This book is a little gem.
In only 116 pages Lionel manages to capture the essence of science and religion and finds the cores to both that resonate for me. His poetry is the lustre. An added bonus is a short but wide ranging bibliography grouped under the headings Science, Philosophy and Religion
Lionel acknowledges in his preface that his publication is only one among many very good texts debating and exploring the present perceived conflict between science and religion.
is our miracle:
you and I, standing here,
standing on a turning planet.
No, not the planet, and all that’s on it;
that’s a small thing – great in presence, but not enough,
not nearly enough. And not our un-roofed, starry heaven.
That, we can’t appraise, or start to understand.
It’s you and I, our eyes seeing, each mind
knowing the other is there,
My feeling of your skin,
my eyes seeing your eyes and knowing
(“presuming”, the wise tell me)
that you sense and see me;
your mind unreachable as a star,
but surely here, thinking thoughts not mine…
This account is written from an everyday point of view and pulls the strands of science and religion together in a very even-handed way. It is significant that he uses this quote from Albert Einstein at the beginning of the first chapter.
“Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.”
The elements of science and religion that he explores bring this quote to life in a compelling and absorbing way.
Review: Yvonne Curtis - January 2014
Sea of Faith Newsletter No. 110 February 2014 (used with permission)