God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion


Summary

In GOD’S MECHANICS: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion, Brother Guy Consolmagno tells the stories of those who identify with the scientific mindset—so-called "techies"—while practicing religion. A full fledged techie himself, he relates some classic philosophical reflections, his interviews with dozens of fellow techies, and his own personal take on his Catholic beliefs to provide, like a set of "worked out sample problems," the hard data on the challenges and joys of embracing a life of faith as a techie. And he also gives a roadmap of the traps that can befall an unwary techie believer.

 

With lively prose and wry humor, Brother Consolmagno shows how he not only believes in God but gives religion an honored place alongside science in his life. This book offers an engaging look at how—and why—scientists and those with technological leanings can hold profound, "unprovable" religious beliefs while working in highly empirical fields. Through his own experience and interviews with other scientists and engineers who profess faith, Brother Consolmagno explores how religious beliefs and practices make sense to those who are deeply rooted in the world of technology.

 

 

Rights

North American publisher: Jossey Bass

Foreign rights: Wiley, Michael Gawley (mgawley@wiley.com)

Foreign rights sold: Portuguese to Publicacoes Europa-America

Film Rights: Gillian MacKenzie (gmackenzie@gillianmackenzieagency.com)

 

 

Reviews

“Brother Guy's book is an important step in bridging the gap between we the irreligious and anti-religious tech-world and the faithful among the geeks.”—Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing

 

“Combining personal memoir with conversations within the techie world, Consolmagno describes questions about the universe and the meaning of life that attract techies into religious belief and practice.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Brother Guy Consolmagno’s book explores the origins and nature of religion in novel and interesting ways, especially for a Catholic writer.  His insights and thought processes honestly accept and answer many religious questions relating to scientists, engineers, and contemporary society as a whole.  He is deeply candid, sharing his own faith and revealing his true love for the Catholic Church.”—Archbishop John J. Myers, Newark, New Jersey

 

“Brother Guy Consolmagno speaks in the softest, sanest voice imaginable as he enters the current firestorm of opinion re: science and religion. His engaging commentary exposes the mindset of a true ‘techie’—but one who equates science with a sacred act.”—Dava Sobel, author, Galileo’s Daughter