Dawn: A Proton's Tale of All That Came to Be, By Cees Dekker and Corien Oranje and Gijsbert van den Brink alt


A Proton's Tale of All That Came to Be

BioLogos Books on Science and Christianity

by Cees Dekker, Corien Oranje, and Gijsbert van den Brink
Translated by Harry Cook
Afterword by Deborah Haarsma

  • Length: 176 pages
  • Published: September 20, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0567
  • ISBN: 9781514005675

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This is an adventure that began almost fourteen billion years ago, one that so often threatened to fail. It's truly a miracle I'm still here. Despite everything, I wouldn't have wanted to miss one second of it. And the best is yet to come.

With the help of an extraordinary narrator, you're invited to discover the wonder and drama of the history of the cosmos. In this story we follow the journey of one proton who comes into existence at the beginning of creation and makes it all the way through history to today. By becoming a part of atoms and molecules that turn up at some of the universe's most important moments, our friend Proton witnesses emerging galaxies, the origin of life, its evolution into a wild diversity of life forms, the first human beings, the birth and life of Jesus, the beginnings of the Christian church, all the way up to the present day. Through it all, the mysterious, seemingly unbelievable plans of the Creator continue to unfold. . . .

Combining its authors' mind-bending scientific knowledge, storytelling skills, and insights from theology, Dawn provides a fresh look at the fundamentals of cosmology, evolutionary biology, and the good news of God in one overarching adventure—in the form of a gripping story. Readers who love both science and Scripture will discover an engaging, thought-provoking tale that reminds us we each have a big place in God's plan of creation—even if we're very, very small.

BioLogos Books on Science and Christianity invite us to see the harmony between the sciences and biblical faith on issues including cosmology, biology, paleontology, evolution, human origins, the environment, and more.

"In this wonderfully creative and imaginative account, a proton tells the story of both science and faith from beginning to end. This new and refreshing perspective keeps the reader engaged from start to finish—the story of the universe in a style we encounter for the very first time. A gripping read and recommended for readers of any age."

Denis Alexander, emeritus director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge University

"This is a fantastic book, one that I would have liked to have written myself. Great that it is here now. Highly recommended!"

Heino Falcke, professor of astrophysics at Radboud University, the Netherlands, and author of Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, the Universe, and Us

"I have always dreamed of traversing the entire universe. But the authors of this fascinating book go a step further—they traverse the entirety of time, all 13.7 billion years of it! From a perspective firmly grounded in love for the Creator and respect for his creatures, they have given us an imaginative tour de force."

Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary

"This is a remarkable book combining good science, rich and childlike imagination, and deeply grounded creational theology. The story of the universe told by a proton! Who comes up with that? It's great for children, and adults won't be able to resist it!"

W. Ross Hastings, Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College

"Dawn is a unique and engaging book arising from a conversation between scientists, philosophers, and theologians . . . they found a grand story to tell. Starting from the Big Bang, a few protons are our guides, proverbial flies on a wall. Both a work of fiction and nonfiction, this story is a fresh invitation to the great and grand story of who we are and who is God."

S. Joshua Swamidass, associate professor of laboratory and genomic medicine at Washington University in St Louis

Read an Excerpt


1. Beginnings
2. Cosmos
3. Stardust
4. Earth
5. Life
6. Evolution
7. Catastrophe
8. Eden
9. Well
10. Rebellion
11. Devastation
12. Doubt
13. Restart
14. Liberation
15. Impasse
16. Avatar
17. Trial
18. Speech
19. Despair
20. Shock
21. Reversal
22. Forward
23. Space
24. Seven

A Conversation Among the Authors
Discussion Questions


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