Originally published in The Jewish Chronicle, 21 July 1972.
Oh My God, Is That You? By Anthony Gibbs. Allan Wingate. London, 1972. £1.75.
This book, expensive for its size (102 pages together with a few photographs) defines faith as “an irrational belief” but comes down eventually on the side of the angel to maintain that the existence of “an intelligent creator” can be deduced on purely scientific grounds. Hence the somewhat snappy title.
The author’s thesis appears to be that those who imagine scientific thinking tends towards atheism are mistaken. In fact, it leads to God. The argument is far too condensed to be of much service and while the publisher’s blurb describes the approach as one of “lighthearted seriousness,” flippant would be a more accurate term to describe what goes on between the book’s covers.
Readers interested in the subject would compare this volume with Jacques Monod’s “Chance and Necessity” reviewed in columns recently?