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Book Review: “Dawn: A Proton’s Tale of All that Came to Be” by Dekker, Oranje, and Van Den Brink

Dawn is, as the subtitle suggests, a story from the perspective of a proton from the beginning of time until now.

The authors tell the story in first person, making for some interesting asides. This gives creative freedom to talk about the “discomfort” the proton feels as it bumps up against molecules. One humorous scene is the authors’ rendition of the beginnings of evolution, as the proton is bumped, grabbed, etc. all while new molecules are formed and copied (sometimes incorrectly) (p. 33ff). The winsome way the proton’s voice is written also makes for a safe feeling for exploring some of the more difficult questions the book may raise for readers who disagree with some of the contents.

The story does, of course, run into Jesus. It’s a cool perspective when you have the first person account of a proton from the dawn of creation seeing the events surrounding Jesus. The proton even reflects on what will happen next (122) and eventually on the new creation (147).

Dawn is an interesting perspective on a number of scientific questions. It will appeal to those hoping to get a survey of the basics of how the universe grew from the beginning.

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J.W. Wartick is a Lutheran, feminist, Christ-follower. A Science Fiction snob, Bonhoeffer fan, Paleontology fanboy and RPG nerd.


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