Scientific materialism grew out of scientific discoveries made from the time of Copernicus up to the beginning of the twentieth century.
These discoveries led many thoughtful people to the conclusion that the universe has no cause or purpose, that the human race is an accidental by-product of blind material forces, and that the ultimate reality is matter itself. Barr contends that the revolutionary discoveries of the twentieth century run counter to this line of thought. Using the insights of modern physics, he reveals that modern scientific discoveries and religious faith are deeply consonant.
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It energizes the reader, since its philosophical positions are well argued, its writing is clear and accessible, and its religious affirmations are provocative for believers and nonbelievers alike. Barr argues that there is no debate between religion and science.
The real conflict is between religion and materialism. He contends that the great discoveries of modern physics are more compatible with the central teachings of traditional Christianity and Judaism than with materialism. Though the book is an apologia which deals with the issues science raises for religion, Barr claims a harmony between religion and science which will intrigue even readers uninterested in apologetics.
Modern Physics and Ancient Faith and millions of other books are available for instant access. Modern Physics and Ancient Faith Paperback – March 15, In his accessible and eminently readable new book, Stephen M. Barr demonstrates that what is really at war with religion is. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. *Starred Review* Often invoked as justification for unbelief, modern science here provides the basis for an unusual and.
Refreshingly, Barr's apologia does not make grandiose claims for his conclusions, for "what the debate is about. Scientific materialism, or the claim that "nothing exists except matter, and that everything in the world must therefore be the result of the strict mathematical laws of physics and blind chance," is Barr's opponent.
His definition does not cover all materialisms, for some would include energy with matter as the fundamental constituents of the universe, and laws of sciences other than physics as producers of what exists in the world.