|About the Book|
Christian faith, as the Bible itself suggests, is not solely a matter of response to external evidence- in the absence of a willingness to subordinate ones own will and desires to those of God, no evidence in support of the claims of God will be accepted, no matter how compelling it is. And we do not respond to Gods love primarily on the basis of scientific evidence, any more than we do to the love of other people. But Christian faith does assert some things to be objectively true about the nature of the universe- if those claims are to accepted, it is fair to expect that objective evidences, as far as we can observe, would be consistent with them. This is where Stoners book comes in.Though written by a scientist (a mathematician), the book is intended for a non-specialist audience, and provides a short, clearly-written summary of the evidence (up to that time- there have been further discoveries since, of course) that point to the existence of a creating and superintending Intelligence in the universe. (A particular strength of the book, drawn from Stoners mathematical background, is the use of probability theory to demonstrate that the likelihood of the production of the world as we know it by chance-guided evolution would be a statistical monstrosity.) There are more extensive (and more recent) treatments of the subject- and as I recall, Stoners case is more for theism itself than an examination of evidence for Christianity specifically. But with its limitations, it does provide a very basic, simple starting point for the Christian who wants to know more about the basis for faith, as well as for the searching nonbeliever who wants to objectively consider the evidence.