What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
201 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural by author Shawn Adair Johnston is a work of non-fiction in the religion, spirituality, and science subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. In this interesting and highly original work, the author challenges the exclusively physical model of the universe through a compelling exploration of scientific data. With clarity and humor, Johnston critiques the limitations of current science in explaining the cosmos, human DNA, consciousness, free will, and criminal behavior. The book delves into astronomy, quantum physics, biology, neuropsychology, and cosmology to demonstrate the inadequacy of a purely materialist perspective. Johnston argues that a multidimensional universe, as implied by quantum mechanics and cosmology, aligns more with the presence of supernatural forces than a purely physical model.

Author Shawn Adair Johnston has crafted a truly thought-provoking journey that adeptly layers scientific concepts under philosophical and spiritual reflections to produce some fascinating parallels and explanations. The engaging narrative style and the breadth of topics covered make complex scientific ideas accessible to a wide audience. Johnston uses relatable language and steers clear of alienating either the religious or scientific by striking harmony between the two worlds. The exploration of a multidimensional universe and its implications for the nature of the soul, good and evil, resurrection, or reincarnation sparks contemplation, and the logical progression of the work helps you to build ideas gradually. Regardless of one's religious or spiritual background, the book offers a fascinating perspective that encourages readers to question and expand their understanding of existence. Overall, I would certainly recommend What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural as a compelling intellectual feast that satisfies our hunger for knowledge about the mysteries of our existence.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Shawn Adair Johnston considers facts surrounding the creation of the universe, life, and human consciousness in his book, What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural. Drawing on Christian and Buddhist teachings as well as scientific findings, Johnston's focus is to enlighten his readers with the most discussed scientific research involving the universe's beginnings, DNA, and your ability to make fully conscious decisions while providing proof of supernatural involvement. The author presents the history behind each topic and the past and present theories circulating in the scientific community and sometimes delivers the information in alternate ways, like in a "game show" with his version of "The Budda", "Jesus Christ", and Charles Darwin.

After becoming legally blind at eight years old, Shawn Adair Johnston honed his other senses and nearly perfected his ability to detect a lie. For that reason, Johnston had a successful career as a forensic psychologist, and he has the skills to root out erroneous information, presenting key facts at the base of some of humankind's oldest debates. Though the text is technical at times, most of the book is written in plain terms but with a wealth of intelligence. Johnston's chapters about free will were particularly eye-opening, and I was surprised by certain theories proposed by some neuropsychologists. What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural is a great selection for readers who are interested in current scientific debates on biology, astronomy, and the human mind and don't want to choose between science and religion.

Diana Lopez

In life, we tend to reflect on profound issues: the origin of the universe, the purpose of existence, and human nature. In seeking answers, some turn to science, others to religion. However, it is not necessary to limit oneself to one view. Those two approaches are not in conflict but complement each other. That perspective is made clear in Shawn Adair Johnston's What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural. He begins by discussing science and the scientific method. He then explains key concepts in astronomy, biology, neuropsychology, and other fields. At the same time, he shows how these disciplines intertwine with religious ideas, such as Christianity and Buddhism. He always maintains an up-to-date scientific perspective, addressing topics such as the structure of DNA and the Big Bang theory.

Shawn Adair Johnston is honest and clearly distinguishes between conjecture and scientific data. His way of expressing himself is original and accessible. That pleased me because he converted concepts from physics and other sciences into something understandable. So, it is an ideal read for all audiences regardless of their level of knowledge in those fields. I also loved his personal approach because Shawn is a forensic psychologist and shares his experience in dealing with deep issues. He addresses the good and bad from a behavioral perspective, exemplifying experiences from criminal cases. Where possible, Shawn incorporates interesting facts and figures. He doesn't just provide information because he motivates you to appreciate existence and reflect on free will and conscience. What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural will inspire you to contemplate life as an extraordinary journey full of mystery.

Foluso Falaye

Have you ever wondered what scientific data reveals regarding the universe, life, and consciousness? Are you curious about the interconnectedness of the Big Bang, free will, and human DNA? Are you fascinated by the multidimensional universe proposed in cosmology? In What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural, Shawn Adair Johnston examines science and religious concepts to discover more about our origin, God, morality, and other profound topics. Readers will follow his views on higher dimensions and the concepts of hell, purgatory, and heaven. Additionally, the author shares his experiences as a forensic psychologist, who has evaluated several juvenile and adult criminal offenders. The book offers an intriguing, revelatory experience by examining research findings in astronomy, biology, and other intellectual areas.

Shawn Adair Johnston's phenomenally enlightening book helped me see some things in a new light and had my mind stretched to new realms. For example, I now see that the universe could have been expanding and reducing infinitely and that the Big Bang is not necessarily the answer. Shawn doesn't do a biased analysis but carries out a balanced exploration of both scientific and spiritual concepts. He employs studies of concepts associated with Jesus and Buddha, as well as scientists and names like Michael Behe and Richard Dawkins. Busy readers and curious individuals who seek a candid, no-fluff examination of captivating scientific research will appreciate the book's comprehensive essays. Read What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural if you wish to arrive at your own conclusions and explore the important questions about life and consciousness. It's brimming with valuable information and life-changing, paradigm-shifting ideas you don't want to miss.

Jamie Michele

In What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural, forensic psychologist Shawn Adair Johnston approaches existential queries through empirical data, steering clear of personal convictions. He investigates cosmic origins, consciousness, and morality by anchoring insights in scientific research. Johnston contrasts universe models, exploring physical and supernatural blends and looking at moral implications. He addresses strict physical paradigms, endorsing openness to supernatural possibilities in unexplained phenomena. From the Big Bang's evolution to DNA's intricacies, he merges religious concepts with scientific theories and links between human existence and the universe's birth. Critiquing intelligent design and deterministic perspectives, he weighs DNA complexity, consciousness, and free will against quantum uncertainty, advocating for a more inclusive dialogue between science and spirituality for a deeper comprehension of existence and for an integrated approach that harmonizes both to elucidate the universe's mysteries and moral principles.

The very best aspect of What Science Really Says About God and the Supernatural is that author Shawn Adair Johnston writes like he is talking with you and not at you. The style is conversational, and in a subject that could be fraught with mass pearl-clutching, he does what a less skilled writer is unable to do: he makes it comfortable. “So, if you have gotten this far in the narrative, you may have been persuaded by some of the arguments that the existence of supernatural phenomena is reasonable, compelling even.” Why, yes, Mr. Johnston, it is compelling. It's important to point out that the book is not religious, and the emphasis is on spirituality. Religion is addressed, but only in the context of it being a body of belief systems generally opposed to acceptance of the supernatural being somehow "unGodly" or contrary to whatever higher authority a reader believes in, if any at all. This is a book for everyone. Johnston shares some deeply uncomfortable stories of his work with sex offenders and conversations between pedophiles that he uses as examples of how a human has the capacity to change in a meaningful way, although it is rare. This matters because it sometimes takes the most inconceivable examples to hammer home the power of the human spirit when it is committed to change, even if it is in the way we view everything we can and cannot see but still believe in. Very highly recommended.