Book Reviews by Stephen P. Smith, Ph.D. (Part V)

Review of Ursula King’s Book by Stephen P. Smith: The Book of Secrets: Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies throughout the Ages

Abstract: Technology offers the attraction for hot new inventions, and these can even seduce our nature into accepting change for changes's sake. And confronted with secular pretense and it is easy to miss the subtleness of mystical experience altogether. Ursula King's "The Christian Mystics" provides an account of this other activity that is possible to miss. The alternative activity cannot be dismissed easily seeing that King catalogues the life of numerous mystics, from early Christians (e.g., Clement of Alexandria, Origen) to those contemporary mystics (e.g., Simone Weil, Thomas Merton). See:

Review of Paul Davies’ Book by Stephen P. Smith: Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life

Abstract: As I agree with Davies remarkable conclusions, despite our disagreements, his book is very worth reading in my most critical opinion. Remember, our felt tension returns value to science. See:

Review of William A. Dembski’s Book by Stephen P. Smith: Intelligent Design: The Bridge between Science & Theology

Abstract: Dembski's treatment is less about the mechanism of a grand scale design by a supreme deity, and more about the specification of signs that are discovered to hold intelligent causes. Described this way, intelligent design is an open scientific question. I was pleasantly surprises to see this controversial topic couched this way. See:

Review of Harold J. Morowitz’s Book by Stephen P. Smith: The Emergence of Everything: How the World Became Complex

Abstract: Motowitz's book outlines 28 examples of said emergence, ranging from the making of our nonuniform universe, the emergence of stars and the elements of the periodic table, the solar system, planetary structures, universal metabolism, prokaryotic life, eukaryotic life, multicellular organisms, animals, humans, mind, philosophy and spirituality. See:

Review of Alexandra Bruce’s Book by Stephen P. Smith: Beyond the Bleep: The Definitive Unauthorized Guide to What the Bleep Do We Know!?

Abstract: The film "What the Bleep do We Know", left me a little disappointed. The claims were outlandish, and I was left somewhat skeptical. But while the film has its weak points, this little book by Alexandra Bruce shines brightly.