Science, Chance, and Providence (1978) by Donald MacKay



My degMacKay.Providenceree from the University of Washington (BA, ’81) is in history with a special focus on the history of science. While attending the UW I was also employed as a youth pastor in a semi-fundamentalist church in Seattle. Consequently, the conflicts between science and faith, reason and revelation were topics of both great interest and great consternation. In the midst of my studies I discovered the wonderful little Intervar
sity Press book called, A Clockwork Image by theistic scientist Donald MacKay. During those years of cognitive dissonance, I found that book of tremendous help.

Later, when in graduate theological school at Regent College, (MCS, ’85) I found another delightful title by MacKay in the school library called, Science, Chance, and Providence. It was a small and densely written book which I never finished reading. I told myself to buy a copy someday and plow through it. This was the early ‘80s before the days of Amazon or Google but in the late 1990s I tracked down a copy on line for the astonishing price of $100. I wanted it badly, but not for $100 (especially for a book of only 64 pages). Recently I tried another Amazon search and to my delight found a copy for less than $5. So now, after decades of waiting, I am happy to summarize Science, Chance, and Providence for my (and your) reading pleasure, thus saving you $5 (or $100, depending on what decade you live in).

Click the link below to get my 9 page summary of this book.



Free Book: The Quantum Couple: Marriage Myths Compared to Science Facts


Quantum Couple.coverThe Quantum Couple Click link for free ebook.

In 2008 I began to list ways science and marriage overlap. I planned to write a 60,000 word humor book entitled, The Quantum Couple: Marriage Myths Compared to Science Facts. My purpose was to help pre-married (and married?) couples view their marriage as a laboratory and themselves as scientists.

After 7400 words I pooped out. My enthusiasm for this project has waned and I have neither the time or inclination to finish. Instead of trashing the manuscript however I thought I’d make available what I’ve done and show this unfinished ebook the light of day.

From the back cover:

About the author

Erik Johnson is a marriage counselor and mediator specializing in family conflict resolution. He practices in Bellingham, Washington. His hobbies include writing, cartooning, and helping couples understand that a failure to grasp anti-matter and dark matter doesn’t really matter. But getting along with one’s partner does.

He invites couples to put on their white lab coats, fire up their energy particle accelerators (everyone has a super collider, right?), and enter the wild and wooly world of quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and human relationships!

Research marriage bonds! See marriage is a laboratory! Split the atom!

Or at least pick up your socks.


Forgive and Forget by Lewis Smedes


Forgive and Forget.Smedes. Click link for nine page summary.

Smedes forgive coverAlthough this book is an oldie, it’s a golden oldie. There are hundreds of books on the subject of forgiveness but none of them (to my knowledge) summarize the topic as well as Smedes. The best books on forgiveness cite Smedes as a seminal thinker in this field. As a marriage and family therapist I hear many stories of horrific evils either committed by or committed against family and friends. We’ve got three choices when this happens: invent a time machine and go back in history and undo the deed (impossible), hold a grudge and risk the poison of bitterness (unhealthy), or work toward forgiveness (hard but liberating). This was the option chosen by MLK, Tutu, Mandela, Ellie Weizel, and others. Smedes gives us pointers on how to do it. I’ll be happy if this summary whets your appetite to read the whole book.