The book is a brief history of science and about its apparent conflict with religion, that the author calls myths. It is about man’s understanding of himself, the universe and his place in it, about a question that has been on man’s mind for millennia: the what, how, why of the world/cosmos. The book looks at science, that seeks to answer this question with the how, and religion that responds to the what and why.
It gives a step by step development of the scientific and theological minds as they have developed over the centuries, starting from ancient religious practices, both mono-theistic and pagan, where the author quotes works from the ancient Jews, ancient Islam and even the Babylonians through early Christianity to the middle-ages up to the 21st Century. The book also states clearly what the Church has definitively taught about divine revelation (supernatural revelation) and what it has left to the free discussion of men.
Wicker has done his homework, and quite well at that, arguing his case using a “for” and “against” style, simple enough to follow for anyone without much knowledge in science or theology. The chapters are: The first confusion – ‘The Church is at war with Science (and Faith is at war with Reason)’; The Second confusion – ‘The Middle ages were a time of Scientific darkness; The Third confusion – ‘The Anti-science Catholic Church persecuted Copernicus and Galileo; The fourth Confusion – ‘The Church accepts Darwinism’ or ‘The Church Rejects Evolution’; The Fifth confusion – ‘The Big Bang is a Scientific Alternative to Belief in a Creator God; The Sixth Confusion – The origin of Life was one big happy accident; The Seventh Confusion – The vastness of the Universe means Extraterrestrial Life Must Exist.
There are no theological inconsistencies or errors in this work and highly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of scientific thought, and the critic of religion.