Why the Universe Is the Way It Is

Baker, 2008
ISBN: 9780801013041


Increasingly astronomers recognize that if the cosmos had not unfolded exactly as it did, humanity would not, could not, exist. Yet these researchers—along with countless ordinary folks—resist belief in the biblical Creator. Why? They say a loving God would have made a better home for us, one without trouble and tragedy. In Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Hugh Ross draws from his depth of study in both science and Scripture to explain how the universe’s design fulfills several distinct purposes. He also reveals God’s surpassing love and ultimate purpose for each individual.

Why the Universe Is the Way It Is will interest anyone who wonders where and how the universe came to be, what or who is responsible for it, why we are here, or how and when the universe ends. Far from leaving the reader at this philosophical jumping-off point, Ross builds toward answering the big question of human destiny and the specific question of each reader’s personal destiny.

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Key Features

  • Observes the nature of the universe in light of Scripture
  • Discusses the correlation between science and biblical prophecy
  • Highlights scientific discoveries that point to the existence of God


  • Why Ask Why Questions?
  • Why Such a Vast Universe?
  • Why Such an Old Universe?
  • Why Such a Lonely Universe?
  • Why Such a Dark Universe?
  • Why a Decaying Universe?
  • Why a Realm beyond This One?
  • Why This Particular Planet, Star, Galaxy, and Universe?
  • Why Believe the Bible?
  • Why Not a Perfect Universe—Now?
  • Why These Physical Laws and Dimensions?
  • Why Two Creations?
  • Why Is the New Creation Better?

Praise for the Print Edition

This book will expand your mind with the universe it describes. It is a challenging, fascinating, and mind-stretching discussion of the nature and purpose of our amazing universe in the light of Scripture by one of America’s foremost evangelical astronomers.

Norman L. Geisler, cofounder and former dean, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Absolutely delightful! Ross’ ability to take science and show the biblical correlation in prophecy and application is unparalleled; it makes God’s wisdom and the biblical text seem so much more magnificent.

—James M. Tour, T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Rice University

Ross simultaneously challenges skeptics and Christians alike with his fresh take on scientific discoveries that point to the existence of God.

—Ben Young, Second Baptist Church, Houston, TX

Product Details

About Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross is founder and president of international and interdenominational Reasons To Believe. He is the author of many books, including The Creator and the Cosmos and More Than a Theory. An astronomer, Ross has addressed students and faculty on over 300 campuses in the United States and abroad on a wide variety of science-faith topics. From science conferences to churches to government labs, Ross presents powerful evidence for a purpose-filled universe.


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