In the Beginning

A Catholic Scientist Explains How God Made Earth Our Home


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The taste of fresh berries, the quiet cadence of waves lapping a lakeshore, the song of an owl in the night, the glory of a sunset: so many details manifest the reality that Earth is not merely the place where we are, but that it is truly our home and is meant to be our home.

Most modern scientists dismiss this notion as romantic nonsense, arguing instead that Earth and, indeed, the entire universe is actually a cosmic accident, the mystifying result of billions of years of random events.

Here in this work of basic science written for nonspecialists, scientist Gerard Verschuuren confronts those men and women on their own territory force for force, atom for atom, cell for cell, and even planet for planet.

With clear, well-documented explanations, he shows that the latest findings of modern cosmology, physics, chemistry, geology, and other sciences tell a remarkably different story. Instead of the vaunted randomness of our immense universe, scientists have recently discovered indisputable patterns in the structures of matter and energy. Over the eons, these distinctive patterns drove the universe inexorably toward formation of the Earth as what we experience it to be: our secure, exceptional, and singularly welcoming home.

In these pages, you'll learn, among other things:

  • Why the universe is so old . . . and so vast!
  • Earth's unique chemical and geological characteristics that make it a hospitable place for mankind
  • How the moon became critical to life on Earth
  • How volcanism, mass extinctions, and even changes in the Earth's orbit prepared the way for mankind
  • Evidence that evolutionary changes are not, as the atheists claim, random
  • Why the Catholic Church has always distinguished the Book of Scripture from the Book of Nature
  • How science presupposes the existence of God without even realizing it!
  • The limitations of the scientific method and how those limitations trip up scientists
  • The many hidden, unscientific dogmas of science
  • The errors of Stephen Hawking and other popular cosmologists
  • Why science wrongly denies that the universe was made for mankind
  • Evidence that we live in a purpose-driven world (and why science is blind to it)
  • And much more!
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  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622826-728
  • Product Code: 6728
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: July 08, 2019
  • Categories: Apologetics, By Title, eBooks, Science and Faith
With his knowledge of philosophy, science, and Catholic doctrine, the author makes a persuasive case for a creator (primary cause, God) as an alternative to the view of contemporary scientists - that the universe and life as we know it evolved through random events over billions of years. In addition, certain contents of the book, due to the subject matter, are complex; however, the various topics are described such that they are understandable to the lay person.
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Wisdom is having a firm faith in Divine Providence
In the Beginning by Gerard Verschuuren provides several arguments showing how the universe and earth seem extraordinarily fine-tuned for human life. Gerard Verschuuren is a Roman Catholic scientist who demonstrates that the fine-tuning design arguments for God’s existence are persuasive and compelling. He basically shows evidence of Divine Providence in the creation, evolution and history of the universe and mankind. This is an excellent book of apologetics and it shows how faith and reason are allies. One piece of evidence for God comes from human nature. Verschuuren argues that men alone are language-users, rational, moral, self-aware and self-transcendent, and since effects resemble their causes, the best explanation for human nature is that it came from a language-using, rational, moral, self-aware and transcendent God. Aristotle defined man as the rational animal, which is a good definition. Gerard Verschuuren defines man as the rational, moral animal, which is a better definition. He notes that in addition to having a genetic code, men have a moral code. Not only does the author give good arguments for God’s existence, he notes that human self-awareness could only come from an immaterial mind, since matter cannot think or understand immaterial concepts. And matter can’t understand itself, but only an immaterial mind could look upon its human body and be self-aware, so this is a good argument that the human mind is immaterial. Gerard Verschuuren points out that the human faculty of rationality gives us access to the world of truths and untruths. Humans have other truth detectors - intuition, feelings, imagination, faith - but those other truth detectors do not understand universals, so those other truth detectors are much more uncertain and need human reason to correctly interpret their findings. Rationality should guide other means of knowing because, properly used, rationality is the most certain of our truth detectors. But also note that the heart and faith can see deeper than reason can. The basic question In The Beginning deals with is “Is our universe the result of chance events, or is our universe the result of Divine Providence?” The conclusion of this book is that there is strong evidence that the universe is the result of Divine Providence, and wisdom is having a firm faith in Divine Providence.
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