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Does this Prove Divine Existence?

  • Mar 5, 2009
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An alien named Hollus comes to earth with a bunch of other aliens to do research. Hollus ends up at a museum in Toronto and meets up with Tom Jericho, a paleontologist. Hollus tells Tom that in all worlds including his own, there have been mass extinctions at different times of history that seem to coincide by date. It so happens they match earth's extinctions.

 

While Hollus starts doing research with Tom, Hollus makes the statement that G-d exists and it is an obvious fact. The two get into a big debate for which Hollus keeps offering obvious proof that too many things have happened that had to be the work of a calculating individual and not by chance. People who love scientific theory would love some of these discussions. Many of the things discussed I was not aware of.

 

Meanwhile Tom is dealing with his own mortality because he has just about a year to live before cancer takes him. This makes for an interesting twist because someone who knows they will meet their maker soon should be excited to know that their maker in fact exists and that there is a real chance for an afterlife. Even with all the evidence thrown at him Tom seem to not believe.

 

The book is entertaining through most of the way and a little humorous when Hollus comes to Tom's house for dinner.

 

There is a real heart wrenching part of the book where Tom has to tell his 6 year old son that he will die soon.

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review by . June 27, 2010
Let me first start by pointing out that I am an atheist and do not believe in god at all. When I picked up this book out of curiosity over the title and it being the sci-fi section, I was not expecting it would be my type of book. Fortunately I took a chance and bought it and greatly enjoyed it.      The main protagonist of the story is a man who works at a museum as head paleontologist. He is an atheist, has a wife and a son, and is pretty normal overall. One day though aliens …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Best of the best. Good Toronto-based fiction. Tackles dangerous new ground. Great for believers and skeptics alike. Don't put this down. Proves my point: atheists make better questions (beginnings) than the indoctrinated, but have (of course) less satisfying answers (endings).
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