Updated: Jun 16, 2020
Do you believe in God, or do you believe in science? The world tells us we can’t choose both, but as Eric Metaxas can attest, the science disagrees. In a compelling combination of science and real life testimonies, the New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoffer challenges our preconceived notions about religion and science being in conflict.
“The idea that science is somehow at odds with faith and miracles is false,” says Metaxas. “It’s actually not only false but also demonstrably illogical.”
Metaxas urges his readers to first consider the reality of life on Earth. It’s something we take for granted every day, but could life itself be a miracle? What does the science say?
In 2001, it was determined that there were at least 150 different variables necessary to support life on a planet. Necessary as in non-negotiable. In the words of Metaxas:
“According to these figures, the odds of any planet being able to support life are one in ten to the fiftieth power. To express this more visually and without concern for conserving zeros, that is one in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.”
If Earth was any bigger, the increase in gravity would keep methane and ammonia gas near the surface. We can’t breathe methane or ammonia. So we’d die.
If Earth was any smaller, the decrease in gravity would cause water vapor to go into the atmosphere, instead of staying on the surface. Translation... no more water. And we die.
The speed of Earth’s rotation, the size of the moon, the moon's distance from Earth, the boiling point of water... they all align perfectly to support life on Earth. They are all perfect. Impossibly perfect. In the words of Metaxas:
“We are a distinct mathematical impossibility.”
Far from a scientific paper, Miracles is also ripe with third party testimonies that go well beyond the laboratory, including stories of impossible healings, radical conversions, angelic visitations, and much more.
Albert Einstein once said that science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind. In Miracles, Eric Metaxas has taken a fact-based approach to teach the lame to walk, and to help the blind to see.
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