1. WHO will benefit from Counting To God?
- Anyone – believer or non-believer – interested in what current scientific research reveals about the existence of God.
- Believers who want to discuss their beliefs with atheist friends (and confidently answer “scientific” objections).
- Parents who want to talk to their children about matters of faith, and prepare them for the atheist bias and misstatements of modern culture.
- Pastors who preach and answer questions on issues involving modern science and faith.
- Professors and students who need to understand the latest scientific discoveries in areas such as cosmology, evolution theory, and the complexity of biological life, as well as other scientific topics relevant to apologetics.
2. WHAT will Counting To God tell me that I don’t already know?
Many believers have gray areas in their understanding of issues that involve both faith and science – such as about the origin of the universe and life.
Why? Because modern science seems to contradict our traditional doctrines and sacred texts.
There is a general but false perception among people of faith, agnostics, and atheists alike, that “the science is settled” that religious views of the cosmos are rife with problems.
This conventional wisdom is completely untrue. The truth is that actual science poses no such obstacles to religious faith.
A blizzard of false information dominates our public sphere, masquerading under the label of science but actually nothing more than ideology – “Scientism” – that flies in the face of current data from mainstream scientists.
In fact, the only settled science is a growing stock of evidence that the theory of an intelligent design behind our universe and life is at least as plausible as any materialist proposal.
In Counting To God, you’ll learn how the cutting edge of modern science supports traditional religious beliefs.
Author Douglas Ell, who has presented his findings to MIT scientists as well as church groups, says that science virtually adds a technical footnote to the Bible.
Through the scientific method alone – observation, experiment and logic – we now know with certainty: There is an objective, rational basis for faith.
3. WHEN has science ever supported the religious view about how the universe and life on our planet came to be?
Beginning in the mid-1960s and accelerating dramatically in the past few years, a series of shocking discoveries have overturned the materialist status quo.
These breakthroughs include:
- The discovery that our universe was created.
- The realization, by unraveling the technology of life, that there is no atheist explanation for its origin. Life couldn’t have begun by mere chance.
- Multiple discoveries contradicting Darwin’s theories on unguided evolution.
- Advances in quantum physics that strongly suggest a reality outside of space and time.
Today, the materialist position is weak, and must argue against the evidence of modern science.
4. WHY “Counting” to God?
There are at least seven areas of modern science that shed light on the question of God’s existence.
One by one, author and former atheist Douglas Ell explains in plain English the current state of knowledge in each of these areas, which include the history and physical laws of the universe and our planet, the origin and technology of life, evolution of species, and quantum physics. The book follows his 30 year journey from atheism to belief, by following the evidence of science.
In the course of this overview, Ell applies basic probability calculations to the likelihood of various phenomena having arisen by chance.
For instance, the theory of unguided macroevolution hinges on large numbers of random events; i.e., if chemicals are allowed to jostle around long enough, eventually they will form biological machines.
To analyze what exactly can happen over given periods of time, Counting To God provides examples in the form of thought exercises to illustrate concepts such as the true scale of very large numbers. This allows even non-technical readers to grasp the correlation of accidental events to spans of time – whether thousands, millions, or billions of years.
Through this perspective, Counting To God allows for drastically clearer understanding of a range of scientific discoveries.
For many readers, this viewpoint will be an eye-opener.
5. HOW can Counting To God assist with apologetics and talking about my faith?
Primarily, understanding what modern science really says about cosmology and life will make it easier to explain your faith and meet many “scientific” objections which, we now know, are really based in pseudo-science.
With its broad sweep of history, data and analysis, Counting To God is substantially a work of science, giving a feel of the progress and breadth of major scientific revolutions, such as cosmology from Ptolemy to the present day. It provides a detailed, comprehensive overview and primer, and readers will come away with greater expertise on some of the most controversial questions of our time.
The better you understand, the better you can explain.
Also, and equally important: Counting To God can open the door for discussions with non-believers that might otherwise be a tough sell.
In the course of reasoning with others, and discussing our faith, it’s useful to identify things we all agree on: common assumptions, shared aspirations, and common quandaries as well.
Of the “big questions” that people of every philosophical persuasion face in their lives, the existence of God – or a higher reality of some type – is foundational to so many. Even agnostics and atheists can find the supernatural tantalizing.
Yet most people are told that scientific progress opposes all “religion.” Many accept the idea that science has disproved the beliefs of the past.
The sheer element of surprise inherent in the revelations in Counting To God will help to gain interest. When you explain, for example, that the likelihood of a Designer behind all of life is a mathematical truth, not a religious statement, how much easier will it be to talk about more of what you believe?
Counting To God can help by tapping into the innate curiosity and wonder that each of us feels – in relation to the universe, the intricacy of creation, the beauty of species, and the sense that there must be something more to life.