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"Is there a God?" is the most central and profound question that humans ask. With the New Atheists gaining a loud voice in today's world, it is time to revisit the long-standing intellectual tradition on the side of faith. Francis Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God and renowned physician and geneticist, defends the reason for faith in this provocative collection. Collins is our guide as he takes us through the writings of many of the world's greatest thinkers -- philosophers, preachers, poets, scientists -- both past and present, including such luminaries as C. S. Lewis and Augustine, and unexpected voices such as John Locke and Dorothy Sayers. Despite the doubts of a cynical world, this essential companion proves once and for all the rationality of faith.
"In the twenty-first century, many seem to have concluded that the spiritual experience and the life of the mind ought to occupy separate domains, and that disruptions, conflicts, and disenchantments will result if the firewall comes down. Surely humanity's ongoing search for truth is not enriched by such limitations. In the words of Socrates, the key to a fully mature and richly rewarding life, both for us as individuals and as a society, is to ‘follow the argument wherever it leads,' unafraid of the consequences. If this collection of essays provides even a small encouragement in this direction for the seeker, the believer, or the skeptic, that will be gratifying indeed." -- from the Introduction
The nice thing about this book though is that you can skip around and just read however much you want.
Belief does a credible job dealing with the great question of the First Cause and with mankind's need for a moral fulcrum.
As a student and thinker of history who has read most of the Western classics, I find this book very timely.
I am a fan of francis collins books and worldview perspective. He collected together pieces of work from many intelligent intellectual people with great rational reasons for belief... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Callie
I'm really enjoying the different perspectives from a wide array of authors spanning centuries. Very much worth the read.Published 6 months ago by Big Horn Dave
Dr. Collins has compiled the thoughts of some of the greatest minds of all times to make a case, through intellectual reason, what I believe by faith, that God does and has always... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Russ Smith
While a must admit that I have not studied in depth all the authors who have contributed to the book, I know that it is an excellent source of information to help me to defend my... Read morePublished 11 months ago by frankp
A tremendous amount of meaty material here to ponder. A nice sampling of a broad swath of literature regarding the existence of God.Published 14 months ago by KS Doc
Collins' selections examine not only the rationale for and defense of belief in God, they disassemble the simplistic fallacies that are the very foundation of atheism and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by jerrybrn
This seemed a little disjointed to me. I could not get into the rythem of the book because it's a collection of different writings.Published on January 29, 2013 by lfs0ahd
Medical & scientific professions use three states of mind to interpret data, Optimistically, Pessimistically, or with Skepticism. Where Dr. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Todd Allen Myrick