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The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion
The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion
Herman Wouk
Little, Brown and Company, 2010
183 pp., $23.99

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David Michael

The Language God Talks

As understood by Herman Wouk.

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The conception of The Language God Talks dates to the 1960s, Wouk tells us (its working title was A Child's Garden of God). Initially, the book was intended to proffer an answer to "the grand Why of the child and the stumped agnostics." When he was thinking through the project, Wouk had lunch with Maarten Schmidt, the astronomer who discovered quasars. Wouk detailed his plans to write his book on science and religion, to which Schmidt then responded pensively: "It can be done … but it is very, very hard." If The Language God Talks is not up to this formidable task, the book nonetheless provides a beautiful self-portrait of a man who has sought to engage the world and his faith.

David Michael is the editor of Wunderkammer.

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