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What the Message from Space Is Telling Us About God

Paperback available, 393 pages, 98 photos. Reviews

Book CoverShow Me God is a rare chance to hear about the latest space discoveries from the discoverers themselves—and to learn how their findings affect life’s big questions. With the help of today’s foremost astronomers and cosmologists, Fred Heeren examines how their discoveries affect the big questions about creation, the fine-tuning of the universe, the likelihood of extraterrestrials, why we're here, and the nature of God. In interviews for this book:

  • Stephen Hawking explains how God relates to his no-boundary proposal of spacetime (and the anthropic principle).
  • Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson describe how their Nobel prize-winning discovery led them away from their belief in an eternal universe to believing that the universe was created.
  • George Smoot tells how his discovery of cosmic ripples with NASA's COBE satellite points not just to a haphazard big bang, but to a “finely orchestrated” creation event.
  • Alan Guth, father of the inflationary big bang theory, speaks of the “fine-tuning” of the universe.
  • John Mather (COBE satellite chief scientist) shows how science is still at a loss to explain how the universe could come out of nothing in any natural way.
  • Charles Steidel describes how his team of astronomers discovered the time when galaxies formed.
  • Princeton's Jeremiah Ostriker explains why so many now believe in multiple universes.
  • Robert Jastrow (director of the Mt. Wilson Observatory) tells of “the most interesting result in all of science.”
  • Fred Heeren ties together all the evidence to come up with what he calls “the IIP God.”

George Smoot tells the author why he called his discovery “fingerprints from the Maker.”

Charles Steidel describes how his team found the time when galaxies were forming — and before.

Robert Jastrow explains how the scientific enterprise comes to a sudden and unexpected halt at the very beginning of the universe.

Fred Heeren (here speaking on God and cosmology to the Chicago Astronomical Society) brings the latest space results down to earth for general readers and science buffs alike.



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Cosmic Pursuit brings the latest scientific findings down to earth for everyone, showing how new discoveries relate to the big questions we all ask. What can we really know about how the universe and life began? Is there any evidence for God? For extraterrestrials? In interviews, articles and debates, the magazine brings together today’s top scientists and science writers to argue about the big questions. The current issue features a debate on the cosmological evidence for God’s existence between science writer Fred Heeren and U. of C. physicist Bernard Leikind.

Also in this issue: Cambridge-educated scientist Steven C. Meyer explores the new questions raised by origin-of-life research.


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—Fred Heeren Interviews Today’s Top Space Scientists

30-minute video, VHS

This is the first video to bring together top space scientists to talk about how their latest discoveries relate to the subject of God. Though none of these scientists publicly take a religious position themselves, they openly speak of the "glaring mystery" behind the "fine-tuning" of the universe for life's benefit, and of the creation event as a "curiously theological result to come out of science."

In his quest to get to the bottom of life's biggest questions, science writer Fred Heeren interviews:

Robert Jastrow, Ph.D. —Founder of NASA's Goddard Institute, Director of Mt. Wilson Institute

George Smoot, Ph.D. —head of the NASA COBE satellite team that discovered cosmic "seeds" for our universe

Chuck Steidel, Ph.D. —head of the team of astronomers that recently discovered primeval galaxies

Mark Davis, Ph.D. —Principal Investigator, Large Scale Structure of the Universe; Astronomer, U.C. Berkeley

And others.

Fred Heeren breaks up some of the heavier questions to the scientists with more humorous ones to people on the street, showing how many commonly-held assumptions about an "accidental" universe now contradict plain facts.

Scenes from the video

George Smoot and Fred Heeren argue over whether the “cosmic seeds” Smoot discovered look more like a yin-yang symbol or a Big Mac.
U.C. Berkeley astronomer Marc Davis (principal investigator of universe’s large scale structure) describes how the universe’s expansion rate was fine-tuned at the beginning to one part in 1060.

Robert Jastrow tells of “a curiously
theological result to come out of science.”

The world’s only cosmic reporter is also the world’s first dancing cosmologist, here showing a bookstore crowd how extraterrestrials may communicate.




The Adventures of Leon the Cynic: Three 20-minute dramas in one audiocassette, telling the comic story of a lodge of cynics trying to find one clear thinker still living in their generation. They find Michael Faraday. Packed with both information and drama, this is the first-ever science-oriented-historical-comedy- drama-call-in-game-show.

The cast from the audiocassette

The Adventures of Leon the Cynic:

The cast unearths “The Book of the Embarrassed” from beneath an ancient parking lot.

Paper about "top-down evolution"

in the journal Evolution and Cognition:

"Was the First Craniate on the Road to Cognition?"


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