"When one reads the Origin of Species, one can only realize the greatness and quality of the biologist."

Since the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 1859, the tensions between religion and science have escalated, with some eschewing belief in a creator and others refusing to accept evolution. This book attempts to illuminate the reader to the idea that the two need not be at odds. Science, which increasingly leads to Darwin's natural selection theory as an accepted fact rather than a theory, does not negate a creator's existence. The author's discussion of the phenomenon of one's transformation from something physical, such as viewing art, to a transcendental experience such as joy, is a wonderfully descriptive introduction to his argument. The author presents his view with both scientific studies and the sincerity of one who seeks truth and an understanding of the essence of human existence.

Vergara presents a fascinating study of the intersection of the scientific and material world with the spiritual. His attempt to answer questions such as how consciousness and free will have come into existence and explain the difference between religion and spirituality makes for an interesting read. Many of the author's arguments are enlightening, and readers who enjoy reading the kind of discourse that leads to examining their own belief system will find much to like within the book. It is evident that Vergara writes with the earnestness of one who wishes to share his beliefs with others in hopes that they discover something worthwhile and valuable. The author sums up this desire in his closing paragraph when he states, "… let us cultivate our full existence, let us embrace science but include spirituality…" This isn't a light read, but it is an exceptional one.

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