Here’s a book that caught my eye. I regard Herman Wouk as one of the great modern authors. Unlike so many writers of “important” literature, Wouk makes a point of creating stories that an ordinary human being can read and enjoy. Every American should at some point pick up his two novels (which are really a continuation of the same story) of World War II, “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance”. (See my earlier blog notes on these war books and also Wouk’s “Youngblood Hawke”.)
Wouk is approaching is 95th birthday, so I was much surprised to see a new title appear: “The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion”. This is not a novel, but a philosophical inquiry, and it explores some of our most fundamental questions. I have not yet read this book, so I can’t comment in depth. However, I’m most curious what Wouk has to tell us after having lived so long. (As an aside, I’ll note my belief that there are no inherent conflicts between science and religion, and the one does not crowd out the other. What science tells us is true; however some of the most important questions facing humanity are not to be answered by science. I might say that science is the “how” and religion is the “why”; that’s probably a tad too simplistic, but it’s a nice succinct summary.)
Wouk had been contemplating this book for decades, and he finally was able to bring the pieces together. He explains his motivation and background in this article, published by Huffington, “The Language God Talks: The Back Story”.