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A physicist claims to have demonstrate that the essential beliefs of Christianity are wholly consistent with the laws of physics.Frank Tipler takes an exciting new approach to the age-old dispute about the relationship between science and religion in The Physics of Christianity. In reviewing centuries of writings and discussions, Tipler realized that in all the debate abouA physicist claims to have demonstrate that the essential beliefs of Christianity are wholly consistent with the laws of physics.Frank Tipler takes an exciting new approach to the age-old dispute about the relationship between science and religion in The Physics of Christianity. In reviewing centuries of writings and discussions, Tipler realized that in all the debate about science versus religion, there was no serious scientific research into central Christian claims and beliefs. So Tipler embarked on just such a scientific inquiry. The Physics of Christianity presents the fascinating results of his pioneering study.Tipler begins by outlining the basic concepts of physics for the lay reader and brings to light the underlying connections between physics and theology. In a compelling example, he illustrates how the God depicted by Jews and Christians, the Uncaused First Cause, is completely consistent with the Cosmological Singularity, an entity whose existence is required by physical law. His discussion of the scientific possibility of miracles provides an impressive, credible scientific foundation for many of Christianity’s most astonishing claims, including the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the Incarnation. He even includes specific outlines for practical experiments that can help prove the validity of the “miracles” at the heart of Christianity.Tipler’s thoroughly rational approach and fully accessible style sets The Physics of Christianity apart from other books dealing with conflicts between science and religion. It will appeal not only to Christian readers, but also to anyone interested in an issue that triggers heated and divisive intellectual and cultural debates....

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  • Jedidiah
    2019-03-25 23:06

    Fascinating book, even though I disagreed with a large chunk of it. For starters, if Tipler's view of the eventual Resurrection is correct (that is, every person who ever lived will be resurrected as a computer simulation in the Omega Point and then placed in a simulated environment where all "bad things" are removed), of what use is being a Christian, or making good moral choices? Tipler also appears to take some Biblical passages very literally (the star of Bethlehem is stressed as being an actual star, for example) yet disregarding others seemingly at random (such as the Fall occurring at some point in metazoan evolution and not as depicted in Genesis, or the feeding of the 5,000).The thing that left me puzzled the most though was his explanation of Christ's resurrection as a result of electroweak quantum tunneling. If every copy of Jesus across the multiverse used this procedure, there either 1) wouldn't be enough energy to "borrow" and none of the copies of Christ would rise, or 2) only a finite number of Christs, hence an infinitely small percentage of all the total Christs across the multiverse, would have risen and the rest would have remained dead. What is more, for someone whose theology is wholly dependent on the existence of the multiverse, Tipler's plane wave explanation is not effective on any level. I discovered Tipler through reading Deutsch's The Fabric of Reality, which does a much, much better job in that area. Also, Tipler's antagonistic tone is pretty grating through much of the book, not to mention unnecessary. I found it annoying that he mentions several times that scientists do not want to carry the laws of physics to their ultimate conclusion because they lead to God, when Tipler is (as far as I know) the only scientist who equates the Omega Point with God. He paints this as a conscious decision on the part of scientists, which I thought was unfair.Having said all of that though, I thought the book was fascinating, thought-provoking, and above all refreshing to see someone try to apply science to their faith, and not the other way around. Tipler hasn't convinced me that his God is the traditional Judeo-Christian God, but the Omega Point does seem to fit most of the requirements--eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, triune, omnipotent, etc., along with explanations of miracles, prayer, and the existence of evil. For that I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, sees no conflict with science and faith, and is interested in refining exactly what they believe and why they believe it, even if they don't find anything in this book that they actually believe. It's never bad to question why you believe what you do, it's only bad to never question it.

  • Benjamin Spurlock
    2019-04-18 21:31

    Whether you agree with Dr. Tipler or not, it's impossible to deny that he makes a very evocative narrative of the Christian faith and the future of science. That this book is so roundly criticized by both camps is, I believe, more a statement of the shameful and false dichotomy of modern society, rather than a charge against Dr. Tipler himself. While I myself find myself in disagreement with some points, he has given me a great deal of food for thought, and thus, I find myself almost forced to give it five stars. I'd encourage those who read it to take it in a similar vein- not to get overly invested in trying to reject his theories or 'prove him wrong,' but rather, examine it fairly, and see what it does. The results might well be a pleasant surprise.

  • Neelesh Marik
    2019-04-25 04:09

    Tipler acknowledges that he is a 'Physics Fundamentalist'. Using the principles of five fundamental physical laws: quantum mechanics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, general relativity, quantum cosmology and the Standard Model of Particle Physics, he validates several 'Christian' contentions which were hitherto in the domain of miracles. Namely the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth of Jesus, and the Resurrection. Using an arresting blend of scientific and mathematical logic, Tipler also throws profound light on the Omega Point, God as the cosmological singularity, the problem of evil, and the co-existence of divine determinism and human free will. Never before have I encountered such stunning implications of the multiverse paradigm that emerges from quantum mechanics.Using

  • Angela
    2019-04-14 21:19

    Certainly an interesting book, but I got the overwhelming impression that the author was trying too hard to make his beliefs about Christianity and physics fit together perfectly.I was also surprised that there was absolutely no mention of Hell, given that that seems to be a fairly important concept to most versions of Christianity. Perhaps he covers that topic in his previous book,The Physics of Immortality?That said, there were a couple of interesting (to me, anyway) discussions about the nature of miracles (bound by the laws of physics, or not?), the nature of sin, and the history of Christian theology.Overall, worth the read.

  • John
    2019-04-19 01:05

    A seriously deceptive piece of shit. Tipler often mixes and relates completely different principles in physics to deceive the reader and lead the reader to his very flawed conclusions. Absolute bullshit and not worthy as study in physics or theological thought.

  • Denise
    2019-03-28 03:02

    A reader would benefit far more from reading The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios or The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss.

  • Anthony
    2019-04-10 01:10

    To summarize this book is to use the author's quote "The cosmological Singularity is God".

  • Anthony Cleveland
    2019-04-07 22:28

    Difficult to read due to the complexity of the subject matter and the writing style of the author. However, I did like his quote ,"we do not have a clue as to how the human brain generates a human mind". This book was published in 2007 and unfortunately, Dr. Tipler's statement is probably closer to the truth than many contemporary neuroscientists and/or neuropsychologists would care to admit.

  • Maurizio Codogno
    2019-04-15 22:07

    È una sorta di par condicio. Avendo letto a suo tempo (e non apprezzato per nulla...) Il Tao della fisica di Fritjof Capra con l'associazione delle religioni orientali alla fisica contemporanea, mi è sembrato interessante vedere l'altra campana religiosa: la fisica vista dagli occhi di un cristiano, o meglio il cristianesimo visto dal punto di vista di un fisico. Frank Tipler, l'autore di questo libro è noto per aver scritto con John Barrow Il principio antropico, e questa è la sua seconda opera al riguardo. Tipler non è certo uno che usi mezze misure. Parte dalle leggi fisiche validate dagli esperimenti come la relatività generale, la legge elettrodebole, il modello standard e l'interpretazione dei molti mondi, che per lui è la realtà dei molti mondi. Da qui deduce che devono per forza esserci due singolarità in cui non valgono le leggi fisiche, una alla fine dei tempi (Dio Padre) e una all'inizio (lo Spirito Santo). Poi c'è una terza singolarità che pervade - non ho capito bene come) tutto il multiverso; questa è il Figlio. Da qui parte tutta la sua visione sincretica tra fisica e religione. Devo dire che alcuni punti teologici sono interessanti. Per esempio, l'onniscienza di Dio deriva dal vedere lo spazio-tempo-multiverso come un tutt'uno che a livello superiore è statico; il libero arbitrio deriva dal fatto che se ci sono tutti gli universi possibili, ci saranno quelli in cui farò un'azione e quelli in cui non la farò, e la Singolarità può sapere le percentuali ma non i risultati della singola persona a causa delle leggi quantistiche. Anche i miracoli sono correttamente indicati come fatti non impossibili ma semplicemente assai improbabili. Detto questo, la maggior parte delle idee esposte non hanno fondamenti validi, soprattutto dal punto di vista matematico; l'equivalenza delle diverse successioni di Cauchy - e non del punto limite - oppure l'irrigidirsi sulla definizione di probabilità solamente come misura dell'ignoranza servono alla sua tesi, ma sono difficilmente accettabili aprioristicamente. Non parliamo poi del suo atteggiamento dove il principio antropico è portato a estremi letteralmente incredibili o degli esperimenti che propone per dimostrare la validità delle sue ipotesi, al di fuori delle possibilità attuali e quindi non invalidabili, oltre che essere spesso confusi. Ad esempio per verificare che l'Uomo della Sindone sia un maschio XX dove i geni tipici dell'Y si sono spostati in un X (cosa di per sé possibile) dice di cercare alleli X senza pensare alle possibili contaminazioni. Ah, Maria sarebbe nata senza un gene codificante il comportamento violento (il peccato originale!) e Gesù sarebbe il risultato di una specie di autofecondazione per quanto riguarda la materia fisica... Insomma, come Hard SF siamo messi bene, ma come scienza molto, molto meno. Noticina: Tipler non è antisemita, ma in compenso è antimusulmano... La traduzione è scorrevole; ho solo trovato un paio di punti non troppo chiari.

  • Amanda Wulf
    2019-04-04 05:23

    This book is the very incarnation of picking your conclusion, then cherry-picking evidence to support it. It relies on a flawed understanding of the Bible to make its tenuous points (taking Revelation literally, not acknowledging that the disciples expected Jesus to come back in their lifetime, etc). I also got the impression he might have been cherry-picking the physics to support his arguments as well, though I don't know enough physics to be sure on that.

  • Heather
    2019-04-26 02:01

    Frank J. Tipler has clearly watched and/or read too much science fiction. In this book Tipler proposes that every human shall live again by being re-created as robots/AIs. That God is the Cosmological Singularity and Jesus was born of a virgin and had xx genes. I feel that the title is very misleading and if I had known what the book was proposing I would have never picked it up.

  • Wally
    2019-04-15 03:24

    I find the parts about physics interesting, and consider Christianity a matter of faith (not physics). By trying to unite the two the author loses credibility in my mind. For a good laugh, read the last paragraph of each chapter!

  • Jef
    2019-04-11 22:09

    Based on his Physics of Immortality, this book goes even further and states boldly that there can be no other conclusion from General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics than that Christianity is all true. He calls scientist who reject his conclusions heretics.

  • Rick
    2019-03-28 04:06

    Blew my mind. I'd love for a phycisist friend to read it so we can discuss.

  • Ray A.
    2019-04-10 00:26

    I found this book too technical and not accessible to the lay reader and thus cannot rate or recommend it.