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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief Paperback – July 17, 2007
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"Collins's argument that science and faith are compatible deserves a wide hearing. It lets non-churchgoers consider spiritual questions without feeling awkward."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"The Language of God is a powerful confession of belief from one of the world's leading scientists. Refuting the tired stereotypes of hostility between science and religion, Francis Collins challenges his readers to find a unity of knowledge that encompasses both faith and reason."
-- Kenneth Miller, Brown University, author of Finding Darwin's God
"What an elegantly written book. In it Francis Collins, the eminent scientist, tells why he is also a devout believer....A real godsend for those with questioning minds but who are also attracted to things spiritual."
-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
About the Author
Francis S. Collins is one of the country's leading geneticists and the longtime head of the Human Genome Project. Prior to coming to Washington, he helped to discover the genetic misspellings that cause cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington's disease. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and in his spare time he enjoys riding a motorcycle and playing guitar.
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Dr. collins makes a strong case for evolution over the past 4.5 billion years of earth's existence. Being a geneticist, he draws his conclusions from the trail of DNA that is us. He does not subscribe to the "young earth" theory espoused by those who hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible. At the same time he is a strong Christian believer, with a solid faith in God.
This book makes a strong argument for those who find conflict with their traditional Christian upbringing, and modern science, to reconcile both and still maintain a strong faith in God.
It may be helpful to know my background. I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old yet in the last several months have dealt with many doubts and my faith was shaken. I was not angry at God and did not feel that He had treated me unfairly. I just somehow stopped assuming He existed and have been begging Him to show Himself to me. Someone suggested Collins’ books and this was the first I chose to read. The book seemed to give more credibility to by doubts than my faith.
Growing up a Christian I was raised on literal Bible interpretation (including Genesis 1 & 2) and that evolution was an unproven theory. I agree with the author that the mutual exclusivity of Christianity and evolution is a paradigm furthered by both Christians and Evolutionists. This book is the first intelligent argument I’ve heard that this does not have to be the case. That being said, Collins comes off a lot more confident in evolution than the existence of God. When he argues that the term theory in evolutionary theory does not mean “unproven” as much as it means “frame of thinking,” such as ‘music theory,’ part of me was really upset. I felt the collapsing of a lot of previously blindly held beliefs. I had to digest this for a while as the acceptance of evolutionary research seemed to edge God out of the picture in my mind as I realized how much I had let both secular and Christian cultures drive a wedge between the two ideas.
I do not have a scientific background and therefore no means to argue with Collins but I was confused by his idolization of Darwin. Though I understand Darwin was brilliant and innovative, I struggle to believe how someone in that time could have every theory upheld by all the modern technology and revelation that has come since his time. Collins never seems to show any weakness in Darwin’s work.
As much as the book poked at my commonly held assumptions, I believe it would probably do the same to anyone who came in not believing in God but as open-minded as I was to the idea of the opposite being true. Collins is able to depict the detail and complexity of life and, while being very open on his confidence in evolution, is insistent that such does not negate the possibility of God. He repeatedly suggests evolution as the means God chose to use.
Beliefs in creation, intelligent design, and even life beginning at conception will be challenged in this book. Despite not holding this traditional Christian beliefs, Collins very factually and without heavy reliance on personal experiences argues that the moral conscience and human longing for God may just be the very evidence of a God who had, has and will have a part with human life.
Excelente libro, abre el debate y nos conduce a la solución del dilema. El Lenguaje de Dios es uno de esos libros que nos conduce a la reflexión sin entrar en contradicción con los sentimientos espirituales mas elevados. Me ha gustado muchísimo la lectura de este libro y puedo decir sin temor a equivocarme que los lectores sentirán la armonía en cada capitulo, en cada párrafo. Bien redactado y de fácil lectura, lleno de ejemplos, los cuales sustentan los argumentos de su autor. Ilustrado en algunas paginas y con un magnifico glosario que ayuda al lector a localizar lo que le interesa rápidamente. He aprendido mucho en sus paginas y mis argumentos se fortalecen al darme cuenta que la religión y la ciencia son las dos caras de una misma moneda. El pensamiento religioso y científico esta cambiando y se esta ajustando en estos nuevos tiempos y por medio de documentos como estos que esta realidad esta sucediendo. Provecho en su lectura.
Crick founded the BioLogos.com website to explore dialog on these matters. This book is a necessary primer for joining that discussion.
Great for both sides of the issue, Agnostics or Fundamental/Conservative Young Earth Creationists!