What would happen if you faced
your doubts, set aside your preconceptions, and decided to follow the path of
truth wherever it might lead? Most people, whether believers or atheists,
doggedly defend what they have always believed. Many see this as an expression
of faith. Yet, there is something almost inexpressibly sad about the plight of
people living out their lives in reliance upon beliefs they dare not question.
Perhaps that is why many of us come to a point at which we feel compelled to
pursue the truth, no matter what the implications. But even if we found the
courage to embark upon such a journey, could we really find a path through the
scientific, philosophical, experiential, and theological thickets that surround
the great questions of life? And if we did, would we know the truth and be set
free? Would we be forced to face a long-feared despair? Or would we find
ourselves still staring impotently at an enigmatic universe? This is a book
unlike any other. It addresses these questions with unflinching honesty, drawing
evidence from a diversity of scientific fields and subjecting the competing
arguments to rigorous skeptical analysis.
Crispin is a distinguished Australian lawyer and former superior court judge. He
is currently the Commissioner for Standards for the Australian Capital Territory
and a member of the board of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.
His other books include The
Quest for Justice