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"This is a wonderful book--sound, elegant, and readable. If you are looking for a common-sense explanation for matters generally taken on faith, this is it." --Barbara Oakley, author Evil Genes.

"The Language of God by Francis Collins is a good example of how a minority of scientists compartmentalize their thinking and blinker themselves to the contradictions between their faith and their science. This timely and complete analysis lays bare the many weaknesses in Collins thinking and the paucity of his knowledge of theology, philosophy, and any science outside of his own narrow speciality." ----Victor J. Stenger, author of the NY Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis

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George C. Cunningham, MD, MPH (Pacific Pallisades, CA) now retired, is the former chief of the Genetic Disease Branch of the California State Department of Health Services. He has published more than 150 articles in scientific publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the American Journal of Human Genetics, and Pediatrics.
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  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Original edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George C. Cunningham, MD, MPH (San Francisco, CA), now retired, is the former chief of the Genetic Disease Branch of the California State Department of Health Services. He has published more than 150 articles in scientific publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the American Journal of Human Genetics, and Pediatrics. His education includes graduation with a B.S. from the Jesuit University of San Francisco, where he received training in theology and philosophy, and successive attendence at University of Southern California, University of California Berkeley and University of California Los Angeles where he received his M.D, As a member of the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Medical Genetics, he was one of the authors of the organizations' Ethical Code. He organized the Advisory Committee on Human Cloning for the state of California which issued the policy document "Cloning Californians" He is the receipent of many state and national awards for his statewide programs of screening pregnant women and newborns for preventable genetic and birth defects.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Lawrence on March 16, 2015
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Though this small and short book is well written in terms of literary polish, Dr. Cunningham presents nothing new, nothing insightful and in truth, never actually answers the question he poses in the title about whether or not a scientist can believe in God. Supposedly a critique of Dr. Francis Collins, this book fails to explain why Dr. Collins does believe in God and instead is only a version of why he, George Cunningham, doesn't believe in God. His answer is identical in thought and theme that is constantly repeated by the materialists/anti-spiritualists which is:
"Evil exists. Therefore God does not exist. Because the definition of God is a perfect being able to create perfection and the world is not perfect there can't be a God. No perfection = no God."

If one wants to hear, or needs to hear, the atheist message, if one needs to stop their intellectual discourse at the limits of what science can correctly know and if one wants to go no further in thought about how and why the human being can and does experience the sensation of love, what propels man to quest after understanding the workings of the cosmos, what man's place in the system of life is, why does the human even concern himself with thinking beyond his physical body and why, indeed, there are people who act in evil ways toward others . . . why there are things such insects that eat man's crops, diseases and famine, floods and volcanic eruptions that destroy homes in places of paradise . . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 25, 2011
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Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Be a Believer? by George C. Cunningham

"Decoding the Language of God..." is a wonderful, well-written book by geneticist George C. Cunningham who rebuts Francis Collins' best-selling book, "The Language of God..." It's a book that cogently, and with lucid logic effectively destroys all of Mr. Collin's main points. The book is composed of the following nine chapters: 1. From Belief to Atheism, 2. Evidence and Rules of Engagement, 3. The War of Worldviews, 4. What's Wrong with The Moral Argument?, 5. Cosmology Origins of the Universe, 6. The Bible, 7. Naturalism (Atheism and Agnosticism), 8. Supernaturalism (Ethical, Monotheism, Spirituality) and 9.A Personal God?

Positives:
1. A gem of a book! Well written, researched, and reasoned book that was a treat to read.
2. Elegant conversational prose that uses a direct yet respectful tone in destroying Mr. Collin's main points.
3. This book is critical thinking at its best. Profound without being unintelligible.
4. More wisdom for your buck! I've learned so much from this book.
5. Great explanations for knowledge...worth the price of the book!
6. Great defense of science.
7. Reason versus faith, a one-sided battle.
8. Mr. Cunningham obliterates Mr. Collins' main defense of his religious beliefs. No contest!
9. How religious dogma do more harm than good.
10. Omnipotence and free will discussed.
11. The inconsistency of hell with "God's" infinite power of forgiveness. Compelling arguments throughout.
12. The problem of evil.
13. Unreliable biblical accounts and related matters. No evidence for the great Flood, the exodus or the existence of Abraham, Job, and Moses.
14. Miracles debunked...
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Johnny London on September 29, 2010
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I truly enjoyed this book. Dr. Cunningham is a sharp thinker and an excellent writer. Although written as a rebuttal to Francis Collins' book "The Language of God", this book serves as a great survey of common arguments used by Christians to defend their faith. Dr. Cunningham is respectful, yet blunt when it is called for. He goes to great lengths to not construct a straw man, but rather it is clear that he truly wants to understand, and to articulate sincerely and accurately the positions which he argues against. This intellectual honesty, for those of us who find such things very edifying, is refreshing. Highly Recommended.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gehrman on May 30, 2010
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I have to admit that at some points while reading this book, I felt so much sympathy for Collins that I didn't want to read on. Cunningham absolutely eviscerates him. Normally, I don't mind if someone's arguments get hammered because we need to vigorously challenge ideas in order to move forward; however, I do have a lot of respect for Collins' scientific achievements (it should be noted that Cunningham is an esteemed scientist as well). Collins is quite deservedly held in high regard and this book takes nothing away from those achievements, nor should we lose sight of the fact that Collins operates well above the ignorance of the creationist/fundamentalist community.

Although this is a serious book, Cunningham has an excellent sense of humor. He points out the absurdities in Collins' views, though it's almost unfair given how easy it is to attack faith-based claims. As many authors in the freethought community have noted, supernatural ideas don't answer any questions, all they do is create more absurd and irrelevant questions (consider the issue of theodicy, for example).

Finally, I think we can perhaps speculate on the author's motivations here. That is, why write a book like this, particularly since presumably Collins' intentions are good - that is, he's aiming for some sort of reconcilation between science and religion. Having spent a lot of time in the freethought community (in addition to the faith community), and having the pleasure of meeting Dr. Cunningham personally, it's clear to me that Collins' book is offensive for largely the same reasons that televangelists and imans are offensive. They make claims with no evidence; claims that represent an implicit attack on the foundation of human knowledge, and do nothing but divide humanity along schisms of "faith".
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