The Language of God

The Language of God

A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

Book - 2006
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Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Beyond the flashpoint debates over the teaching of evolution, or stem-cell research, most of us struggle with contradictions concerning life's ultimate question. We know that accidents happen, but we believe we are on earth for a reason. Until now, most scientists have argued that science and faith occupy distinct arenas. Francis Collins, a former atheist as a science student who converted to faith as he became a doctor, is about to change that. Collins's faith in God has been confirmed and enhanced by the revolutionary discoveries in biology that he has helped to oversee. He has absorbed the arguments for atheism of many scientists and pundits, and he can refute them. Darwinian evolution occurs, yet, as he explains, it cannot fully explain human nature - evolution can and must be directed by God. He offers an inspiring tour of the human genome to show the miraculous nature of God's instruction book.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780743286398
0743286391
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 215 Col

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DavidSpencer99
Apr 13, 2019

When the man who led the United States Human Genome Project talks about the defensible relation between our best science and our faith in God, one should listen. In this book, Dr. Collins relates his own journey from non-belief to faithful devotion, reconciling science with faith without diminishing either. Along the way, he gives us a darn good lesson in the history and methodology of science.

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naturalist
Mar 30, 2019

“Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible”
by Victor Stenger, updated August 27, 2011, at The Blog, HuffPost
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victor-stenger/why-science-and-religion-_1_b_879022.html
and,
“Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible”
by Lorna Salzman, posted 2002
http://www.lornasalzman.com/collectedwritings/evolution_whyscienceandreligionareincompatible.html
and,
“Science and religion are incompatible in two major ways”
with John Shook, posted June 15, 2009, at It’s Only Natural
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/science_and_religion_are_incompatible_in_two_major_ways/

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naturalist
Apr 15, 2016

“The Language of God: Collins vs. Dawkins”
by Adam Lee, March 2011,
“The Language of God, Chapter 7”, by B.J. Marshall
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/2011/03/tlog-collins-vs-dawkins/
and,
“theistic evolution” defined at Rational Wiki
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Theistic_evolution
and,
“Francis Collins can’t help himself” from Why Evolution Is True
https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/francis-collins-cant-help-himself/
and,
“Francis Collins pollutes science with religion” also from Why Evolution Is True
https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/francis-collins-pollutes-science-with-religion/
and,
“The Strange Case of Francis Collins” by Sam Harris
https://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-strange-case-of-francis-collins
and,
“Dawkins v. Collins Debate” by Gary J. Whittenberger 2006
http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/07-02-28/

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tinadanielle
Jan 14, 2015

A good book, however some of the premises were based on assumptions that I don't think are accurate. For example, Collins makes the assumption that scientists by nature wish to be different from their colleagues, and dream of being the first to make an amazing new discovery. This dream common to all scientists causes them to latch onto different ideas. He concludes that more scientists would be creation scientists if there was any scientific basis for that theory. However, the opposite is true. Scientists fear being branded as unscientific as soon as they dare to question the theory of evolution. They are afraid of losing their good reputation if they claim to believe Intelligent Design or Creation. They fear being ostracised. A numbers argument is not a convincing argument. You don't convince someone to believe what you believe because more people believe it than some other alternative. Also, Collins dismisses creation science altogether, and doesn't bother to knock down any creation science theories, or show their flaws. It's a good book - easy to read and understand, and I do enjoy the web site biologos. They have very interesting articles, and they have a reading list and a book club there. It also caused me to dig deeper into the faith/religion and evolution/creation debate.

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sairen42
Oct 18, 2011

If the search for a union between faith and science is a topic you've already done a fair amount of reading on, this book does not add much that is new or go into any particular depth. I found his repetition of CS Lewis to be simplistic, and would recommend simply reading CS Lewis if a rationalization of faith is something you want.
On the other hand, if this is your first approach to the topic, Collins sets a reasonable, conciliatory tone that is refreshing and worth the read.

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JuniperAvenue
Aug 18, 2011

Very thought-provoking. The author takes the position that science and faith should be in harmony. A very encouraging book for a non-fundamentalist believer like myself. I recommend this book to creationists who interpret the biblical account of Genesis literally, and to atheists and agnostics who don't.

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markd
Jan 22, 2011

A very good book - I could not put it down. Dr. Collins was the head of the Human Genome project. I found his perspectives refreshing regarding science and faith. I recommend this book for anyone who's ever wondering how one can reconcile the two.

riki Aug 21, 2010

excellent science, excellent theology

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AnamCara
Jan 25, 2008

This was an interesting book written by a scientist in charge of the GENOME project and his impressions of the science/religion/spirituality conflicts.

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