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Has Science Made God Unnecessary?

Has Science Made God Unnecessary?

Ransom Poythress
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There is a widespread assumption that there is no space for God in science, and no space for science in Christianity. This book addresses the question of whether the search for answers excludes belief in a Deity. Ransom Poythress’ logical and well–reasoned look at the common arguments will be a fascinating read for any with a genuine interest in pursuing truth.



Contents include:

Introduction: Understanding the Question

The Conflict Thesis

God of the Gaps Arguments

Behind the Curtain of Science, Part I: Objectivity and Truth

Behind the Curtain of Science, Part II: Materialist Assumptions

Behind the Curtain of Science, Part III: Materialist Limitations

Behind the Curtain of Science, Part IV: What’s Actually Necessary for Science

Behind the Curtain of Science, Part V: Scientific Laws

Behind the Curtain of Science, Part VI: Supernatural Assumptions and a Christian Philosophical Foundation for Science


Evidence: What Does It Look Like?

Big Bang and Fine–Tuning

Origin of Life

Evolution: The Big Picture

Evolution: Darwin’s Defenders


Appendix: Additional Resources


Each chapter includes a summary of the main points covered.


The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered is a Christian apologetics series which addresses ten commonly asked questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity. Each book, while easy to read, is challenging and thought–provoking, dealing with subjects ranging from hell to science. A good read whatever your present opinions. 

Ransom Poythress

About Ransom Poythress

Ransom H. Poythress holds a B.S. from Caltech, M.A. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Boston University (Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry). He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Biology at Houghton College in Houghton, New York where he lives with his wife Lisbeth and their two boys.


  • Author: Ransom Poythress
  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527107731
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Bible Study > Theology > General
  • Series: The Big Ten


Ransom Poythress is both an accomplished biologist and a knowledgeable biblical scholar. His commitment is to both the craft of science and the awareness of the reasons people throw up objections to its compatibility with Christian faith. He writes in a sympathetic, non–combative manner which ought to disarm all but the most obdurate sceptic. A must read by anyone concerned with the so–called science–vs–religion controversy.

William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Through the use of simple yet powerful analogies, an easygoing pace, and excellent references for those who want to dig deeper, Poythress reaches any interested reader with an answer that affirms Christianity while respecting and encouraging the proper roles of science.  This is a great book for any youth group, college class, or seeker to think through.

John A. Bloom, Professor of Physics & Director of the MA, Science and Religion program, Biola University, La Mirada, California and author of The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide
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