It was a passion of hers and one in which she shines. I highly recommend it to anyone who want to further research this topic. Sayers and those who have not yet met her. Science and the Mind of the Maker is available from , , and other online sources, including Kindle and iBooks. In support of this claim, Travis draws upon evidence from all across the scientific spectrum. She examines anew such ideas as the image of God, the Trinity, free will, and evil and in so doing, leads us to a wholly revitalized understanding of them.
Some of the material might be puzzling for non-scientific readers but she provides a list of key points at the end of each chapter. There's more of the like, but I'll let you read it. The premise of this book is that understanding God as Creator informs our own creative work. I also found some chapters far more compelling than others. None of these phenomena had to be the case, yet each is required both for habitability of the earth and for scientific discovery. . However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work.
For this he is to some extent excusable, seeing that, even if he published the facts, his public would inevitably distort them in the reading. She concentrates mainly on the writer-creator, since she herself is a writer. Very glad I own this one so that I can go back to it. It is, in part, an attempt to elucidate the nature of God and many of the questions that accompany belief in God, such as questions about evil, free will, and sin by way of metaphorical comparison to the act of writing. By contemplating the creative drive of humanity, we can better understand the works of God, and by reading deeply into the tenets of Christianity, we can better understand the creative spirit of man. Why does anything exist at all? Melissa sets her case through: finite universe fine tuning of the universe a world set up for life and science biochemical and biological design mathematics human nature and logic mind and other not material things A very well written book that I will read again in the future.
Some of these statements are historical, and with these the present book is not concerned. She writes on art, man, and God. She starts off in her intro with griping about the reading comprehension skills of those who disagreed with her previous essay - stating that it was not a matter of opinion, it was a statement of doctrine. There was not a single word or sentence from which a personal opinion could legitimately be deduced, and for all the article contained it might perfectly well have been written by a well-informed Zoroastrian. The postscript is a treatise against socialism, oddly enough. Sayers has much good to say and said it well, but her conception of God's sovereingty and the free will of men seems haphazard.
Travis takes a historical detour during chapter 4, exploring the respective faiths of Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Robert Boyle. A writer or artist has an idea in her head, then puts this idea on paper and then this piece of art is received by someone else. Granted, there is no hard scientific evidence available to prove that God exists and designed the universe. I love Sayers's writing and her approach to the Trinity intrigued me. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations.
The book helped me a great deal with difficult concepts. Her challenge was no small one — the temptation would be to err on the side of theology, and give the deeper scientific subjects only a passing glance. The implication of this was the natural tendency to identify this Maker through his creation. As either a scientist or a theologian, I found nothing significant to criticize in this book. That's a very good and, at times, a somewhat frustrating characteristic.
I'd been wanting to read this book for years, but was rather disappointed in the end. The author touches on sin, predestination and the Trinity ideas with the analogy of authorship. Why does anything exist at all? The Mind of the Maker will be relished by those already in love with Dorothy L. There was a beginning to the universe. Another prominent discovery in physics has been the precision required of fundamental constants and quantities in order to create a life-sustaining universe. To whatever degree any member or members of the Trinity are over- or under-represented, the work of art will correspondingly be weakened.
She starts off in her intro with griping about the reading comprehension skills of those who disagreed with her previous essay - stating that it was not a matter of opinion, it was a statement of doctrine. She spends a good deal of time refining and clarifying the meaning of these terms, and along the way has some incredible insights into the world in which we live. Overall, its a good book with lots of thoughtful observations, even if it does get to be a bit tedious. I recommend this book to Christians who are dismayed by the recent claims of atheists that science is disproving the existence of God. I love Sayers' use of analogy and her defense of analogy when speaking of it. Others are theological-which means that they claim to be statements of fact about the nature of God and the universe; and with a limited number of these I propose to deal.