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Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

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Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#1 by LivreAmour217
» 28 Oct 2017, 11:30

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "God? Very Probably" by Robert H. Nelson.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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God? Very Probably is a non-fiction work that sets out to prove the likely existence of a deity. Using mathematics, quantum theory, evolutionary evidence, and historical events, author Robert H. Nelson makes a strong case for the existence of what most of us would consider "God." The author does not endorse a specific religion, but rather states the case for the possibility of a "cosmic mind" that brought the universe into being.

Although God? Very Probably seems like a book that would appeal to religious readers, it is first and foremost a scientific treatise. Reading this book is a scholarly undertaking that requires an open mind from believers and skeptics alike. That being said, I personally feel more knowledgeable and well-rounded for having read this book. The historic and scientific information within makes the reading well worth the effort, whether one is inclined to agree with the author or not.

The writing within this book is superb and virtually free of errors. The author was meticulous in citing his sources, and made sure to include a source list at the end of each chapter, in addition to a lengthy bibiliography at the end of the book. The book also contains an index for easy reference of specific topics. God? Very Probably would be an excellent resource for anyone seeking to find evidence of a higher power outside of the bounds of religious texts.

The author also does an excellent job of refuting detractors in a professional and objective manner. Among the author's sources are works by well-known atheists, and although their beliefs are clearly denounced by the author, he does not us his platform to go on the attack. The belief (or non-belief) in a deity is a passionate topic for many people, and it's often too easy to be carried away by one's feelings on the matter, but the author maintains a civil tone throughout the book. In this age of shameless mud-slinging in all forms of media, I found this to be quite refreshing.

As for complaints about this book, I have none. However, some readers may find the subject matter to be tedious, and it bears repeating that this is not a light read. For many readers, God? Very Probably will be a mentally strenuous undertaking, but a worthwhile one. I also feel the need to reiterate that this is not a book for those who hold fundamentalist views, as the author sticks to scientific facts to back up his points. I enjoyed God? Very Probably immensely, and I award it 4 out of 4 stars. This book is best suited to readers who enjoy learning and don't mind being exposed to controversial ideas.

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Re: Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#2 by MsTri
» 28 Oct 2017, 23:45

I started to read this, but then was afraid that the material would upset me, as I have strong personal beliefs. I'm glad to know that it was a good read for you.
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Re: Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#3 by LivreAmour217
» 29 Oct 2017, 05:15

MsTri wrote:I started to read this, but then was afraid that the material would upset me, as I have strong personal beliefs. I'm glad to know that it was a good read for you.


I’m sorry that this book wasn’t a good fit for you, but I appreciate you taking the time to read my review of it :)
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Post Number:#4 by Quinto
» 29 Oct 2017, 08:18

Great review. It appears the books write-up is objective enough. Very important when holding constructive dialogues.
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Post Number:#5 by kandscreeley
» 29 Oct 2017, 08:24

Sounds like a very well written book. I'm sure not everyone will appreciate this book, but I know a lot of research went into it. Thanks.
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Re: Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#6 by Kat Berg
» 29 Oct 2017, 09:44

As for complaints about this book, I have none. However, some readers may find the subject matter to be tedious, and it bears repeating that this is not a light read. For many readers, God? Very Probably will be a mentally strenuous undertaking, but a worthwhile one.

:D Challenge accepted! I do love a book that makes me think, and lately have read a few too many that make only an half-hearted effort at being scholarly. It is heartening that this author has done the work with well-resourced information. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#7 by LivreAmour217
» 29 Oct 2017, 12:19

Quinto wrote:Great review. It appears the books write-up is objective enough. Very important when holding constructive dialogues.


Thank you! I agree—objectivity is extremely important in any scientific endeavor.

-- 29 Oct 2017, 13:24 --

kandscreeley wrote:Sounds like a very well written book. I'm sure not everyone will appreciate this book, but I know a lot of research went into it. Thanks.


Yes, there are many people on both sides of the argument who would not appreciate this book! That’s part of the reason I enjoyed it so much, the author was more concerned with stating facts than appeasing a particular group. Thank you so much for reading!

-- 29 Oct 2017, 13:30 --

Kat Berg wrote:
As for complaints about this book, I have none. However, some readers may find the subject matter to be tedious, and it bears repeating that this is not a light read. For many readers, God? Very Probably will be a mentally strenuous undertaking, but a worthwhile one.

:D Challenge accepted! I do love a book that makes me think, and lately have read a few too many that make only an half-hearted effort at being scholarly. It is heartening that this author has done the work with well-resourced information. Thanks for the review.


You’re welcome, and thank you for stopping by! I hope that you enjoy this book!
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Post Number:#8 by Mercy Bolo
» 30 Oct 2017, 05:41

I'm glad that the author doesn't follow the "it is written" mentality but backs up his argument with scientific research.
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Re: Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#9 by LivreAmour217
» 30 Oct 2017, 12:33

Mercy Bolo wrote:I'm glad that the author doesn't follow the "it is written" mentality but backs up his argument with scientific research.


Yes, I appreciated that as well. Thank you for reading my review!
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Post Number:#10 by Nthabeleng
» 30 Oct 2017, 15:31

Totally not what I was expecting but it sounds interesting. Good review.
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Re: Official Review: God? Very Probably by Robert H. Nelson

Post Number:#11 by LivreAmour217
» 30 Oct 2017, 16:28

Nthabeleng wrote:Totally not what I was expecting but it sounds interesting. Good review.


Thank you! :)
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Post Number:#12 by Ubheeram Nina
» 31 Oct 2017, 00:22

I already read 'Conversation with God' and that change my concept of God a lot. If 'God? Very Probably' is based on scientific research, i would really wish to have a read. Great review.
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Post Number:#13 by KitabuKitamu
» 31 Oct 2017, 06:54

Sounds interesting from the review, I'm sold to trying out the book...
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Post Number:#14 by Pknjo
» 31 Oct 2017, 08:13

It's a good thing that it's objective, good job with the review.
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Post Number:#15 by Mtsweni Nelsy
» 05 Nov 2017, 13:15

It is good that the author does not promote any religious body with his book. Thanks for the review.
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