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Can a study of science lead us to a fuller understanding of God? In Seeing the Son on the Way to the Moon, W. Merlin Merritt recounts his experiences during the early NASA space program. He describes his struggle to integrate faith and science and ultimately concludes that technology can point us to the grandeur of God’s universe. The immensity and wonders of the cosmos point not only to an intelligent creator God but also to One who is actively involved in the universe.
Merlin Merritt has spent much of his life exploring two worlds—the world of space and the world of Scripture. As a NASA engineer, he helped people get to the moon. As a longtime Bible study teacher and minister of education at a church, he helped people understand the Bible. In this book, those two worlds intersect, and we get to explore both of those worlds with him. It’s a delightful and illuminating adventure.
Author of Quiet Faith and Bugles in the Afternoon
This book is an exhilarating story that takes readers behind the scenes during the events of the Apollo 13 mission. Through his engaging illustration of the numerous catastrophic events during the mission, he provides readers with little-known spiritual revelations he and others perceived, which would ultimately transform all the lives that bore witness to it. Building on this experience, he expertly weaves together the writings of well-respected scientists and theologians to present astute arguments for several controversial issues that have been sources of intense debate. He does so, however, in a loving manner that speaks to both scientist and theologian alike and prompts the reader to consider that the search for truth is not complete without the consideration of both.
—K. Leigh Greathouse
Assistant Professor, Nutrition Sciences
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Scientific discoveries at times have challenged believers who see a tension between their Christian faith and science. It is with pleasure that I read Walter Merlin Merritt’s account of how he has integrated his experiences as a NASA engineer with his deep faith. I was encouraged by the honesty and the charity of his account.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Houston Baptist University
Merlin Merritt is one of the finest and most sincere people I had the privilege of getting to know while working on my book. As instrumental as he and other flight controllers were in bringing the crew of Apollo 13 home safely, Merlin has exhibited that same kind of passionate intensity in his own book in which he examines the relationship between science and faith. You won’t be able to put it down!
Author of Go, Flight: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control
A captivating, thoughtful, honest, heartwarming, and insightful read on a timely and timeless subject. Seeing the Son on the Way to the Moon will stimulate your mind, stir your heart, and increase your faith. Merritt offers a fascinating account of the often breathtaking experiences, personal emotions, and candid faith-struggles involved in the early NASA space program. He also provides practical and biblically based observations and answers to one of life’s toughest faith-questions, “How can faith and science intersect and help each other?”
Professor of Philosophy and Pastor/Counselor
Author of Healthy Faith: A Strategic Lifestyle Plan to Transform Your Head, Heart, and Hands