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In a timely fusion of science and faith, the scientist and popular writer Gerald L. Schroeder explains why cutting-edge scientific theories point to a great plan underlying the universe.


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In a timely fusion of science and faith, the scientist and popular writer Gerald L. Schroeder explains why cutting-edge scientific theories point to a great plan underlying the universe.

30 review for The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ammar

    I extremely recommmend this book which gives a much needed perspective on science in this age of scientific secularism; Dr. Schroeder is in a unique position to give this perspective because he is an accomplished physicist as well as an individual who believes in God in the religion of Judaism. As a muslim myself, I agree with many of his views on science especially his emphasis on the notion that this magnificent wonder-full world was not conceived spontaneously without meticulous wisdom and in I extremely recommmend this book which gives a much needed perspective on science in this age of scientific secularism; Dr. Schroeder is in a unique position to give this perspective because he is an accomplished physicist as well as an individual who believes in God in the religion of Judaism. As a muslim myself, I agree with many of his views on science especially his emphasis on the notion that this magnificent wonder-full world was not conceived spontaneously without meticulous wisdom and infinite complexity of which a great deal is still unknown. He ventures through physics, cell composition and function, childbirth, the brain, and the mind among other topics to explore this universe we take so much for granted. For instance, did we know that in protein synthesis, proteins are used to make proteins? or that science still can't explain how we can see a picture in our mind? or that our body makes 2,000 proteins a second!?, how then can we accept that we were formed by some pattern of hit-and-miss mutations? this book challenges you to think and explore YOU, in a verse in the Qur'an "And in yourselves, Can you not see?" (51:21). Can we not see how much wisdom is expended in our being, which is being perpetuated every day? and in the whole ecological biosphere? The book is really eye-opening as you discover many intricate details untalked about in the science classroom or not really discussed. This book illustrates proof of an Intelligent Creator who has inexhaustibly created a complex universe which we can only begin to perceive to this day.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    According to Gerald L. Schroeder, “The renowned former president of the American Physical Society and professor of physics at Princeton University, recipient of the Einstein Award and member of the National Academy of Sciences, John Archibald Wheeler, likened what underlies all existence to an idea, the ‘bit’ (the binary digit) of information that gives rise to the ‘it,’ the substance of matter. If we can discover that underlying idea, we will have ascertained not only the basis for the unity th According to Gerald L. Schroeder, “The renowned former president of the American Physical Society and professor of physics at Princeton University, recipient of the Einstein Award and member of the National Academy of Sciences, John Archibald Wheeler, likened what underlies all existence to an idea, the ‘bit’ (the binary digit) of information that gives rise to the ‘it,’ the substance of matter. If we can discover that underlying idea, we will have ascertained not only the basis for the unity that underlies all existence, but most important, the source of that unity. We will have encountered the hidden face of God.” (8-9) Schroeder later states, “Wisdom, information, an idea, is the link between the metaphysical Creator and the physical creation. It is the hidden face of God.” (49) At the end of his exploration, Schroeder leaves the reader with, “Even in the closest of encounters, the face of God remains hidden.” (187) Does that mean his entire book is not worth reading? Perhaps, the “face of god” is the thirst for knowledge and understanding and creating conscious personal electric connections and signals within our own brains, or something like that. Information is like, wicked important dude. “Call it wisdom or an idea, information. The Hebrew word integrating all these would be emet, reality.” (38) Schroeder later defines wisdom as, “the building block, the substrate, from which all the time and space and matter of the universe were created. Wisdom is the interface between the physics of the world and the metaphysics of creation.” (93) My late professor, Dr. Elie Wiesel (also a Jew), defined wisdom as, “the soul of knowledge” in our class, “Memories, Madness, and Desire” in 2008. Schroeder was living in Jerusalem with his wife and five children at the time of this publication (2001), but laments, “I personally do not think that the complexity of life proves the existence of the Divine.” (93) later adding, “Faith backed by knowledge is much stronger than faith based on an emotionally driven gossamer hope, whether that faith be secular or religious.” (93-94) I believe in Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriot Way. Is there a face morph image of Bill and Tom? There’s tons of empirical evidence to back it all up too! The TB12 Method may or may not be pseudoscience, but Schroeder argues, “The wisdom of biology doesn’t try to beat the rules of nature. It outsmarts them.” (102) Maybe people from New England are wicked smaht too? “We’re not used to icy sidewalks in Jerusalem.” (175) Native Massholes certainly are. There are three distinct personal connections I made to Wallacean (is that even word?) literature during The Hidden Face of God. 1. Chapter 7 opens describing the brain as an antenna: “If the universe is indeed the expression of an idea, the brain may be the sole antenna with circuitry turned to pick up the signal of that idea.” (105) Schroeder earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In DFW’s opus, Infinite Jest, the MIT radio station is shaped like a brain. 2. Discussing female and male brain differences as demonstrated through standardized testing, Schroeder summarizes, “In standardized tests of skills, women in general do better at matching items having common characteristics. Men excel at rotating three-dimensional objects.” (144) Yang in Saint Dave’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men tells Ndiawar, “Look, man. I rotate three-dimensional objects. Mentally.” 3. Is non-fiction more of your forte’? Perhaps consider this one: “Neural cells getting information from the white lines alone are inhibited from only two sides. Nothing other than surgery, which I am not suggesting, will remove the effect. It’s built from birth. Lobsters have the same problem!” (163) 4. Bonus points: A. “And the brain is the top-of-the-line example of this successful struggle against oblivion.” (133) B. “Destroy the cortex and you destroy consciousness. Destroy the brain and the palpable mind goes with it into oblivion.” (152) !!!*“Is a joke truly funny when we laugh at it, or is it merely some aberration of our frontal lobe?” (143)*!!! If I could date anyone, I’d date Gravity because, “Gravity is always attractive.” (32-33) “In other words don’t expect to philosophize in the morning if you orgy in the evening.” (161) I rate this book four stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    The author does a good job of pointing out the "givens" that have to be accepted by scientists attempting to explain our origins or the way the universe works. However, he relies too much on intelligent design ideas to demonstrate that God must exist, even though intelligent design is a pseudoscientific ideology that has rightly been rejected by serious scientists. Instead of relying on the "God of the gaps" to prove his case, I would have liked to have seen more positive evidence of God's exist The author does a good job of pointing out the "givens" that have to be accepted by scientists attempting to explain our origins or the way the universe works. However, he relies too much on intelligent design ideas to demonstrate that God must exist, even though intelligent design is a pseudoscientific ideology that has rightly been rejected by serious scientists. Instead of relying on the "God of the gaps" to prove his case, I would have liked to have seen more positive evidence of God's existence.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trey Nowell

    Probably one of the best books I ever read! I cannot tell you how much of a profound impact this book had on me with the DNA structure and ways of looking at how we came to be as humans in relation to God with creating us. A good book for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Theist, Agnostics, and Atheists to gain perspective.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madhav Nallani

    This book constructed a fascinating answer for how science reveals truths about God. But, it also left me a little wanting for some more arguments that the author leaves a little abstract.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    “The further philosophical problem of there having been a beginning arises with the idea that the beginning of our universe marks the beginning of time, space, and matter. Before our universe came into being, there is every scientific indication that time did not exist. Whatever brought the universe into existence must of course predate the universe, which in turn means that whatever brought the universe into existence must predate time. That which predates time is not bound by time. Not inside “The further philosophical problem of there having been a beginning arises with the idea that the beginning of our universe marks the beginning of time, space, and matter. Before our universe came into being, there is every scientific indication that time did not exist. Whatever brought the universe into existence must of course predate the universe, which in turn means that whatever brought the universe into existence must predate time. That which predates time is not bound by time. Not inside of time. In other words, it is eternal. If the laws of physics, or at least some aspect of the laws of physics, did the job of creation, those laws by necessity are eternal.” “Wisdom, information, an idea, is the link between the metaphysical Creator and the physical creation. It is the hidden face of God.” “The further philosophical problem of there having been a beginning arises with the idea that the beginning of our universe marks the beginning of time, space, and matter. Before our universe came into being, there is every scientific indication that time did not exist. Whatever brought the universe into existence must of course predate the universe, which in turn means that whatever brought the universe into existence must predate time. That which predates time is not bound by time. Not inside of time. In other words, it is eternal. If the laws of physics, or at least some aspect of the laws of physics, did the job of creation, those laws by necessity are eternal.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    The author postulates that because the universe is so unfathomably large and our bodies are so unfathomably complex and comprised of things so small, there must be some unifying wisdom behind it all (aka God). I can agree with him because I believe that all this is a bit too much to have come about by random accident, but I don't think he actually proved anything. The author postulates that because the universe is so unfathomably large and our bodies are so unfathomably complex and comprised of things so small, there must be some unifying wisdom behind it all (aka God). I can agree with him because I believe that all this is a bit too much to have come about by random accident, but I don't think he actually proved anything.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tamra

    This book contains scientific facts about gravity, physics, biology, etc. that support recognition and appreciation of the ways that life and nature are intricately yet simply designed. Some gather an appreciation for the Divine through bible study; others can read this book and marvel at the myriad ways the Divine is known to us through scientific discoveries.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grace Best-Page

    I was enthralled, and still am, about what it takes "just" to see with the human eye. How is it even remotely possible that a system so complex could come about by blind, random chance, and in such a "short" period of time? To believe in Darwinism, where nature doesn't do any designing any more than God does, boggles my mind. I was enthralled, and still am, about what it takes "just" to see with the human eye. How is it even remotely possible that a system so complex could come about by blind, random chance, and in such a "short" period of time? To believe in Darwinism, where nature doesn't do any designing any more than God does, boggles my mind.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shayna Abrams

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the Science of G-d. It was harder to understand and it was a little redundant. But - at the same time, I can't knock it totally because I finished it and wanted a little more. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the Science of G-d. It was harder to understand and it was a little redundant. But - at the same time, I can't knock it totally because I finished it and wanted a little more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Evonne

    Really interesting in theory. I found some of the science a little difficult to follow, as evidenced by the fact that I can hardly remember any of it right now. But I do recall while reading it that I was totally immersed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Kalbach

    Good book, with a lot of information in it. Overall I found it pretty boring to read. It also lacks the depth and scope of some others in the realm of science.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elena Johansen

    DNF @ 10%, I actually became angry at this book for the incredibly flawed logic, false dichotomies, and false equivalencies. I couldn't take anymore. DNF @ 10%, I actually became angry at this book for the incredibly flawed logic, false dichotomies, and false equivalencies. I couldn't take anymore.

  14. 4 out of 5

    B G

    This is an interesting view of our world. The author combines science, psychology, and religion to explain many mysterious of our universe, from formation of planets to cell proteins.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Worth reading again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Haley Davidson

    A bit unclear at times, but fantastic. This book really opened my eyes to some of this world's greatest wonders, and opened my mind to ideas I had never thought of before. A bit unclear at times, but fantastic. This book really opened my eyes to some of this world's greatest wonders, and opened my mind to ideas I had never thought of before.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rowdy

    A compelling read for both the believer and non-believer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    andrew triplett

    Mind boggling! This book may change your life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex Shrugged

    The author makes an argument against the absurdity that random chance produced human beings and implies that some other higher power (perhaps the G-d of the Bible) set about producing the complex system we call the universe, and life. Note: Although Christians could benefit from reading this book, its primary focus seems to be relating science to Jewish texts. The Hebrew is defined and explained, but I suspect that Christians will not be used to the way the author approaches the religious texts. The author makes an argument against the absurdity that random chance produced human beings and implies that some other higher power (perhaps the G-d of the Bible) set about producing the complex system we call the universe, and life. Note: Although Christians could benefit from reading this book, its primary focus seems to be relating science to Jewish texts. The Hebrew is defined and explained, but I suspect that Christians will not be used to the way the author approaches the religious texts. Essentially the author makes an argument from biological design. He sees G-d's handiwork in the complexity of biological mechanisms. He explores and explains biological mechanisms and shows how unlikely it would be that random chance would produce such a complex system. For example, the author suggests that a bag filled with the letters of the alphabet might be spilled out on a table. Almost certainly some of the letters will spell out words by chance, but it would be very unlikely that they would form complex sentences no matter how many times you tried. This is a design argument. Design arguments are easy to make and difficult to refute although they can be refuted. The problem with refuting them is that the refutation is often complex and unsatisfying thus validating the old proverb, "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." In other words, you won't be able to convince someone who thinks a design argument is sensible mostly because design arguments ARE sensible. They simply are not proof. The refutation of design arguments comes down to this: a chance encounter of molecules could explain the entire complex system of life as we see it today, but the probability of it actually happening is so astronomically small that one would need an infinite number of chances to try, or (more likely but still crazy) some external intelligence made it all happen. (You can fill in the blank with your favorite external intelligence: G-d, the Easter Bunny, the Vulcans, etc.) I found the book reasonable and helpful. I own the hardcopy of this book and I'll probably read it again. Update: I suggest reading: "The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom" by the same author and... "The Anthropic Cosmological Principle" by Barrow and Tipler.

  20. 5 out of 5

    R Avraham

    The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth by Gerald L. Schroeder Ph.D. | May 9, 2002 THE QUINTESTINAL BOOK FOR GOD PROOFERS. This is Dr. Schroeder's best book, in my opinion. Everyone needs to read/study this book. It is not about any man-crafted religion and does not propel one to join anything. It does propel one to think like never before. The Hidden Face of God is an extraordinary venture undertaken to demonstrate that the beauty and complexity of life cannot have come about by ch The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth by Gerald L. Schroeder Ph.D. | May 9, 2002 THE QUINTESTINAL BOOK FOR GOD PROOFERS. This is Dr. Schroeder's best book, in my opinion. Everyone needs to read/study this book. It is not about any man-crafted religion and does not propel one to join anything. It does propel one to think like never before. The Hidden Face of God is an extraordinary venture undertaken to demonstrate that the beauty and complexity of life cannot have come about by chance. Even if you don't believe in God, you should read it, and ponder the mysteries of creation. There is a tremendous amount to think about, and the book is well written, understandable by anyone with an interest (but not necessarily training) in the natural sciences. There IS a mind at work out there. It underlies everything. Its name is Wisdom. Dr. Schroeder proves it by showing the scientific evidence in a very pleasant and readable style. I encourage everyone to read it. It's very powerful. I love this book. It really has me digging deep with every chapter I read. Schroeder does a great job of rolling away the stones that cause intellectuals to stumble. This should be a must-read for anyone who is searching for the truth I liked the fact it was not pro anything, Mr. Schroeder is simply seeking the truth, Where did life come from??? This is an extraordinary book, I believe YeHWeH-God guided the author. I recommend this book very, very highly. Make sure you give a copy to your children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, your mother, father, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, members of clergy, your politicians at all levels. You might have to absorb it in small doses (I did). Every page is a gold mine. You read a few paragraphs and suddenly you are no longer reading, you are thinking. Thinking like never before. CONSIDER THIS: Anthony Flew, one of the world’s most renowned atheists, after he read this book he changed his mind and decided that there is a God. Flew was in his 80's and I respect him for keeping an open mind, especially at that age, and then changing his mind.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larry Schweinhart

    Schroeder is a bona fide scientist, with a doctorate in nuclear physics, credentials that persuaded me to buy this book. Only later did I discover that he is also an Orthodox Jew who believes that the Bible’s creation story can be reconciled with Big History with days lengthened by Einsteinian time distortion, an idea that smacks of desperate Biblical fundamentalism and science fiction. But no matter. This is a thoroughly scientific book, advancing the interesting thesis that the universe and hu Schroeder is a bona fide scientist, with a doctorate in nuclear physics, credentials that persuaded me to buy this book. Only later did I discover that he is also an Orthodox Jew who believes that the Bible’s creation story can be reconciled with Big History with days lengthened by Einsteinian time distortion, an idea that smacks of desperate Biblical fundamentalism and science fiction. But no matter. This is a thoroughly scientific book, advancing the interesting thesis that the universe and human life are both too amazing to be explained by random-chance-based evolution. He makes a persuasive case. It’s difficult to see chance being up to the profound challenges of the complexity of cell, muscles, nerves, the brain, or the mind; or the challenges posed by a universe that had the potential of fully realized intelligent life within it at the moment of the Big Bang. Schroeder pulls no punches in presenting this complexity in mind-numbing detail. But his angle permits the reader to feel no compunction to memorize or otherwise absorb this detail in all its glory, but instead to simply stand in awe of it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    For all of us who look at the incredible wonder of nature and our universe and the awesome complexity of our own human body and inherently know that all of this could not have come about by the process of random selection and chance ... here is a book written by a MIT trained physicist who explains in riveting detail the underlying wisdom and design found in all living things. This, the author contends, points not to randomness but to a Mind outside of all things visible and invisible ... an Int For all of us who look at the incredible wonder of nature and our universe and the awesome complexity of our own human body and inherently know that all of this could not have come about by the process of random selection and chance ... here is a book written by a MIT trained physicist who explains in riveting detail the underlying wisdom and design found in all living things. This, the author contends, points not to randomness but to a Mind outside of all things visible and invisible ... an Intelligence that has programmed into all things, an incredible purpose and design and wisdom that the author calls The Hidden Face of God. He makes a strong case that all of life is an integration of the physical with the metaphysical. His explanations of cellular life ... DNA ... the human mind and consciousness ... the incredible workings of the brain ... are all full of remarkable detail that is sometimes hard to wrap your mind around ... but leave you with the full assurance that a Wisdom above all that is seen or unseen is involved ! The author calls this Wisdom, God, and so do I !!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jarmo Larsen

    Gerald L. Schroeder takes the reader into the dephts of metaphysics and molecular biology. He shows us the deep wisdom of God through his creation and His sense for the details. The book is a bit complex with some advanced and academic language use, but anyway more easy to understand than I thought when I first began reading. The disapointment was that Shroeder seems to be a theistic evolutionist even when he denies the randomnes of evolution. He often mentions the wisdom in the details of our b Gerald L. Schroeder takes the reader into the dephts of metaphysics and molecular biology. He shows us the deep wisdom of God through his creation and His sense for the details. The book is a bit complex with some advanced and academic language use, but anyway more easy to understand than I thought when I first began reading. The disapointment was that Shroeder seems to be a theistic evolutionist even when he denies the randomnes of evolution. He often mentions the wisdom in the details of our body structures and some bibelverses too, so overall a really fascinating dive into the body of Gods ultimate creation, man.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roddy

    Similar to, but not as good as “Nature’s Destiny” by Michael Denton. Particularly good on cell biology and the brain. Just a pity that Schroeder’s wonder at creation cannot be made more complete by belief in Jesus (The Logos which he alludes to in his reference to wisdom in the universe - See the Bible, John 1:1).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    Interesting enough, but not as good as his previous two works.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Al

    Mostly a review of high school science in awe of the universe. No real philosophical arguments for God other than incredulity.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philippe Jonquet

    The creation of man by God seen through science. Amazing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This was written for readers in one of the tiniest, most specific niches in the world. I can't remember why I thought of reading it, and chapter 3 was good, but it's an eyebrow-raiser/jaw-dropper at some points. This was written for readers in one of the tiniest, most specific niches in the world. I can't remember why I thought of reading it, and chapter 3 was good, but it's an eyebrow-raiser/jaw-dropper at some points.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve Carr

    I will have to come back to this one at some point. The details Schroeder teases out of the world around us are fascinating, but many of them are just technical enough to make it a laborious read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Francis P

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