This is another book admonishing the Skeptic/Atheist to play nice; advocating tolerance to ones that need spiritual sustenance. Chet Raymo advocates a Stephen Jay Gould’s NOMA, “nonoverlapping magisterial”; wherein, science and religion are afforded the breathing room to coexist peacefully, a position of respectful noninterference: Science defines the natural world; conversely, religion, our debatable moral world.
Chet has a proclivity to hybridize supernatural terms with that of the natural world, comparable to a conjugal visit from Zeus with Alcmene propagating the demigod Heracles. Chet conflates natural phenomena as miracles, as with this particular example, and many more: “the red knot is a sandpiper that twice each year visits the eastern shores of the US. Every year, these tough little travelers wing more than 18,000 miles, from the southern tip of South America to the arctic islands of northern Canada and back again, stopping briefly along the way on the beaches of Delaware Bay and Cape Cod…it’s the explanation that is the miracle!