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Why the Universe Is the Way It Is [Hardcover]

By Hugh Ross (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.74" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Baker Books
ISBN  0801013046  
EAN  9780801013041  

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Drawing from science and Scripture, the author of The Creator and the Cosmos explains how the universe's design fulfills several distinct purposes, and reveals God's surpassing love and ultimate purposes for each individual. 30,000 first printing.

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Increasingly astronomers recognize that if the cosmos had not unfolded exactly as it did, humanity would not, could not, exist. Yet these researchers--along with countless ordinary folks--resist belief in the biblical Creator. Why? They say a loving God would have made a better home for us, one without trouble and tragedy. In Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Hugh Ross draws from his depth of study in both science and Scripture to explain how the universe's design fulfills several distinct purposes. He also reveals God's surpassing love and ultimate purposes for each individual. Why the Universe Is the Way It Is will interest anyone who wonders where and how the universe came to be, what or who is responsible for it, why we are here, or how and when the universe ends. Far from leaving the reader at this philosophical jumping-off point, Ross builds toward answering the big question of human destiny and the specific question of each reader's personal destiny.

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More About Hugh Ross

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hugh Ross (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is founder and president of Reasons To Believe, a ministry team devoted to bridging the gap between science and faith. A well-known author and Christian apologist, Ross has addressed students and faculty on hundreds of campuses, churches, and professional groups in the U.S. and abroad. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Sierra Madre Congregational Church, and as adjunct faculty at A.W. Tozer Seminary in Redding, California. He and his wife, Kathy, and their two sons live in Southern California.

Hugh Ross has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Reasons to Believe

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
sam  Mar 6, 2010
I think this book is very fun to read to anyone who is interested in the universe and how such a vast universe fits in with life on earth. I also found it very helpful to my faith in God. I really recommend this book, its fun and easy to understand.
Great reference for any Christian apologist  Dec 28, 2009
This is the kind of book you read and then put in your library for later reference. It answers many of the fundamental questions that Christians need to answer when talking about their faith as it relates to our universe. Each chapter is broken out by topic like, "Why is the universe so dark?" which makes it easier to later reference the information.

This is a "must-have" for any Christian apologist.
Nonscientific Rarionale for the Author's Belief in God.  Dec 8, 2009
I understand that it must be hard to be an astronomer and a believer in god. Especially since all the religious texts of the major religions DO NOT comport with what we can physically observe. However, to couch your argument for a god in "scientific" terms that don't contain any science is absurd. By definition, belief does not require fact - science does. Mr. Ross, please pick a boat and start paddling.

Either find another profession or stop wasting our time trying to justify your own faith with your chosen profession - which are clearly at odds.

I stopped about 1/3 of the way through the book and wish I hadn't wasted even that small amount of time. I suggest you don't waste any time on this book.
A book for those interested in knowing how great their God is  Nov 4, 2009
Did you know that if the universe's mass was slightly higher or lower than it is, the whole universe would be full of atoms either heavier than iron or lighter than Helium? That would mean you wouldn't be reading this review.
It's All So Clear Now!  Oct 9, 2009
"Why is the universe the way it is? Um,...,um,...let's see, now.... Oh, yeah! That's right: because GOD MADE IT THAT WAY!" Only an authentic genius such as Hugh Ross can enable us to see that THINGS WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF THEY HADN'T TURNED OUT LIKE THIS! The guy's book is so full of wisdom that it ought to have a warning label advising the reader to wear a straight jacket---because after a mere ten pages the reader may find himself so impressed by Ross' intellect that he falls to his knees, pounds the floor with fists and forehead, and, having already lost control of bowels and bladder, feels impelled to bite off all his fingers in a veritable ecstasy of enthusiasm for the workings of Ross' mind.

Take Ross' description, on p. 19, of his adolescent epiphany: "After months of intensive investigation, I couldn't escape the stunning (and unique) consistency of the Biblical texts with scientists' emerging discoveries about the universe, with natural history, and even with current events in human history." Heart-warming, eh, what? Of course, it leaves a lot unsaid.

"After months of intensive investigation...." In what did Ross' investigation consist? Counting blades of grass in his front lawn, maybe? Sampling the flavor of road gravel caught in the tread of his parents' car tires, perhaps? For how many weeks out of those months did Ross meticulously catalog the results of walking exclusively on all fours, belly up?

"...[S]tunning consistency of the Biblical texts with scientists' emerging discoveries about the universe...." Just imagine the 19-year-old Hugh Ross assiduously perusing ALL the latest technical journals to stay abreast of cutting-edge scientific developments and falling out of his chair stunned that what he finds is compatible with Scripture. Of course, the contents of the Manhattan Telephone Directory are compatible with Scripture, too. Evidently, Ross failed to discern that VIRTUALLY NOTHING in scientific journals has ANY relevance to the Bible at all (Exercise: try teasing out the implications for Biblical veridicality of the most recent research findings in the area of, say, cold temperature phenomena, i.e., phenomena that occur only at temperatures below the boiling point of nitrogen).

"...[C]onsistency...with natural history...." In what sources could the Great Man have been immersing himself at age 19? Schmeckenwasser's ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN COCKROACHES? Certainly, the lad wasn't reading anything that hinted at biological evolution, or he'd have been rather less than stunned by its consistency with Biblical texts. 'T would seem that Baby Huey was already avoiding literature that didn't dovetail with his religious convictions.

And so it goes throughout WHY THE UNIVERSE IS THE WAY IT IS: page after page of the very same tripe that fills Ross' other books. Ross would be far more on point were he to explain how he and his Creationist groupies escape noticing that none of them can compete intellectually with an ordinary clay brick.

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