Robert Sawyer, the avowed and usually stridently atheistic author, reverses his previous position and writes a book proving that a theory of “intelligent creation” is not incompatible with a belief in evolution and science … a position I have always held.
I know that today’s political climate demands you take one side or the other, but I have never felt that the two positions were inherently antithetical. And so, reversing his position 180 degrees, Sawyer puts forth a fine case for intelligent creation.
I would have given it five stars, but the end of the book seemed to come out of left field and didn’t feel like it “fit” with the rest of the story. I’m picky, so maybe it won’t bother you.
Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. It’s more of a personal essay than science fiction story, much more so than any of Sawyer’s other books, but I enjoyed his logic, reasoning, they way he built his case, and his characters — human and alien.
Make sure to listen to the author’s introduction. It explains a lot about the book. Sawyer is very good about explaining his process. If you are a writer, it is illuminating.
No matter which side of the God-Versus-Science you are on, this is a thought-provoking and well-written book. Agree or disagree, it’s worth your time!