|About the Book|
That religious belief and scientific knowledge are at odds in this technological age cannot be disputed. The consequences of that schism have been explained in many books on the topic, but almost invariably from the viewpoint of the theologian (orMoreThat religious belief and scientific knowledge are at odds in this technological age cannot be disputed. The consequences of that schism have been explained in many books on the topic, but almost invariably from the viewpoint of the theologian (or athiest) rather than the scientist. To be an expert in both fields of study is nearly impossible. However, Patrick O’Shaughnessy combines decades of experience in the fields of engineering and public health with a lifelong commitment to Christianity to masterfully analyze the most difficult religious questions with the rational mindset of a scientist. His unique training allows him to be both an advocate for, and a critic of, that religion as he searches in every corner for the God he once knew, but who now is only a remote, intangible figure in his life.Graceful Logic describes a personal journey, but it is one that is now all too common as Christians today grapple with the stark contrast between belief in an unproven God and knowledge of tangible facts that science derives from rigorous testing and analysis. In this two-part book, O’Shaughnessy begins the hopeful task of rediscovering the God he once loved with an assessment of the meaning of important Christian concepts such as grace, heaven, and prayer. In that process, he intertwines an explanation of the basic elements of the modern scientific approach to the discovery of new knowledge with the fundamental aspects of these religious concepts in a way that demonstrates the common bonds between them.As his journey continues, O’Shaughnessy relies on the wisdom of numerous theologians and philosophers from the past and present – Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis, Jacob Needleman, Karen Armstrong, Paul Tillich, and many others – to help formulate an answer to his basic question: What is left when God abandons you? Graceful Logic offers a solution to that predicament, but more importantly provides the reader with an awareness of the many aspects of this complex question to formulate their own logical assessment of their connection to God.