Dr. Wilda Reviews book: ‘Proof of Divine’

1 Oct

Moi received a complimentary copy of Proof of Divine. Here is information about the book:

Proof of Divine

Andrew Murtagh

ISBN: 9781449771478
May, 2013
WestBow Press

Moi actually enjoyed reading Proof of Divine; it was a book one could easily finish because it flowed. The title is a misnomer. The book is really a journey of faith. Murtagh  might have convinced himself that his arguments was solid, but the arguments would really not convince anyone who was not predisposed to believe.  Chapter 1 really states the problem Murtagh faces when setting up his proof. The chapter begins with;

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. (Jer. 29:13)

This is really a passage about faith. What Murtagh really is reflecting upon is;

Matthew 18:4

King James Bible

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Dean L. Overman writes at page 104 of A Case for the Existence of God:

A rational discussion of religious faith is necessarily combined with a discussion of the means of encountering the divine. Evidence from religious experience can never be understood outside of a transforming relationship with the God who makes himself known to us in personal experience….

Murtagh is describing his encounters with the divine. Whether anyone who has not been on the faith journey or who is not willing to either seek or accept the gift of faith will accept Murtagh’s arguments as proof, remains to be seen. At the end of his journey, Murtagh arrives at Hebrews 11:

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Really, that is the point where  all people of faith eventually arrive.

Still, moi would recommend Proof of Divine as a wonderful journey of one man’s trip toward receiving the gift of faith. It will certainly help many feel less alone on their journey.

Here is the press release about the book:

 karen@karencampbellmedia.com 616-309-4390 http://www.karencampbellmedia.com

Debut Author Recounts His Personal Journey of Faith — from High School Hockey to the Heights of Biomedical Science — in Proof of Divine

“Proof of Divine will engage the reader, challenge unbelievers and strengthen believers.”

J.P. Moreland

Grand Rapids, Mich., May 7, 2013—Nothing was wrong as Andrew Murtagh sped home from his job as a biomedical engineer specializing in pacemakers. He had a promising career, a good family, and was married to his high school sweetheart. But late that afternoon, overcome by the beauty of the Nevada desert, Murtagh felt the need to take stock of his entire life and address the big questions, ones about the existence of God and the meaning of the cosmos. At the precipice of faith and skepticism, Murtagh embarks on a long journey of self-discovery, one he shares in Proof of Divine: The Journey of a Common Man’s Search for the Finger Print of God (WestBow Press, May).

Part scientific investigation, part spiritual memoir, Murtagh’s debut combines research into reasons for belief with scholarly insights and key events from his family’s history — from his grandfather’s unlikely escape from the Nazis in World War II, to his grandmother’s decision to become a nun late in life, to his father being held up at gunpoint while working the night shift. These anecdotes become the backdrop for Murtagh’s wide-ranging investigation, and help him answer whether we live in a world of coincidence, or one guided by the hand of God.

Murtagh also searches for intellectual proof of God, an endeavor he undertakes despite his layperson status. “I am not Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton. I am not a world-renowned historian, philosopher, or archeologist. I am not a multilingual Bible,” Murtagh writes. “I am, however, a persistent free-thinker. I can bring belief in God into critical investigation. I can examine the scientific, historical, and philosophical arguments for and against a Creator and form my own conclusions. I can look back at my life and examine the beauty and wonder of the expanse all around me. I can decide if I am an accident or an intention.”

Murtagh does just that, conducting his own critical investigation, and in the process, explores the origins of the universe and the philosophical arguments people make as a result — from atheism to deism to theism. Murtagh’s readers are thus encouraged to weigh the evidence with him, yet Murtagh never gets lost in the data, for while he addresses intellectual barriers to faith, he often returns to his personal story, which he sees as being just as valuable as the scholarly insights. Here we read about Murtagh’s successful stint as one of the youngest high school hockey coaches in Illinois, the anxiety-filled birth of karen@karencampbellmedia.com 616-309-4390 http://www.karencampbellmedia.com

his child and the near-tragedy that ensued, and the choices that led to his high-pressured career in biomedical science.

Peppered with quotes from scientists and theologians, Proof of Divine is Murtagh’s record of his faith journey and the intellectual concepts he wrestled with along the way, including evolution, whether morality without God is possible, and the historicity of the Bible. At the end of it all, Murtagh realizes that God can be neither proven nor disproven, but it is still possible to make an educated choice as to whether or not to believe. “But on the question of life’s meaning, there will always be unknowns as there is a leap of faith in truly believing in anything,” writes Murtagh. “For something in which there is no proof, it all amounts to a decision: will we consider the miraculous? For a number of reasons, I have considered the miraculous.”

Proof of Divine: The Journey of a Common Man’s Search for the Finger Print of God

By Andrew Murtagh



WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781449771478

Release Date: May 2013

About Andrew Murtagh:

Andrew Murtagh is a clinical sales representative for an international medical device company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has worked in neuromodulation, supporting implantable spinal cord stimulation products for chronic pain and in cardiac rhythm management selling and supporting implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. In his role, he is present at the surgeries with the implanting physicians to assist programming and testing the devices.

Outside of work, he is an avid hockey fan. He played youth, junior, and college club hockey before moving onto coaching. He spent three years as Varsity Head Coach of a high school team in suburban Chicago and two years as Head Coach of a junior program in California where he recruited players from all over the U.S. and Canada to develop and transition to college hockey. He now coaches his son’s mite team. He and his family live in Pennsylvania. karen@karencampbellmedia.com 616-309-4390 http://www.karencampbellmedia.com

Endorsements for Proof of Divine

Proof of Divine recounts Andrew Murtagh’s focused, intentional journey back to warranted faith in God and Jesus Christ. Told in a warm, personal way, Murtagh’s pilgrimage is laced with evidence, argumentation, and fair assessment of the evidence for and against belief. A real strength of the book is its use of bullet points to highlight the central questions and issues that were at the core of Murtagh’s quest, and because he is a very intelligent, well-informed layman, the reader will find it easy to identify with the author. Proof of Divine will engage the reader, challenge unbelievers and strengthen believers. I highly recommend it.”

J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“This wonderfully-written account is that of a man pursuing the journey of life, in a quest to find ultimate meaning in the universe. It was exceptionally difficult to put down—I raced through it in one sitting. Weaving apologetics skillfully into a life story filled with ice hockey, college studies, marriage, and beginning to raise a family, Murtagh knows how to punch the right buttons … There is something here for everyone and I recommend it highly.”

Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair

Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University

“I love this book and the intellectual honesty and humility of the author. As a philosopher I am often disappointed when Christian apologetics wanders into my field, but the caution and finesse with which the author stayed within the limits of science and logic was impressive and the fact that he did it while affirming his faith in God was touching. Andrew is a story teller par excellence and when he weaves these stories with science using his keen intellect as an engineer, it becomes a must read.”

Steve A Johnson, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology

Columbia International University

“If you’re on the hunt for answers to life’s biggest questions, then Murtagh is your guy. Andrew takes complex questions and serves up creative digestible answers. This book is story filled, content rich, and could change your life forever.”

Bobby Conway, One Minute Apologist and Lead Pastor, Life Fellowship Church

“Murtagh’s book is a nice mix of apologetic data and warm story-telling. This is a good book for someone wanting to brush up on theological argument without losing the soul of why we share the story of Christ. This is a great read for someone trying to live in both worlds.”

John Wilkinson, author of No Argument For God karen@karencampbellmedia.com 616-309-4390 http://www.karencampbellmedia.com

Excerpts from Proof of Divine: The Journey of a Common Man’s Search for the Finger Print of God by Andrew Murtagh

“I was certainly familiar with the imagination of the theist, yet I was genuinely surprised at the imagination of the atheist. If we’ve left the realm of science with these theories—if these theories are stretching past testable, accurate, and reproducible facts—we’ve now arrived at theology.

To the dismay of the atheist, the science of atheism, as described above, is lacking quite a bit of science. And so it came to me that scientists are not the expert witnesses on God. Like an ink-blot test, the picture that is perceived rests in the eye of the beholder. Mine was simply to decide if I would prescribe to the religion of theism or the religion of atheism.

The religion of the atheist is that the universe and all living systems are naturally occurring, and the soon-to-be-discovered theory of everything will eventually answer the questions that are still on the table—science just needs more time. The majestic beauty of our universe and razor’s edge of order, from the gravitational constant down to our DNA, the universe, time, and life are simply freak accidents.

The religion of the theist is that God is the theory of everything, and there will never be a scientific finding that can explain how something came from nothing. For the theist, we’re an intention, not an accident. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Ps. 19:1).22 The agnostic remains somewhere in between.”

But in closing the chapter on this discussion, a deeper revelation came to me: we’re all religious; we just differ in dogma.” (Page 55)

“I was far from the proof of divine, but what I had discovered was how high the bar is for this particular branch of theism. Without a doubt, this was the greatest story ever told. Eyewitness testimony, historical and archeological corroboration, conversion of skeptics, and martyrdom of eyewitnesses—the entire story rests on the central tenets of love, forgiveness, and humility.

Is this a God worth loving? Call me sentimental, but if theism is my destination, I would require nothing less. Mine was to consider if the greatest story ever told is fact or fiction.” (Page 95)

“I had set out on an impossible journey, yet in it, I had found my way. It is impossible to prove the existence of God. It also is just as impossible to disprove the existence of God. Proof, by definition, requires evidence, validity, and certainty. Though atheism and theism both take karen@karencampbellmedia.com 616-309-4390 www.karencampbellmedia.com


evidence and validity and draw conclusions, there can be no certainty on the matter. It all amounts to a choice. Enter faith.” (Page 101)

“Each of us carries a timeline of memories and experiences that inspire a sense of nostalgia. Though we will all eventually consider whether or not these experiences carry an ultimate meaning, the task of the historian is no different from the task of the scientist. Both ask what and how—the why is left for the philosopher and the theologian. Interestingly, the most-popular–selling book in all of human history—the Holy Bible—is all about the question of why.” (Page 73)

“The Bible is simply a collection of books that are divided into the Old and New Testaments. It chronicles the creation of our universe and all living things, the nature of God, His commandments, the accounts of His followers, salvation, and eternity. Ultimately, the Bible describes the nature of God, His promises, and His relationship with each of us.

The Bible is an interesting document—it consistently mixes church and state, theology and history. But for something of biblical proportions (pardon the pun), how could anyone trust in a book that has been handed down over thousands of years? For the proof of divine, trust is earned, not given, so let’s go after it. Let’s challenge the integrity of this book. On the question of historicity, the first step would be to remove theology altogether and consider the Bible on its own merits as a historical document. If ancient copies of the earliest manuscripts have been discovered, and in them, actual people and places are mentioned, we have two distinct opportunities to dismiss the Bible in its entirety:

1) To compare the modern-day Bible to the early manuscripts

2) To compare the Bible to independent historical records and archeological findings

Like the childhood game of telephone, the Bible could simply be a collection of tall tales that were greatly exaggerated over time. Should it have evolved considerably from its earliest manuscripts, or if it contains historical and archeological contradictions, it could simply be regarded as misguided fiction.” (Page 73-74)

For more information, please contact Karen Campbell at 616-309-4390 or karen@karencampbellmedia.com

Here is a Youtube video: Proof of Divine by Andrew Murtagh


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