SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God

Tyndale Momentum. Oct. 2019. 240p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781496438072. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9781496438102. REL
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Humans are born with deep longings and questions about meaning and purpose. We often look to the brightest among us to bring clarity to our toughest queries. Albert Einstein (1879–1955), while an authority on science, was also frequently approached for insight into life’s ultimate significance and value. McGrath (science, religion, Oxford Univ.) looks seriously at Einstein’s views, providing an overview of his achievements followed by a critique of his beliefs on God and the nature of reality. McGrath does not offer much in the way of revelatory findings; there are no major surprises here. As many likely know, Einstein did not believe in a personal God, as is witnessed in the Judeo-Christian religions. He did, however, conceive of the universe as profoundly rational and maintained always that there lay something deep and mysterious behind that rationality.
VERDICT The broad range of topics that interested Einstein, combined with his sharp knowledge, continue to capture the public’s fascination. This latest study of this world figure is recommended for readers seeking more narrative than equations in discovering the life of one of the greatest scientists to ever live.

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