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The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity With God's Plan by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon talks about how both religion and science are responsible for the formation of the Universe and the appearance of life on earth. A note from the author tells us in general people believe in one of three perspectives about origins the Universe. We are then promised to be taken through an intriguing journey along which the answers to their religious and scientific study unfold.
I found the first few chapters boring because I am not a religious person. But even though I am not interested in science either, I found the methods used for scientifically calculating the age of the universe interesting. I also appreciated the picture of the Hubble Telescope, it took my breath away for a moment! Most of the other pictures I just glanced at because they were there.
Interestingly enough when the time of day God started to work was altered in the biblical creation process the amount of time they came up with was remarkably close to the scientific calculations. And when this formula was used for two other events they matched scientific measurements. Age of all planets except the earth were matched.
It is thought that these findings "...will at last bring together atheists and believers in a harmonious agreement about the earth's creation" (location 1228). I think this is a beautiful dream. But doubt religion and science will ever completely agree on anything!
Research found that they were not the first ones to try and relate religious and scientific time lines. In 1853 Phillip Henry Gosse wrote a book he believed would resolve the dispute between religious and scientific beliefs. His book, Creation, did not go over well.
I also found it interesting that a factory making jeans can make jeans to look how you want them, such as faded or ripped, is compared to why science shows the earth being older than it is (location 1335 to 1354). The thing I found most interesting was that until reading this book I did not know that Sir Isaac Newton was not only a scientist but also studied and wrote about his religious beliefs.
One thing I did not care for was that the authors keeps saying later in the book that the dead will be resurrected. I thought they were trying to show that biblical and scientific time lines were very close. But every time it is said the dead will come back to life I think of zombie movies! Does this mean anyone who ever died will rise from the grave? Or just those who believe in God?
As I stated, I am not a religious or scientific person so I appreciated the glossary at the end. This book was well written and organized, I did not find any errors so it must have been professionally edited. Anyone interested in creation timelines or just when the earth was born would enjoy this book as I did. Therefore The Biblical Clock deserves a 4 out of 4 .
The Biblical Clock
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