by Prof. Nathan Aviezer
The recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led people to ask whether this has any implications for the person who believes in God. The goal of Modern Science and Ancient Faith is to demonstrate that the implications are profound. The book shows that maintaining belief in God and accepting the truth of the Bible do not require one to abandon rational thinking. Quite the contrary. Modern science has become an important tool for understanding many biblical passages, imparting new insights and deeper meaning into ancient faith and the eternal words of the Bible.
Nathan Aviezer is Professor of Physics and former Chairman of the Physics Department of Bar-Ilan University. Aviezer is the author of more than 140 scientific articles on solid state physics. In recognition of his important research contributions, Aviezer was honored by being elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Research Professor of the Royal Society of London.
In addition to his scientific research, Aviezer has a long-standing interest in the relationship between Torah and science. He is the author of two books: In the Beginning (translated into nine languages) and Fossils and Faith (translated into four languages). Aviezer teaches a course at Bar-Ilan University on "Torah and Science," which was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize. In addition, Aviezer organizes an annual Torah and Science Conference which attracts hundreds of participants from all over Israel.
Born in Switzerland, raised in the United States, Professor Aviezer received his doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago, and subsequently held a research position at the IBM Watson Research Center near New York. In 1967, Nathan and his wife Dvora made aliya to Israel. The Aviezers have four children and fifteen grandchildren and live in Petach Tikva.