THE GOD OF SCIENCE, by Frederick E. Trinklein; W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1972; 192 pp., $3.45 (paper).
Trinklein is more the editor of this book than the author. He made it his business to ‘talk with thirty-eight leading scientists in the Western world to gain their views on the relation of science and religion. The book is almost entirely direct quotes from the scientists, only occasionally interspersed with remarks of the author. He discussed with these scientists almost every subject that concerns the relation of science and religion: What is the proper role of science? Can science and religion be harmonized? What do scientists believe concerning God, creation, Christ, miracles, salvation, etc.? What is the attitude of scientists towards the Church? What role does the Church play in this modern scientific age? Etc.
The fact that direct quotes are given makes this book a very interesting and enlightening one. Sometimes some of the scientists come through in all their arrogance and speak openly of their agnosticism, of their distrust of religion and .of their scorn of the Church. Sometimes their attitude towards the Scriptures and the truth of God is shown in stark clarity. There are some scientists however, who are more .religious and some who could perhaps be called evangelical. There are some who see a role for the Church, although generally it is quite far removed from the role which Scripture gives.
If one wants to hear from the mouth of scientists themselves what is current thinking in these areas, one should read this book. It is easy reading on the whole, and can be read with profit by teachers and laymen alike. It is recommended reading to all who are interested in hearing from the lips of scientists themselves how far they have strayed from the truth of the Word, of God. It is helpful to understand the “mind” of science in this “scientific age.”
UNTIL YOU BLESS ME, by David Redding; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1972; 96 pp., $1.50 (paper).
The book contains a number of prayers written in free verse. The poetry is, in this reviewer’s opinion, bad and the prayers are unscriptural in many parts.