELLER, SJ is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended a Jesuit high school and earned a degree in physics at Boston University before entering the Society of Jesus in 1982. As part of his Jesuit training, he earned masters degrees in both philosophy and theology, along the way developing an interest in religion-science issues. After being ordained a priest in 1993, he attended the University of Chicago, where he completed a third masters degree (in physics) and a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science through the interdisciplinary program in Conceptual Historical Studies of Science.

Guy Consolmagno currently resides in Tucson, in the state of Arizona. Guy Consolmagno was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Vatican Observatory, Vatican City.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Thought-provoking  Mar 7, 2008
I found this book to be very thought-provoking. The author explores many different ways to look at the connection between science and religion.
I think it would have been just as effective, if not more so, if he had not used three pages (206-208) opinionating as to why other Christian religions are not as good as Catholicism.
The rest of the book seems unbiased and attempts to answer many questions shared by scientists and engineers.
A unique view  Jan 21, 2008
I read Brother Guy's book "Brother Astronomer" a few years back and really enjoyed it, with his new book Brother Guy has really out done himself. This is a really great read (I am an Electrical Engineer) that does a wonderful job of looking at what makes scientists and engineers different and how they approach a faith life. The informal research done by Brother Guy seems very much on target with my co-workers. Being a convert to the Catholic faith later in life I can appreciate much of what Brother Guy covers and thought the last few chapters explaining why he is a believer in Jesus and in particular why he is Catholic were some of the most inspirational I have read.
Fresh view on how techies approach God and religion  Jan 21, 2008
A very interesting book on religion from the point of view of techies. The author is a Jesuit brother and also an astronomer, with advanced degrees from MIT and Arizona. The book exposes how techies think about God(s) and religion(s), the supposed "gap" between science and religion, and how different parts of religion (such as an organized religion, rules, etc...) make sense when analyzed analytically and pragmatically. The author did some research interviewing scientists on their views, and extracts some interesting ideas on how techies approach religion. The second part of the book is about the author own experiences, and how he makes sense of his faith and the life he has chosen.
I greatly appreciate that when he has no rational answer to some question, he says so, and makes himself clear when he says some of his views are biased. It is a book that could spur many interesting talks with friends, religious or not. It is easy to read and entertaining, and even the author makes some fine geeky jokes here and there. (It would have been interesting if the book included some bibliography or "further reading" section at the end of the book.) Recommended.
A Different Take  Dec 19, 2007
Brother Guy is a Vatican astronomer who specializes in the study of meteorites and dwarf planets. He's also a regular at various science fiction conventions, and the thing I liked most about his book, aside from his techie sense of humor, is he gives a very interesting answer (or set of answers) to the question, how do scientists, who are trained to be skeptics, make sense of religion.

Here's a brief sample from his book:

"So if doing science is ultimately a religious act, why does the story of a split between science and religion exist in out culture today? Because too many religious people have been scared away from science by the very stories of this split. Because most scientists keep their religion private, as is their right. Because the religious people most likely to be heard in the news are those whose strong bent in engineering hides their very limited education in science: the creationists. Because the scientists who do speak publicly about these topics have been precisely those whose very limited education in religion (people like Richard Dawkins or Stephen Jay Gould) have made them "science fundamentalists"," every bit as narrow as the religious fundamentalists and probably not the best representatives of their fields--just the best known." (p. 169)

Highly recommended.
A unique resource  Dec 19, 2007
People of all religions (or none) should find this book interesting as a source of information not available elsewhere. I expect it to be attacked by the anti-religion crowd, and that will only underscore its value.

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