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The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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"After all the shouting in this science/religion conflict, I appreciated the calm, respectful tone that characterizes The Language of Science and Faith." (LeRoy Lawson, Christian Standard, September 2012)
"We need more models like this that show us how to interact with the issues so that we will not continue to hypocritically take advantage of the advances of science while rejecting its foundational theories. Collins and Giberson are humble and gentle guides in this regard." (Amos Yong, The Pneuma Review, Summer 2012)
"In this informative and accessible book, [Giberson and Collins] answer many questions about evolution and its relation to Christian faith." (The Christian Century, May 2, 2012)
"This book should convince those sitting on or near the fence on questions of evolution and Christian belief. In this context, I heartily recommend The Language of Science and Faith." (Thomas Jay Oord, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 40(4))
"This book will illuminate an under-exposed mind to methods of science oftentimes demonized. If nothing else, The Language of Science and Faith makes a great read and an excellence source of insight into a side of the creation-evolution debate not typically explored by evangelicals." (Cody Hamilton Nygard, The Baptist Standard, August 15, 2011)
"The authors disentangle the false conclusions of Christians and atheists alike about science and evolution from the actual results of research in astronomy, physics, geology and genetics. In its place they find a story of the grandeur and beauty of a world made by a supremely creative God." (Christian News, March 21, 2011)
"For too long, followers of Jesus have been told they have to make a choice―between science and Christianity, reason and belief, their intellectual integrity and their faith. The Language of Science and Faith is a readable and comprehensive resource for the thoughtful Christian who refuses to choose. Giberson and Collins tackle difficult topics with charity, accessibility and integrity, moving the origins conversation forward in a way that honors God and builds up the church. This is a must-read for those who want to love the Lord with their heart, soul, mind and strength." (Rachel Held Evans, author of Evolving in Monkey Town)
"Collins and Giberson add a learned and engaging voice to the continuing struggle between Christian faith and scientific knowledge. The authors are central figures in advancing a true conversation between an ancient faith and modern ways of knowing, and it is hard to match their experience in dealing with the central questions covered in this volume. The Language of Science and Faith is an accessible distillation of their wisdom and I recommend it with great enthusiasm." (Peter Enns, Senior Fellow in Biblical Studies, The BioLogos Foundation)
"The theory of evolution raises important questions for Christians of all sorts, but this book is the best I've found to address the concerns of American evangelicals. It is written in clear enough language to be accessible to students at a variety of levels, yet sophisticated enough to be of interest to professionals in both science and theology. It is at once intelligent and inspiring." (Nancey Murphy, professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
"Concise. Clear. Convincing. The Language of Science and Faith provides a straightforward means whereby the two sides of this contentious issue can get themselves on the same page. I recommend it as a resource for individuals and groups who want to believe that God speaks through both Scripture and nature." (Daniel M. Harrell, Ph.D., senior minister, Colonial Church, Edina, Minn., and author of Natures Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith)
About the Author
Karl Giberson (PhD, physics) is an internationally known scholar, speaker and writer. He has written or coauthored nine books and lectured on science and religion at the Vatican, Oxford University, London´s Thomas Moore Institute and many prestigious American venues including MIT, The Harvard Club and Xavier University. Dr. Giberson has published more than two hundred reviews and essays, both technical and popular, in outlets that include the New York Times, CNN.com, The Guardian, USA Today, LA Times and Salon.com. He is a regular contributor to the public dialogue on science and faith, and has appeared as a guest on NPR´s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation as well as other radio programs. He blogs at The Huffington Post where his articles have generated thousands of comments and are frequently featured. From 1984 to 2011, Dr. Giberson was a professor at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) where he received numerous recognitions and awards. From 2007 to 2010 he headed the Forum on Faith and Science at Gordon College. For three years, ending in 2009, he was the program director for the prestigious Venice Summer School on Science & Religion. Dr. Giberson now teaches writing and science and religion in the Cornerstone Program at Stonehill College.
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This causes the book to have a (slightly) different tone as Giberson seems a little more open to the possibility of positions that are not his own and he often represents all positions well. He is also clear, however, on where he stands – which is often in the territory of beliefs that would make most Christians holding traditional opinions very uncomfortable. He is a staunch supporter of evolution, but while making his argument he pokes holes in several of the misconceptions Christians claim about evolution when they argue against it (such as humans not coming from monkeys, but humans and monkeys descending from a common ancestor). As part of this, Giberson proposes non-literal interpretations of the Genesis creation account he says do not conflict with Biblical inspiration.
Traditional Christian thought would claim that if Giberson’s arguments are true, it removes God from the picture and if God is not seen as necessary for creation, He may not exist. The author argues against this, claiming evolution may simply be the means God used to create. The author(s) continually claim that science and religion, by definition, do not overlap and that a proper handling of science will never speculate on the existence of God. I do think many Christians assume improper application of scientific explanations. I found the arguments compelling and would recommend the book simply because I feel many believers lack exposure to differing thought on this topic. This seems to be an issue where the mindset is that any credit given to an opposing position is a slippery slope to atheism. As a result, many Christians cannot dialogue on this topic intelligently.
One weakness I observed was that early on the author tries to downplay the work of Charles Darwin. He argues that Darwin is almost a straw man used by those opposing evolution and that because Darwin’s work is so old, many scientific advances since his time have led to a science community that does not rely on or accept much of Darwin’s work with the loyalty critics claim. At the time I felt that was a convincing point that was only weakened as Giberson then went on to refer to and site Darwin many times throughout the book, seemingly discrediting his own claim.
All that said, the book was insightful and thought provoking. My mind does not work in a way that leads me to easily grasp scientific thought and I do not read biology books for fun. But I do feel this is a serious enough topic that refusing to expose ourselves to a variety of information is harmful. That’s why I would recommend the book for every Christian. Not to become convinced, but simply to consider.
They develop their ideas systematically in a series of very readable chapters that lead from early scientists and theologians to some of the modern theories that link science and religion. The chapters take the form of a dialogue consisting of common questions and answers that explain why evolution is true and consistent with Christian belief. I liked the fact that the authors did not ridicule creationists but produced logical answers to the objections raised by fundamentalists and atheists alike.
I have a scientific background and so am familiar with their arguments, but I still enjoyed their presentation. One can read this book and feel comfortable with one's faith and one's acceptance of the fact of evolution.
Evolution is often pitted as the anti-thesis to Christianity. This book would serve as a great starting point for young people and also for Christian pastors to help them understand the major issues and point them in directions that actually affirm God's existence. As a trained biologist, I found the evolution conversation, while accurate, rather surface. However, I recognize that a broadly accessible book of this nature must be this way. I liked the discussion regarding the "finely tuned universe" very much. It was one the most readable descriptions I had ever encountered regarding the origin of the fundamental forces of nature, and the pivotal role of these forces and the unique chemical elements in the origin and development of life. I also liked that the authors readily acknowledge that while the fundamental evidence/mechanisms of evolution are no longer in doubt, that in no way eliminates the element of the mystery and wonder of life. For example, how/where did the first life originate on earth? The truth is that science has no clear understanding regarding this question, but as the authors plainly point out, this is a completely different question the question of how existing life develops through the process of evolution.
The book offers scant theological discussion regarding how evolution might be reconciled with the most conservative, literal, or traditional theological interpretations the Bible, but I suppose that is reasonable since neither author is a theologian. Perhaps someday, some well-known and respected theological scholars will have the courage to tackle these questions. Until that day arrives when Christian theologians are willing to partner with Christian scientists, engage the realities of evolution, and articulate a theology consistent with God's entire created order, the confusion and hostility between science and faith will likely continue unabated. Will the theologians rise to the challenge? To date, such courage appears virtually non-existent. But we can always hope...
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