The Uncertain Legacy examines some of the debatable certainties held by the more extreme members of the religious and scientific communities when members of a family, with diametrically opposed points of view, meet to discuss a financial and philosophical legacy their father wants to pass on to them. The conversations of the characters bring into question not only the views of atheists like Richard Dawkins, and Victor Stenger at the one extreme but also garden-variety fundamentalists at the other, and proposes that entertaining a little doubt about both faith and reason may lead us to a better understanding of both, and, in so doing, create more useful methods for exploring the physical nature of the universe, and the moral nature of man.
Terry Failing, a graduate of Hamilton College and the State University of New York at Binghamton has been following the debate about the existence of God that has been raging between scientific atheists and fundamentalist theologians and has found that both sides’ arguments are not only unconvincing but strangely similar in their dogmatism and refusal to consider any truth other than their own. Armed only with curiosity and doubt, he has set out to explore and forge new understandings and definitions of God and of the other orthodoxies that dominate our lives. When not reading and thinking about this exploration, he tends a plum and cherry orchard in upstate New York. Comments about the book may be sent to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.