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Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos

Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos

In ways both confident and gentle, Stars Beneath Us brilliantly shows God’s presence in the ever-evolving cosmos. Relying on his upbringing as a Baptist, his doctoral work in experimental nuclear physics and gamma-ray astronomy, and his ordination to the gospel ministry in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Paul Wallace weaves a book unlike any other in faith and science literature. Instead of engaging the debates of natural theology or proofs for the existence of God, this is a call to courage for those who fear a true encounter with the cosmos will distance them from God.
With a winsome mix of compelling personal narrative and insightful biblical analysis, the author calls into perspective the scale of the cosmos and our place within it. Relying on a theology of openness to the world, Stars Beneath Us will inspire readers to engage with the natural world in new ways and find God, as it turns out, everywhere.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506401416
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401423
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 168
  • Publication Date March 1, 2016


“Paul Wallace is an astrophysicist who writes with magic, seamlessly blending story and theory, biblical texts and scientific concepts. This book will make you think. But also make you laugh. It will not only scratch an intellectual itch in your mind, but will touch your heart, connecting faith and reason in a way you’ll actually enjoy—even call fun.”  
Andrew Root
Professor at Luther Seminary and author of The Relational Pastor
“Just as surely as atheism follows conventional theism for many people who face the realities of science and the agonies of life, a new kind of faith and a new vision of God can arise from the ashes of a lost and discredited belief. Paul Wallace tells his story of such a loss and recovery in a way that encouraged and inspired me and I believe will do the same for you.”
Brian D. McLaren
Author, speaker, and activist (
“Paul Wallace’s Stars Beneath Us appeals to Christians, intellectuals, and those who identify as both. To enter Wallace’s book is to be swept up in his quirky, astute, big-hearted way of striving towards mystery, both upon this planet and beyond. This is the only religion-and-science book I have ever devoured in one sitting.”
Sharon Stephenson
Professor of Physics, Gettysburg College

Stars Beneath Us by Paul Wallace will be of great help to many who are eager to reconcile religion and science but who, in C. S. Lewis's words, ‘find their intellect getting in the way.’ This book is likely to challenge believers who prefer to safeguard their faith from the findings of science and will encourage scientifically minded people who find themselves alienated by conventional religious beliefs.”
Julie Pennington-Russell Pastor, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC
"If you’re tired of debates that pit the Bible against science or bored of arguments over the compatibility between Genesis and evolution—and yet remain convinced that we have much yet to learn about the positive relationship between science and faith—Paul Wallace’s Stars Beneath Us is the next book for you to read. As a scientist, a theologian, and an educator, he is just the one we need to remind us just how interesting the conversation between science and faith can be.”
David Wood
Glencoe Union Church, senior minister