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Finding God in the questions : a personal journey
Johnson, G. Timothy, 1936-
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Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [2004]

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216 pages ; 22 cm
Why do the questions keep coming? -- Is the universe an accident? -- How did we get here? -- Who are we? -- Why bother with religion and the Bible? -- What did Jesus teach? -- Who was Jesus? -- How should faith shape our lives? -- Is God in control? -- Can we bet on the heart of God?
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Although mathematics majors are usually conversant with number theory by the time they have completed a course in abstract algebra, other undergraduates, especially those in education and the liberal arts, often need a more basic introduction to the topic.
In this book the author solves the problem of maintaining the interest of students at both levels by offering a combinatorial approach to elementary number theory. In studying number theory from such a perspective, mathematics majors are spared repetition and provided with new insights, while other students benefit from the consequent simplicity of the proofs for many theorems.
Among the topics covered in this accessible, carefully designed introduction are multiplicativity-divisibility, including the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, combinatorial and computational number theory, congruences, arithmetic functions, primitive roots and prime numbers. Later chapters offer lucid treatments of quadratic congruences, additivity (including partition theory) and geometric number theory.
Of particular importance in this text is the author's emphasis on the value of numerical examples in number theory and the role of computers in obtaining such examples. Exercises provide opportunities for constructing numerical tables with or without a computer. Students can then derive conjectures from such numerical tables, after which relevant theorems will seem natural and well-motivated..

Author Notes

Dr. Timothy Johnson (M.D., M.P.H.) is the medical editor for ABC News and has reported on health-care issues for Good Morning America since 1975. He also provides on-air analysis of medical news for World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20. Johnson holds joint positions in medicine at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

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Booklist Review

ABC News medical editor Johnson, who is also a practicing physician and an assisting minister at West Peabody (Mass.) Community Covenant Church, here bridges the often huge chasm between science and faith. He admits that he has learned to live with doubt and come to terms with mysteries he cannot fully comprehend. That is, he is content not knowing all the answers. He lives with contradictions, the scientist in him regarding skeptically many religious claims that seem to offer absolute truth. His book addresses three seminal questions: Does God exist? What is God like? What difference does it make? He explores the most fundamental human relationship, a person's relationship with God; examines what it means to be human; and offers observations on how we determine right from wrong. He scrutinizes the Bible on Jesus and Jesus' teachings, and he addresses such obstacles to belief as the problem of what he calls undeserved suffering. His is a helpful and compassionate look at the spiritual questions many have wrestled with and many continue to wrestle with today. --June Sawyers Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

It is always interesting when a public figure like Johnson, medical editor for ABC News and frequent medical journalist on shows like Nightline and 20/20, writes about faith from a personal angle. The initial chapter relates much of his life story, outlining the questions that have caused him to question and doubt. The remainder of the book is a pithy discussion of what he has discovered (and what he still doubts) about issues like the origin of the universe, proofs for the existence of God, the identity and teachings of Jesus and the practical difference that religion should make in people's lives. While peppered with gently humorous asides and personal observations, the overall focus of the book is not on Johnson himself but on the questions he explores. Most notable is his excellent discussion of the "intelligent design" arguments that have recently become so widely discussed in academic settings. His brief and very comprehensible discussion will introduce a much wider audience to these ideas. In discussing his faith, Johnson is honest enough to surprise many readers. As he himself states, "some who admire my secular achievements will be turned off by this spiritual exploration and some who admire my spiritual stance will be disappointed in my conclusions." Although some readers may disagree with Johnson, they will find it difficult not to be stimulated to think much more deeply about their own answers to these questions. (May 18) Forecast: A $75,000 promo budget and endorsements from the likes of Ted Koppel will help bring attention to this title by the 30-year media veteran. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Section 1 Does God Exist?
1 Why Do the Questions Keep Coming?p. 15
2 Is the Universe an Accident?p. 27
3 How Did We Get Here?p. 43
4 Who Are We?p. 61
Section 2 What Is God Like?
5 Why Bother with Religion and the Bible?p. 75
6 What Did Jesus Teach?p. 95
7 Who Was Jesus?p. 119
Section 3 What Difference Does It Make?
8 How Should Faith Shape Our Lives?p. 149
9 Is God in Control?p. 169
10 Can We Bet on the Heart of God?p. 183
Epiloguep. 195
Suggested Readingp. 201
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 213