4 out of 4 stars
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From time immemorial religion and science are at odds about the existence of God and His supernatural power. The human minds have debated since ages on whom to believe- in God or science? And so it seems the authors' Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon have created a common platform for the two to coexist in their manuscript The Biblical Clock. This is a non-fiction genre book linking theories of evolution given by religion and discovered by science with each other.
It may seem like a religious text as the title of the book claims about the untold secret linking the universe and humanity with God’s plan. And thus I was skeptical about reading this book at first, but what attracted me towards the book was the author himself; Daniel, who is the CEO of a Global Technology company and an avid religious student, convinced me he is the best person to answer the questions on the creation-evolution debate and the role of science and religion.
I would recommend reading the book from cover to cover, especially the note from the author and the reading guide where the author has specifically described the chronology of the book and also he has summarized the book in a chapter-wise fashion. It becomes easy to understand the author’s point of view and his research on the subject once we have read these sections before proceeding to the chapters.
There are three sections in this book. The first part is about the beginning and timelines of the universe discussed through the teachings of spiritual thinkers from 800 years till the present day. The second section is about the concept of “End of Days” proclaimed by the Jewish religious text. The third part is about the beginning of the universe, the first sin of Adam and its relation with the End of Days.
The chapters of the book begin with narratives from the Jewish religious history and then the author tries to match them with the scientific knowledge. For example, the Jewish religious texts and scholars called rabbi believe that the universe is around 6000 years old only. While scientists have calculated the age of the universe to be around 13.6 billion years. How is this possible? Here, Daniel offers his research and scientific theories and convinces us that religion and science are not on the opposite ends rather they are running parallel towards the same goal. Only we need to understand the deeper meaning of the religious texts. I will explain no further; read for yourself and enjoy the book.
My favorite part of the book is the chapter in which Daniel has created a fictional account of the future of humanity. Though it may seem biased to the non-Jewish readers this fictional future account is very relatable once you read the whole book. Also, it’s not about Christianity or Judaism, this book is about humanity. I am neither Christian nor Jew but still, I can relate to these teachings as ultimately all religions believe in God. This book addresses all those curious minds who want to know about the origin of the Universe, emergence of earth and the future of humanity once you overcome the prejudice created by the title.
There is no doubt about the professional editing of the book as Dania Sheldon is the recipient of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Canada’s highest recognition in that profession. I would like to rate it a 4 out of 4 stars because I disliked nothing in this book. Though I do not support all the author’s opinion I liked his arguments that “history looks like a natural process under our control it to is God acting to bring his very precise plan to fulfillment.”
The Biblical Clock
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