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The question of life after death is probably as old as humanity itself. A conversation ensues among four travelers, a driver and three hitchhikers, on the way. They are discussing the question of life after death and the path that leads to this. There are two believers and two skeptics in the vehicle. All of them have different backgrounds and hence are faced with distinct questions and concerns, and the answers they receive vary as well. The questions range from contradictions and discoveries in the Bible that are inconsistent with scientific laws to those arising from other world views.
The reader looks with bewilderment at a world so spectacular in all its beauty and wonder and yet filled with suffering. We are made to appreciate that sometimes obstacles, as minute as they can be, have to be taken out of the way for people to comprehend more significant concerns. What is even more mesmerizing is that there is a dog who pays attention to this group of ‘two-leggeds’ and enjoys their company and care as well. This faithful companion is neutral but keen; he gladly welcomes their gestures of love.
I was led to reflect on many issues while poring over this book. The main one was the convergence of science and religion. The book reveals how science and religion do not necessarily have to be antagonistic by discussing issues like evolution. Consequently, the author notes every field of study needs to be addressed with a methodology appropriate to the subject. For instance, he states that one cannot utilize a microscope to observe stars or a telescope to examine the cell. This calls for one to handle what they comprehend well while accepting that some complex topics and concerns ought to be addressed by those experienced in specific areas.
So, why should you consider reading Humanity’s Greatest Discovery by Bob Keller? The book comprises twenty chapters only and presents a lot of information on science and religion. One thing that will fascinate readers is that it presents a summary of facts and conclusions from other books and refers readers to them for extensive reading. This style of presentation did not lessen the impact of the book but made it possible for one to learn much without having to peruse countless lengthy works. Consequently, anyone who wants to discover more can purchase any book as they are included in the bibliography. Quotations were effectively used to add credibility to the arguments in the book. As a result, the text became more convincing.
The language used in the book was straightforward, and editing was professionally done as well. What I liked most in the book was the writing style. I was intrigued by the amount of information one could glean from the conversation of the four travelers. God’s concern for the poor was sufficiently expressed through scriptures from the Bible and charity works operated by believers. I also benefited immensely from the lessons on how to read and interpret the Old Testament. The only thing I disliked was that the bibliography was very long. This was due to personal preference, though, and did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.
I heartily rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. All avid theologians, Christians, and seekers will find great resources and publications on very many topics like apologetics and prayer. Therefore, I recommend the book to all readers who like reading books on science and religion. It requires one to be open-minded to the fact that every field must be approached with the right methodology.
Humanity's Greatest Discovery
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