Who Made God? An Interview with Edgar Andrews

by Tim Challies

Greg’s Note: I realize this is an older post, but since we are promoting Dr. Andrews latest book, WHAT IS MAN?: Adam, Alien or Ape?, I thought I’d post something on his previous work, Who Made God ?: Searching for a theory of everything, which is a great companion book to WHAT IS MAN?.

Last week I wrote a review of the excellent new book Who Made God? by Edgar Andrews. This book is an intelligent, insightful response to many of the claims of today’s new atheists. I recently had the opportunity to interview Mr. Andrews and wanted to share that interview with you today.

What do all of those letters after your name actually stand for?
The first three (BSc, PhD and DSc) are earned academic qualifications while the remainder (FInstP, FIMMM, CEng and CPhys) are professional qualifications. My Bachelor’s degree was in theoretical physics; the ‘doctor of philosophy’ degree was awarded for research, and the ‘doctor of science’ degree is a higher doctorate awarded for eminence in a given field, as judged by the quality of peer-reviewed publications.

The professional qualifications are firstly Fellowships of the Institute of Physics and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining respectively — these being the national bodies that regulate the relevant professions in the UK. A Chartered Engineer (CEng) is a professional engineer registered with Engineering Council UK (the British regulatory body for engineers) and the status indicates both academic achievement and professional competence through training and experience. Chartered Physicist (CPhys) is similar but relates to physics rather than engineering.

Your biography says you are an international expert on the science of large molecules. First off, who determines who qualifies as an international expert in such things? And second, what does it mean to be an expert on the science of large molecules?
Good question! ‘International expert’ signifies that a person is both known and ‘in demand’ for his or her expertise internationally. This in turn is reflected by invitations to lecture at conferences, universities and industrial organizations in different countries, and by such things as international consultancy and advisory activities (for example, I was a consultant to the Dow Chemical Company for over 30 years, serving their research community throughout USA and Europe).

I use “large molecules” rather than “polymers” because I think it is easier to understand. Polymer science covers everything from the synthesis of long-chain or network molecules to their industrial use, and from plastics and rubber to biomolecules like proteins and cellulose. The way a polymer’s properties depend on its molecular structure is one of my chief fields of interest.

Can you share how you came to be a Christian?
I became a Christian as a 19 year old university student when, for no obvious reason, I was seized with a strong desire to read the New Testament — in which I had previously had little interest. Such was my urgency that I had no time to buy a Bible but borrowed one from a friend…

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Who Made God? An Interview with Edgar Andrews