“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well”(Ps. 139:14). I came to have a greater appreciation for this verse after I read Dr. Richard Swenson’s volume.
The author, a medical doctor, provides a fascinating explanation of the phenomenal interworking of our bodies. From there, he turns to physics. He shows how a proper study of energy, force, light, and time glorifies God’s greatness in His continually sustaining creation.
The author explains in clear, precise terms how our bodily systems operate. Through chapters on the nervous system, the circulatory system, and the respiratory system, he provides a look into the complex workings of the inner body. The important interplay between these systems, even down to minute structures within each system, is fascinating.
His chapter on “The Cell, Genes and DNA” provides current information regarding the biochemical complexity of DNA. With today’s technology, scientists continue to find smaller and smaller components. He voices great concern regarding a number of frontiers such as cloning, stem-cell manipulation, and gene-cell manipulation. These issues have great importance as scientists continue to explore.
In his discussion of physics he explains the discovery of the four forces that God created to govern every aspect of His creation. He next turns to the impact that Einstein’s relativity and quantum mechanics have had on Newtonian physics and on our understanding of the world.
The vastness of space from stars and galaxies to black holes and wormholes are explained in a manner that humbles the reader, even a non-scientific reader like myself. God’s hand is creative and His plan is all-wise.
The book is well-researched. The author utilizes numerous scientific data to illustrate the impressiveness and meticulousness of God’s creation, whether it be a tiny cell in the depths of a body or a distant star light years from earth.
This is an excellent volume for Christians who are scientifically illiterate. Too often we steer clear of such books in our love for history or the arts. However, this work provides a wide-ranging, breathtaking look at God’s creation in an engaging format. Of course, it is also important reading for students of science. Too much research is conducted in a Godless context and with the view that the body is just a machine. The author shows that only God could have created the body and every other part of the universe. We dare not think in the neutral zone as we look at our own skin or gaze upon the clouds. All of creation is fascinating and continues to declare God’s glory and handiwork. This is fantastic reading!
- Byron Snapp
Byron Snapp is a graduate of King College (B.A.) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He was Associate Pastor at Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hampton, Virginia, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2014. He is a native of Marion, Virginia. He has had pastorates in Leakesville, Mississippi, and Gaffney, South Carolina. He served as Assistant Pastor in Cedar Bluff, Virginia prior to his ministry at Calvary Reformed. He has served as editor of the Presbyterian Witness and was a contributor to A Comprehensive Faith and Election Day Sermons. He is currently a member of Westminster Presbytery in the PCA. He and his wife Janey have 3 children and several grandchildren.