A Catholic's Guide to God and the Universe

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Publication date: November 5, 2021

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Was creation a fantastic series of actions by God that long ago set the universe in motion? Or is creation an eternal flowing forth from God that even now causes all things to exist?

Christopher Baglow, director of the Science and Religion Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, writes from within the deep well of Catholic tradition and his personal love of both science and faith to provide probing yet lively and often-humorous answers to the foundational questions of human existence.

Christian doctrine sees creation not as a one-time event but rather as an eternal outpouring of divine merciful love. In Creation: A Catholic’s Guide to God and the Universe, Baglow explores how the doctrine of creation addresses the why of the universe, making it perfectly open to science, which helps us to answer how the universe came to be and continues to exist. He weaves the lessons of scripture, the Church’s long tradition of scientific inquiry and theological development, and cultural icons such as Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the inhabitants of C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series to create a concise and spirited guide for Catholics wanting to better understand the doctrine of creation without abandoning what science teaches us.

Baglow helps to neutralize the unnecessary conflict between faith and science that often runs rampant among people of faith. He provides an excellent guide for curious Catholics, and an expert resource for teachers in Catholic schools, parish leaders, campus ministers, and RCIA teams, helping those exploring foundational questions of faith dive into the meaning of creation and what it tells us about who God is, who we are, and how we are to live.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646801077

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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Books in the Engaging Catholicism series from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame help readers discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith through a concise exploration of the Church’s most important but often difficult-to-grasp doctrines as well as crucial pastoral and spiritual practices.

  • “Refreshing and spiritually rich.”

    “I don't know anyone today writing on God, religion, and science with a more winsome, accessible, refreshing, and theologically rich perspective than Christopher Baglow.”

    Brandon Vogt
    Senior content editor at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

  • “Reasoned, authentic, and uplifting.”

    “A reasoned, authentic, and uplifting description of the destiny awaiting each human being as a product of the cosmos and of God's infinite love for his creation.”

    Jonathan Lunine
    Vice president of the Society of Catholic Scientists

  • “A gift for modern Catholics.”

    “With clarity, ease, and beauty, Christopher Baglow composes a gift for modern Catholics: the dazzling wonder of the fullness of truth.”

    Aimee Boudreaux MacIver
    Catholic author and high school teacher

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