Michael Dennin ~ 05/12/17 ~ Experiencer’s Path ~ Aquarian Radio ~ Hosts Janet, Karen, John

Michael Dennin ~ 05/12/17 ~ Experiencer’s Path ~ Aquarian Radio, 8 to 10 PM Eastern time ~ Hosts Janet Kira Lessin, Karen Christine Patrick & John Polk on (www.blogtalkradio.com/aquarianradio). 

Professor Dennin has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCI since 1997, and is now the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the dynamics of foams and modeling of ice mélange in fjords. He has won numerous awards for research and teaching, and is passionate about public outreach in the area of science –including co-teaching an open course based on the AMC television program The Walking Dead. He has appeared on numerous television programs – including Science of Superman, Spider-man Tech, Batman Tech, Star Wars Tech, and Ancient Aliens. You can find Prof. Dennin in the YouTube series Fascinating Fights (http://bit.ly/1GDKVex) debating the outcome of battles between pop icons. Recently, he published a science outreach book on the intersection between science and faith: Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith, from Franciscan Media.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/profDenninMichael

Twitter: @DenninMichael

Fascinating Fights: all two seasons at http://www.fascinatingfights.com/

Be sure to pick up a copy of his latest book, Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith at AMAZON.COM

Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith Paperback – October 2, 2015

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An honest search for Truth
By Kathleen Morning

redon November 4, 2015
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When the warring rhetoric of two sides leads to mutual selective deafness, the truth is usually what neither side wants to hear. Michael Dennin’s story of his search for truth can provide for those who want it further opportunity for a peaceful collaborative journey. I enjoyed reading his book. — Duane Morningred
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a must read.
ByJ. Harperon March 20, 2017
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Great book. Fantastic author. Pick this one up to read and to give as a gift to friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
BySusan LeMayon October 23, 2015
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Great book filled with wonderful insight. Makes me look at things in a whole new light.
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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
ByAmazon Customeron May 6, 2016
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Good.
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3.0 out of 5 starsThree Stars
By Ricardoon March 1, 2016
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very insightful so far as I continue to read it during my spare time. Ric
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5.0 out of 5 starsShowing how Science Can Inform Faith, and Faith Science
ByJanet PerryVINE VOICEon December 30, 2015
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You’ve seen the debates about religion and science. The two guys talk at each other, but it isn’t really a debate or conversation — it’s a dialogue of the deaf with each side stating the position but not actually engaging or answering the other side.

For those, like Dennin, who are both scientists and believers — it’s frustrating. In this book he contends that the way for both sides. to move beyond this is to have a conversation. This can be done by looking at how the findings of science can inform our understanding of God and by looking at how religion can supply answers for those things outside the realm of science.

It’s a compelling idea. He begins with the notion of God, not the white-robed figure of our imagination but God as the fullness of reality. He shows in chapters focusing on scientific as well as religious issues how both sides in this debate can increase our understanding of God.

Dennin is well known as a popularizer of science as well as a physics professor and researcher. He brings that experience to bear in this book, although it is somewhat more technical than the average popularization. He also draws on his wide reading of philosophers and religious figures, particularly St. Augustine. This makes the book harder to read than you might think, but the ideas and issues he’s considering are not always easy to grasp.

Even so, they are important. Important not just to how we see the world, but to how we live our lives. I loved that he contended with these hard issues (free will, quantum mechanics, etc.) but gave me wonderful insights that made me think not just about my own ideas about science but also about my faith.

I loved that more than other books on the subject, Dennin is open about his Catholic Faith, its role in his life, and how it influences his understanding of the world.

In a world where scientists who do not have any faith increasingly trumpet their opinions on metaphysics with no basis to do so, it’s so refreshing to find such a reasoned and reasonable contribution from a man of both science and faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Scripture, Theology, Philosophy, Science – Understanding Reality
ByUpstate New York Readeron January 5, 2016
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Rarely, if ever, have I run across an author that accepts scripture and science at face value, as equal partners in discovering truth. The author has no problem in stating that he sees himself as a “cradle Catholic”; more importantly, at least to this reader, his faith in the Grace of God is his own. At the same time, the author makes it clear that as a tenured member of the University of California-Irvine Department of Physics, he is a scientist. He takes his faith seriously; he takes science seriously.

Too often, these kind of statements are made so that the speaker can join the discussion, though the statements are made lightly. But as the reader makes his way through this book, it becomes clear that Dr. Dennin attempts to make both of these foci key parts of his decision making. Though I do not agree with all of his conclusions, I do appreciate his attempts to weave his faith together with his science to make a single coherent world view. Something most writers find hard to do.

Using a combination of Scripture, Theology, Philosophy, and Science, the author seeks to discover the “fullness of reality” as God intended it to be seen – giving a fuller view than would be possible if we relied on one or the other alone.

I do appreciate the work that Michael Deninn is attempting to do. I remember the job interview I had at a Midwest Christian College. I was told up front that I would be fired if I in any way supported creation (note, my field was Computer Science). The author does not support a seven-day creation approach, but, at the same time, he has no problem acknowledging God’s presence and work in the creation event. Early in the book, he quotes an undergraduate faculty member addressing the Creation story:

“That story may be factually false, but it is a myth. And a myth can convey truths that are more important, more salient, and more applicable than any fact that you might encounter. That story is better than factual, it is truthful.”

The author accepts scripture at face value, recognizing that it represents different authors, with differing backgrounds, and written using different genres. Each of these truths serves as the foundation for good exegesis – and means that he takes not only his faith seriously, but also the scriptures.

The reader may not accept all of the conclusions that come from the author (as I said earlier, this reader does not), but the author and this book do deserve a careful reading by both the theologian and the believing scientist.
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In the interest of openness, I should point out that this review is written by an ordained Protestant pastor who spent 24 years in the college classroom teaching Computer Science. The review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

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