A number of years ago I was browsing at a Barnes and Noble while my brother-in-law was off looking for something or other in particular. On one of the tables near the front of the store there was a book, God’s Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe by Amir D. Aczel, that caught my eye and eventually peaked my interest enough to purchase, read, and recommend. The book is a fascinating history of general relativity, Einstein’s field equation, and the cosmological constant. The book isn’t about God, but rather about the quest to describe the origin and structure of the universe.
Given my appreciation for his earlier work, Aczel’s most recent book Why Science Does Not Disprove God immediately caught my eye. This book is not a defense of religious belief, and certainly not a defense of conservative Christianity (in the conclusion he comments that “the God of literal interpretations of Scripture … certainly does not exist” (p. 252), but is rather an attempt to refute the claim of the so-called “New Atheists” that modern scientific understanding disproves God. He is especially offended by the claim that religion is not only wrong, but also bad, stupid, and responsible for much of the human evil in the world with best-selling books like The End of Faith by Sam Harris, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens in the cross hairs. His real gripe is not as much with their mistreatment of religion (although he notes this) but with their mistreatment of science. In addition to these overtly anti-religion books, Aczel also addresses claims against the existence of God made in a number of books with a more specifically scientific focus such as Lawrence Krauss’s recent book A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing.