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Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science

Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science

Like many Americans, Paul Wallace grew up as a church-going Christian. Also like many, he lost his faith when he started taking science classes in college. He just didn't see how the rigorous method demanded by science could coexist with the belief in things unseen required by Christianity. But, as a working astrophysicist, he started to wonder if he'd gotten something wrong. Slowly and deliberately, he investigated the claims of Christianity, while also acknowledging that science, too, has limits. Ultimately, he came back to Christianity.

In Love and Quasars, Wallace shows how faith and science are pitted against one another, and he explains how the standard ways of reconciling them don't work. He then proposes a reasonable, thoughtful approach that will appeal to Christians and students of science alike. Readable and wise, Love and Quasars is an indispensable resource for people who wonder if faith and science can coexist.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506448435
  • eBook ISBN 9781506448442
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 150
  • Publication Date October 1, 2019


"In  Love and Quasars , Paul Wallace does what he does best: offer absolute fidelity to the sciences while speaking authentically to people of faith."
—Mike McHargue, cofounder of  The Liturgists , host of  Ask Science Mike , and author of  Finding God in the Waves
"Paul Wallace writes on the difficult topics of faith and science with wit, ease, and a good dose of entertaining stories. If you're a person who wrestles with the big questions of the world, this book will remind you that you're not alone and that love is always the force that guides us home.  Love and Quasars  is a must-read, and Paul Wallace is a leading voice we need to hear in the Christian faith as we navigate our way through these difficult questions of how faith and science coexist in our world."
—Kaitlin Curtice, Potawatomi author and speaker
"Clear, funny, and insightful--Wallace opens up the transcendent quality of love as much as he takes you into the mystery of the universe."
—Andrew Root, author of  Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in an Age of Science  and  The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need a God
"This is the book I have waited years for someone to write. And Paul Wallace is the perfect person to have written it. As an astrophysicist, Wallace has an incredible ability to help people understand complex issues of science and faith. This book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking insightful new ways to engage both faith and science, and have a lot of fun doing so."
—Doug Pagitt, pastor, radio show host, and author of  Outdoing Jesus: Seven Ways to Live the Promise of Greater Than
"Paul Wallace's book offers a crowded marketplace something new and important. While beautifully communicating complex science, Wallace interweaves his own story through seasons of faith and doubt. With candor, he leads us to his own liberating vantage point as a Christian and scientist: the necessity of wonder. Deftly dealing with uncertainty and human experience, he dusts off the place of love in the study of science and religion as part of the glorious project of being alive. In  Love and Quasars , Paul Wallace has given us a pearl of great price."
—Gillian Straine, physicist, theologian, and author of  Introducing Science and Religion
"Reading Paul Wallace's book  Love and Quasars  will be a wonderful pleasure for anyone interested in the convergence of science and faith. Wallace is a world-class scientist who abandoned his faith for a significant period of time but rediscovered it through the mystery of life itself. I loved reading this book because I love science and theology. Wallace writes with passion, creativity, and wonder. I had this sense that God was delighted with this book the whole time I was reading it."
—Mike King, president/CEO of Youthfront