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Is There Evidence For God
…an Economist Searches for Answers

Embark on a journey with author Robert Genetski as he takes on his most ambitious research project ever, the search for evidence of God.

About The Book

Unbiased
Approach​

While there are many ways to search for God, my approach had to be different. It would be logical and systematic. I would approach the project as Mr. Spock, the fictional character from Star Trek, who would meticulously examine evidence, weigh the odds, and reach a logical conclusion. My approach involved examining atheists’ views, looking into evidence for life after death, searching for the evidence surrounding the world’s religions, and exploring post-Biblical evidence for God.

Searching
For Truth

My quest lasted many years. It had all the sensation of an Indiana Jones movie–frightening discoveries, sleepless nights, and fulfilling Ah-ha moments with background music. There were unpleasant moments when I became terribly discouraged and depressed, times when I wanted to throw in the towel, took time off, and even considered quitting. This book takes you through my search for the evidence of God. If you decide to come along, I must warn you – a quest for evidence of God can produce some disturbing discoveries. If you are anything like me, there will be times you will wish you never started, times you question long-held beliefs, times you want to quit, and times you’ll be glad you didn’t.

But What If I Was Wrong About God? ​

What impact would my analysis have on my relationship to my family, friends, and others? Did I really want to undertake a project with serious— even life-changing—implications? Without clear answers to any of these questions, I decided to go ahead. For better or worse, I would live with the consequences. For my own benefit, I wanted to know the truth about God. Depending on what I found, there could be a hornet’s nest of potential problems. What if the evidence failed to support my Catholic religion? What if evidence showed Christianity was a fraud? Was I prepared to change to some other religion? And, what if the evidence indicated God didn’t exist? Would I be able to accept such a conclusion?

I've worked on a lot of books. Some fiction, some nonfiction. Some for adults, some for YA or children. Some are by writers just getting started on learning and honing the craft, and some are experienced, trained, gifted writers who have been at it for decades. Some are creative writing professors. Many are award-winning authors. Many of those are awards we've won together.

The book I am working on now, Evidence for God, will be with me a long time. This is a non-denominational, unbiased, zero-agenda exploration of whether God exists. The author is an economist who took a practical, thorough, objective research approach, looking at documented history (and doubts of that history), scholars, theologians, atheists, world religions, biblical scriptures, and physical artifacts claimed by many to be significant. He analyzed the analysts from every perspective.

The book presents his findings in brief chapters that are easy to read. Mostly, it prompts more questions. He shares his own conclusions and encourages readers to embark on their own journey, seeking answers to the greatest question humans may ever ask or try to answer. Is there Evidence for God?
★★★★★
Beth Kallman Werner
As a lifelong Christian, I had my reservations about reading a book regarding a search for evidence of God. I thought, “this could not possibly benefit me.” …I could not have been more wrong. Is There Evidence for God presented a straightforward path that ultimately strengthened my Faith and provided useful tools (evidence) to help me help others find God. This is one of the most thought provoking books I have read in a long time. I highly recommend this for people of Faith and those that are still searching.
★★★★★
Stephen Kaminski

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Book Review by Literary Titan

In Is There Evidence for God?: An Economist Searches for Answers, author Robert Genetski embarks on a compelling exploration of religious beliefs, existential questions, and the intricacies of faith. Drawing on his background as an economist, Genetski offers unique insights and informed perspectives on a range of topics, from the existence of God and life after death to miracles and atheism. Throughout the book, he shares personal anecdotes and inspiring stories that have shaped his own spiritual journey, inviting readers to reflect on their beliefs and form their own perspectives.

Opening with the thought-provoking question “To believe or not to believe,” Genetski sets the tone for a balanced and inquisitive examination of faith. He approaches each topic with logical reasoning and thorough explanations, ensuring that readers are given a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Moreover, Genetski’s objectivity and intentionality in presenting his findings make for a refreshing and engaging read.

The book’s structure lends itself well to an organized and systematic exploration of complex themes. Divided into five distinct parts, Genetski delves into topics such as the concept of an eternal God, supernatural life, world religions, and evidence of God in the contemporary world. The fifth section, a more personal account of the author’s own experiences and lessons learned in his search for God, provides a captivating and intimate touch.

One standout topic is the examination of world religions, which offers readers an enlightening and unbiased look at the doctrines and practices of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and other faiths. Additionally, the discussion of historical divine sightings and events, such as the children of Fatima, Jesus’ burial garments, and the occurrences at Tepeyac Hill, Mexico, in 1531, provides intriguing evidence for those seeking to understand the divine.

I highly recommend this book to those interested in religious studies and history. Genetski’s impartial and informative approach will appeal to readers seeking to broaden their understanding of faith and engage in thoughtful reflection on their own beliefs.
Book Review by Readers’ Favorite

Is There Evidence for God by economist Robert Genetski begins by outlining the views of atheists, near-death experiences, and miracles. He explains the concepts of the world’s major religions without giving a preference to one over another. It focuses on whether there is enough evidence to support the idea of God’s existence. Using Catholic miracles, scripture from the Bible and Koran, and scientific details from the Shroud of Turin as supporting evidence, Genetski makes his own conclusion.

Without telling us how to believe, Robert Genetski details his line of rationalizing God’s existence in his mind. The supporting evidence extracted by comparing the scripture to how certain religions are practiced today is astounding! For analytical readers, Genetski’s narrative is rational enough to explain religion and science in contextual terms without sacrificing the conversational quality of his writing. Each point is considered, weighing the evidence on both sides of an issue and coming to a rational deduction. It is well-researched, and you feel confident reading the words of an economist, teacher, and author. If you have often doubted the validity of God’s existence, you can evaluate each point and form your own decision. Genetski provides facts, guiding our spiritual journey as we think critically about the text. Is There Evidence for God is great for anyone struggling to understand their feelings about religion and those who enjoy theology.
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers’ Favorite
Book Review by Joseph Bast

"Why would a distinguished economist write a book about religion? Who would even care what he thinks?

Robert Genetski, Ph.D., probably knew when he sat down to write this book that readers would ask these questions and so would hesitate to buy copies. I’m glad he didn’t let that deter him because I truly needed this book. It helped change my life. I can’t recommend it highly enough."

Genetski comes from the same place I do, a “cradle Catholic” who fell away from the faith when he went to college and then never seemed to find time to go back and revisit that decision. Having turned 80 years old recently, he says “I’ve lived a long, wonderful, fulfilling life.” He has only a few regrets, “the main one is my failure to search for God when I was much younger, when answers could have helped me deal far more effectively with the ongoing challenges in life.”

Shortly before she died, Genetski’s mother confided in him that she didn’t think God was real or that there is an after-life. “I was stunned!” he writes. “The incident may have been the spark I needed to begin taking a serious look into God and religion.”

Genetski says he began by studying the work of prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. He finds “not only do they reject God: they seem to have an intense hatred for him. … It seems a bit odd for anyone passionately to hate something they don’t believe exists. It would be like hating Santa or the Easter Bunny. Who does that?”

Atheism, he says, is appealing because “it can empower us and feed our egos. When we reject God, we get to take his place. We become the highest existing lifeform, beholden and subservient to no one.” But the downside is that atheists are often miserable, living lives without meaning and fearing death.

Genetski’s take-down of atheism is masterful and succinct. He ends it by saying atheists are simply “not interested in evidence. Without an inclination to examine evidence, the atheist case for rejecting God rests entirely on their personal opinions and beliefs. Atheists assume their beliefs reflect reality. … Their initial bias against God’s existence was so great, they appeared blind to any evidence to the contrary.”

Genetski then examined the evidence for God himself, starting with evidence of life after death revealed by near-death experiences. Raymond Moody, MD, in 1970 published accounts of more than a hundred incidents in his book, Life After Death. Sometimes there was corroborating evidence, as when the person knew things that they could not have known without an out-of-body experience. Moody’s work “opened the door to an outpouring of scientific analysis of what is now known as ‘near-death experiences.”

In a chapter titled “It’s a Miracle!” he writes: “A miracle is said to occur when God suspends the laws of nature to increase our faith and knowledge of him. Miracles assume God is real. Since atheists believe there is no such thing as God, they also believe there is no such thing as a miracle.” He recommends Charles Keener’s two-volume study titled Miracles, which I’ve bought and am reading. It’s very impressive.

Having concluded that God exists, Genetski proceeded to look for evidence of what He expects from humanity. Readers familiar with the work of Huston Smith and other famous historians of religion might anticipate lengthy treatises on “the great religions of the world,” but Genetski needs only a few pages to discuss their essential features and put them in context. Hinduism, Buddhism, and New Age Religions, he says, rely on introspection and meditation which may be beneficial for their practitioners but “produce a lot of different answers. … [T]hey aren’t going to be much help in our search for evidence of God.”

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam “all claim their beliefs come from God. All three claim God’s revelations are described in sacred books…” He identifies what they have in common: accepting the Old Testament as the inspired work of God; one all-powerful, all-knowing God, who wants us to “worship him, recognize the temporary nature of the material world and material possessions, behave with honesty and integrity, help others who are less fortunate than us, and live peacefully with one another. These religions are almost unanimous in agreeing that each person has a soul whose eternal destiny depends on us doing God’s will.”

Given the central role of the Old Testament in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Genetski searched for evidence of its authenticity. He found it in archeology and Biblical scholarship. He cites Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman, who maintains the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch, were created by an ancient and unknown “redactor” who combined three original sources labeled P, J and E, the first advancing ideas about God and his relationship to man that are “virtually the opposite” of other two. The result is a “new dynamic between Yahweh’s justice and his mercy.” “Whatever its origin, whatever combination of authors and editors contributed to it, the end product turned out to be part of the most magnificent, most impactful book ever written.”

Genetski then tackled the New Testament and looked for evidence of Christ’s resurrection. “If it weren’t true, how could his followers believe it? How could more than 500 eyewitnesses believe it? How could millions of people over the past two millennia be so certain it’s true that they’re willing to devote their lives to spreading the word, and even die for their beliefs?”

He evaluated the evidence for Jesus as God starting with the Turin Shroud, citing a book by Mark Niyr titled The Turin Shroud and a website: shroud.com, which “lists thousands of books and articles offering expert opinions on this amazing relic.”

According to Genetski, the shroud reveals that it “once held the body of a well-proportioned man, almost 5’-11” tall, weighing 175 pounds. The man was fully naked when wrapped in the cloth. The marks, wounds, and body characteristics are anatomically correct. The person wrapped in this cloth was definitely a real person.” The shroud, he says, is compelling evidence of Christ’s resurrection.

Genetski then discusses Marian apparitions, the “dancing sun” in Fatima, Portugal (1917), reports of stigmata, bleeding Eucharists (citing a 1986 book on the subject by Joan Carol Cruz titled Eucharistic Miracles), and bleeding statues.

“God left evidence all over the place,” he concludes, “much as a child who plays in the mud and then wanders into his home. God left his footprints everywhere — in historical events, stories long forgotten, and places few might think to look.”

Genetski’s search for answers, starting from a place of skepticism and doubt and using tools acquired during a long career spent finding and analyzing evidence, ends with a declaration of faith. “The good news is — atheists are wrong. God not only exists, he loves each and every one of us.”

Genetski ends his book with these inspiring words:
My great hope is others will take a journey similar to mine. Search for God. Find Him. Then, experience the incredible love, peace and serenity only God can provide.

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Joe Bast was president and CEO of The Heartland Institute for many years. He is now retired and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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Author, Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski is one of the nation’s leading economists. He is a teacher, columnist, and author of 5 books on classical economic principles. His latest economics book, Rich Nation, Poor Nation: Why Some Nations Prosper While Others Fail, provides over a century of evidence for the success and failure of economic policies throughout the world. Genetski graduated from Eastern Illinois University, taught economics at various institutions of higher learning including the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and New York University. He has held various positions in the financial industry, including Senior VP for a major Midwest bank, money manager, investment advisor, director of investment research, and has served as a Director of the Boards of various public and private companies. For more than 30 years his consulting firm, ClassicalPrinciples.com, has provided economic and financial research to individuals and businesses around the world. Genetski is a popular speaker known for using humor and anecdotes to simplify complex economic issues.

Begin Your Journey

I invite you to join me on what became the journey of a lifetime, my search for evidence of God.

- Robert Genetski -