Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith
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Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

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by Francis S. Collins, Meg Saunders
     
 

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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

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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

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Editorial Reviews

America Magazine
“Francis S. Collins—a foremost geneticist and author of the bestselling The Language of God—has compiled a rich array of readings in his new book.”
The Bookwatch
“Any seeking clarity on the debate between reason and faith will find this an engrossing collection.”
Rabbi - David Wolpe
"BELIEF is more than an anthology; it is a provocation, a brilliant, wide ranging and powerful series of readings on the possibilities, problems and mysteries of faith. This book belongs on the shelf of every believer – and every serious skeptic."
Reverend - James Martin
"This life-giving, faith-filled and hard-nosed collection reveals why, as St. Anselm wrote, true faith always seeks to understand."
Nancy Murphy
“Because I teach in the area of faith and reason I have a shelf full of anthologies, and I have to say that this is the most varied and interesting of them all.”
Philip Yancy
“As I read through the chapters, I felt I was at a banquet table with old friends. What a feast Francis Collins has served!”
Andrew Newberg
A wonderful expose on the different arguments for religious and spiritual beliefs. These readings are critical for our understanding of religion and will be essential for fostering greater dialogue about the nature of religion in the future. An important read for anyone interested in the study of religion and spirituality.
Rabbi David Wolpe
“BELIEF is more than an anthology; it is a provocation, a brilliant, wide ranging and powerful series of readings on the possibilities, problems and mysteries of faith. This book belongs on the shelf of every believer – and every serious skeptic.”
Rev. James Martin
“This life-giving, faith-filled and hard-nosed collection reveals why, as St. Anselm wrote, true faith always seeks to understand.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061787348
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
282,296
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Philip Yancy
“As I read through the chapters, I felt I was at a banquet table with old friends. What a feast Francis Collins has served!”
Andrew Newberg
A wonderful expose on the different arguments for religious and spiritual beliefs. These readings are critical for our understanding of religion and will be essential for fostering greater dialogue about the nature of religion in the future. An important read for anyone interested in the study of religion and spirituality.
James Martin
“This life-giving, faith-filled and hard-nosed collection reveals why, as St. Anselm wrote, true faith always seeks to understand.”
Nancy Murphy
“Because I teach in the area of faith and reason I have a shelf full of anthologies, and I have to say that this is the most varied and interesting of them all.”
David Wolpe
“BELIEF is more than an anthology; it is a provocation, a brilliant, wide ranging and powerful series of readings on the possibilities, problems and mysteries of faith. This book belongs on the shelf of every believerand every serious skeptic.”

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Meet the Author

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is a pioneer gene hunter. He spent fifteen years as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the international Human Genome Project to a successful completion. For his revolutionary contributions to genetic research he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, and the National Medal of Science in 2009. He is the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

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Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
whataboutthekurds More than 1 year ago
I'm not at all comparing this Dr. with him, but Dr. Men gele, a very fine Dr. I'v read, certainly had "Faith", wehatever definition one wants to use for it, in his ideology. I still would insist any Dr. leave his "FAITH" at the exam room door, and deal with verifiable facts in practice of his profession. Otherwise, he should become a Christian Scientist and limit his duties to praying by my bedside.l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know exactly what this author is trying to prove, but iif he thinks he is proving the existence of god he has failed miserably.