A Review by Vladimir Rogachev (ITAR-TASS News Agency)

The Bible According to Einstein:
A Scientific Complement to the Holy Bible for the Third Millennium

(Translated from the Russian with the help of Kirill Melnikov.)

Is it possible to collect and present in a single book all the scientific and spiritual knowledge that humankind has accumulated during thousands of years of its development? Is it possible to do that in accord with contemporary science and in a language that is clear to everyone?

    Difficult, but doable was the conclusion of the American publishing house Jupiter Scientific. As a result, a unique book has been born that describes the evolution of our world from the first days of its creation to the present time. However, neither in form nor in language does it resemble a usual popular scientific book because, for its format, the Holy Bible with its unique language and structure has been chosen.

    Now on the shelves of American bookstores, this book of six hundred pages entitled The Bible According to Einstein: A Scientific Complement to the Holy Bible for the Third Millennium is the result of the collective work of a group of anonymous authors. According to the publisher, their names are not being made public so as to get as close as possible to the real Bible both in form and in style.

    Following the classical Bible, the new book contains both old and new testaments but the order of the two has been interchanged. The "Old Testament" of the The Bible According to Einstein begins with the chapters "Genesis One: The Planck Epoch" and "Genesis Two: The Big Bang" in which "world creation" is presented in a line with contemporary scientific knowledge. As stated there, "In the beginning, there was no beginning". The "New Testament", which in the "new bible" precedes the "Old Testament", presents the laws of Nature and the history of the intellectual, spiritual and scientific development of humankind.

    As stated in the Introduction of the "new bible", "In view of the scientific achievements of the last several millenniums, some biblical explanations of physical phenomena are now outdated; however, this does not apply to the moral, historical and literary aspects of the Holy Bible, which have proved to be immortal".

    According to New York based physicist Stuart Samuel, who is called the book’s spokesperson, the ultimate goal of the book is to show the strength of science and the might of the spirit: When we talk about studying the Universe using our senses, then the science is the best way to go. On the other hand, science can say nothing about the sense of life, the moral and the appropriate social behavior of a human being.

    The authors of "The Bible According to Einstein" believe that this book contributes to the solution of an old problem about the relation between science and religion: "There is a border between science’s and God’s domains. People have draw the line quite some time ago, but they have put it in a wrong place. Science and religion can co-exist harmoniously, complementing each other."

    According to critics, the experiment has worked out nicely. Four Nobel Prize Winners – Tsung-Dao Lee, Samuel Ting, Glenn Seaborg and Sheldon Glashow – have praised the "scientific bible". However, one is still amazed by the courage of the authors and the publisher of the book who have given it the subtitle A Scientific Complement to the Holy Bible for the Third Millennium.

    Only time will show if The Bible According to Einstein becomes of comparable value for humankind as the genuine Bible – an ancient collection of human wisdom.

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