The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions [NOOK Book]

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Christians affirm that everything exists because of God--from subatomic quarks to black holes. Science often claims to explain nature without including God at all. And thinking Christians often feel forced to choose between the two.

But the good news is that we don't have to make a choice. Science does not overthrow the Bible. Faith does not require rejecting science. World-renowned scientist Francis Collins,...
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The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions

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Overview

Christians affirm that everything exists because of God--from subatomic quarks to black holes. Science often claims to explain nature without including God at all. And thinking Christians often feel forced to choose between the two.

But the good news is that we don't have to make a choice. Science does not overthrow the Bible. Faith does not require rejecting science. World-renowned scientist Francis Collins, author of
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Editorial Reviews

Rachel Held Evans
"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."
Peter Enns
"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."
Nancey Murphy
"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."
Daniel M. Harrell
"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."
Doctor - Tim Johnson
"This book is destined to become a classic for those who, with an open mind, are willing to seriously wrestle with questions about the relationship of modern science with Christian faith. It is not for the faint of heart but is a treasure trove for those willing to dig deepinto this critical subject."
Owen Gingerich
"Two challenging languages, one old and wise, one modern and awesome. Two very different accounts of human origins. Can the book of Scripture and the book of nature both be true in the age of science? We need sympathetic and enlightening interpreters. Happily Giberson and Collins here offer a guide to the perplexed that is reverent, relevant and very well-informed."
Joel C. Hunter
"As a pastor, I am constantly searching for resources that will guide people to the fullness of God. I care that my congregation be attracted toward God's artistry, moved by his majesty and intellectually challenged by his sovereignty. This book is at the top of my recommendations both as an evaluation of theories of creation and as a devotional that prompts us to revere the Creator."
Dr. Tim Johnson
"This book is destined to become a classic for those who, with an open mind, are willing to seriously wrestle with questions about the relationship of modern science with Christian faith. It is not for the faint of heart but is a treasure trove for those willing to dig deep into this critical subject."
Dr. Joel C. Hunter
"As a pastor, I am constantly searching for resources that will guide people to the fullness of God. I care that my congregation be attracted toward God's artistry, moved by his majesty and intellectually challenged by his sovereignty. This book is at the top of my recommendations both as an evaluation of theories of creation and as a devotional that prompts us to revere the Creator."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830868445
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 462,909
  • File size: 345 KB

Meet 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.
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, which spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2007, he founded The BioLogos Foundation to respond to the many queries he receives about science and faith. Since August 2009, he has served as the director of the National Institutes of Health.

His most recent books, all authored prior to his current government position, include The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine and Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith.
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Table of Contents

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Easy reading, history faith science and common sense.

    I'm a committed Christian and a mathematician with a serious interest in science, so this book had to catch my eye. Francis Collins is famous for his work on the Human Genome Project and his book The Language of God. Karl Giberson works with him in the BioLogos foundation which followed that work. And this book explains very clearly why there's really no reason to deny faith or science in understanding the world. The writing makes an easy read with arguments well laid out, nicely relevant questions, clearly described science, well researched history, and easily understandable examples from everyday life.

    The history of Christianity's response to Darwin is fascinating, as is the story of Christian interpretations of Genesis-nothing like so clear-cut or one-dimensional as some would have us believe. Chapter headings such as Do I have to believe in evolution? And Why is Darwin's Theory so controversial? make it clear where the text will go. But, in between, readers learn about astronomy, cosmology, physics and chemistry as well as biology, plus a lot of history. Where does the law of entropy fit into evolution?-the answer might surprise even those who think they understand. The science is very clearly explained and the conclusions easily understood.

    Near the end, a chapter on Fine-Tuning of the universe treads close to the old God of the gaps theories, but includes a wise reminder that fine-tuning, however it comes about, is "just as necessary to produce cockroaches as humans." Finally a nicely written Modern creation story gives a pleasing narrative uniting faith and science-a wise gift to a world where all too many of us go round with one eye shut.



    Disclosure: I'd been wanting to read this for a while and I'm glad I finally found a copy.

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