By William Markiewicz

In this book, the author, Paul Davies, in a coherent and quite interesting way, explains how the universe was created and functions. But the author has one more aim; he not only tries to answer 'how' things happened, but also, 'why.' In this, the book steps out of the scientific field because the question 'why' touches more on philosophy. The author's goal is to show how, at every level, nature's universal laws preserve the possibility of life. I have reached the middle of the book, even though I'm not mathematically nor philosophically prepared to follow its track. Up to now, the author implies that there is a method in the universal proceedings. Almost at the book's start, he shows how science little by little demotes God from the position of Good Shepherd. But the concept of a God as the Architect of the Universe is more difficult for science to discard. Something makes me think that the author suspects the presence of Intelligent Design because other orders of things could make the universe function -- with only one difference – there could be no life. It's a fascinating concept but a God who oversees everything without taking care of the particular eliminates all necessity of religion, of preoccupations about God existing or not, of ethics -- which in this case would have to do more with the social order or empathy than with some superior deistic morality. It remains a matter of intellectual curiosity with no particular moral duty attached to it. As the German pastor killed by the Nazis said : "With or without God we live without God."

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