A Thought Experiment
Have you read Jonathan Livingston Seagull? Or Sophie's World? If so, you'll understand what I mean when I say, "Here's another."
Scott Adams is best known for his Dilbert comic strips, a bestselling series of takes on office life (more info at www.dilbert.com). But with this book he's apparently expanded his territory (if you'll pardon the phrase) beyond the office cubicle to embrace the entire universe and even God himself.
God's Debris is, as Adams puts it, a "thought experiment... designed to make your brain spin around in your skull." Theological students are used to having their brains spun around inside their skulls: the things they think they know are challenged - "WHY do you believe what you believe...?" But this book isn't aimed at theologians - it's for ordinary people, effectively taking hold of that question and spinning it around some deceptively simple answers.
Picking up the threads of popular science and philosophy, God's Debris gently weaves them into a captivating story. A young man meets an old man who KNOWS. The story is told in the form of a conversation - questions and answers bounced back and forth - with you, the reader, listening in.
The old man's concept of God isn't conventional: if you're the kind of person who finds novel reinterpretations of God's nature threatening, read no further. But his worldview seems to hang together. His answers to life's big mysteries - the nature of God, reality, free will, probability, science, creation & evolution and religion (to name but some of the topics touched upon) - all sound plausible.
But somewhere along the line something's not right. Herein lies the author's challenge: why are the old man's answers wrong? You've heard it said that when there's more than one possible answer, the simplest one is probably right. But how often have you actually found that to be true? If it isn't true - if the simplest answers are, quite simply, wrong - why?
Read, share with a friend, enjoy.
Phil Groom, March 2002
Phil Groom is this site's Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He's a freelance blogger, writer and web developer who spent ten years managing the bookshop at London School of Theology alongside eight years writing web reviews for Christian Marketplace magazine before he came to his senses and went independent. You can find him on facebook or follow him on twitter @notbovvered.
Previously published by London School of Theology. Reused here by kind permission.
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