The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God
By Hugh Ross
RTB Press, $19.95, 344 pages
“Time really does have a beginning.” And, if time demonstrably has a beginning, then that argues for a Beginner. That profound claim is amply supported by astronomer Hugh Ross in the fourth edition of his accessible book “The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Latest Scientific Discoveries Reveal God.”
Many supporting the intelligent design hypothesis have explored the proofs for a designer from evidence right here on Earth, in the natural world. With “The Creator and the Cosmos,” Mr. Ross turns the focus on the vastness of space, especially evidence for the “Big Bang” at 13.8 billion years ago and its implication for an intelligent designer.
Mr. Ross is founder and president of Reasons to Believe (RTB), an organization that promotes the view that “science and faith are, and always will be, allies, not enemies.” His book strengthens this alliance with ample published research, and it bolsters the reasonableness of accepting a superior being who, against all astronomical odds, brought the world we see today into existence.
“The Creator and the Cosmos” makes the case that the extreme care given to prepare a place for humans to enjoy reveals a personal, loving creator.
The careful crafting and utter necessity of the nine known “planetary habitable zones” — including those involving water, ultraviolet energy, photosynthesis, ozone, planetary-rotation rate, planetary rotation axis tilt, tides, astrospheres and the atmospheric electric field — are clearly explained. An expansion to the remarkable number of specific conditions that must be aligned for life on Earth to exist is given and clarified in a partial listing in two valuable appendices. “Appendix A: Evidence for the Fine-Tuning of the Universe” provides 60 conditions, while “Appendix B: Evidence for the Fine-Tuning of the Milky Way Galaxy, Solar System, and Earth” lists another 150. Much more evidence is proffered in the book.
Dr. Ross’ passion for his life-long journey in astronomy, and his conviction of a Creator, specifically the One revealed in the Bible, are evident in “The Creator and the Cosmos.” Yet this book is far from preachy. “The Creator and the Cosmos” serves as a compendium and one long, reasoned argument that appeals to Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and quantum mechanics. Although these pioneers and other giants of science, their theories, and topics like gravity waves and quantum tunneling are quite complex, the book reads more like a thorough, lucid science adventure that brings a lofty subject down to grass-roots understanding.
From the book’s beginning all the way to its end, numerous popular and unpopular, imaginable and unimaginable proposals for when and how the universe appeared are admirably addressed. Through the multitude of cosmic hypothesis and today’s advanced technology to detect the wonders of the cosmos and confirm such hypothesis, Mr. Ross stays on course with the concept of an actual beginning to time and space.
Accordingly, “[i]f time’s beginning is concurrent with the beginning of the universe, as the space-time theorems say, then the cause of the universe must be some entity operating in the equivalent of a time dimension completely independent of and preexistent to the time dimension of the cosmos.” All the latest evidence tells us that “a transcendent Creator must exist. Why? Because all the matter, energy, space dimensions, and even time, each suddenly and simultaneously came into being from some source beyond itself.”
And this from Dr. Ross: “In all my conversations with those researching the characteristics of the universe, and in all my readings of articles or books on the subject, not one person denies the conclusion that the cosmos appears to have been crafted to make it a fit habitat for life.”
The moderns have deciphered what the ancients had observed that “the heavens declare the glory of God.”
• Anthony J. Sadar is a certified consulting meteorologist and author of “In Global Warming We Trust: Too Big to Fail” (Stairway Press, 2016).