Calculating God is the first science fiction book we are aware of to engage ID theory head on. Young earth creationists will no doubt be up in arms that they are cast as the villians (although the extreme YECs protrayed in the novel don’t depict any YECs we know…and hey everyone gets their turn as the villian in the scifi world), but we think you will be pleasantly surprised to find out who is cast as the ID supporters. Its obvious author Robert Sawyer has done his homework in both ID Theory and paleontology and you will find arguments from Stehpen J. Gould and Michael Behe bantied around like a pro.
Calculating God is the new near-future SF thriller from the popular and award-winning Robert J. Sawyer. An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges, who says, in perfect English, “Take me to a paleontologist.” It seems that Earth, and the alien’s home planet, and the home planet of another alien species traveling on the alien mother ship, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at about the same time (one example of these “cataclysmic events” would be the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e. he’s obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets.
From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, and morally and intellectually challenging, SF story that just grows larger and larger in scope. The evidence of God’s universal existence is not universally well received on Earth, nor even immediately believed. And it reveals nothing of God’s nature. In fact. it poses more questions than it answers.
When a supernova explodes out in the galaxy but close enough to wipe out life on all three home-worlds, the big question is, Will God intervene or is this the sixth cataclysm?
Calculating God is SF on the grand scale. If you have an avid scifi friend you want to introduce to ID theory. This book is the best place to start. Just be prepared to deal with tar-baby it may birth.
Calculating God is available from Amazon.com