The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

by Francis S. Collins
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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists. He works at the cutting edge of the study of DNA, the code of life. Yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. He believes that God cares about us and can intervene in human affairs -- on rare occasions, even miraculously. Collins has personally discovered some of the scientific evidence for the common descent of all living creatures, even though he repudiates the materialist, atheistic worldview argued by many prominent Darwinists.

In short, Dr. Collins provides a satisfying solution for the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious -- combined into one worldview. The God that he believes in is a God who can listen to prayers and cares about our souls. The biological science he has advanced is compatible with such a God. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

For many years Dr. Collins kept his views largely to himself, as he helped oversee the Human Genome Project's stunning sequencing of the code of life. Now, in what may be the most important melding of reason and revelation since C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, Dr. Collins explains himself in detail. The Language of God makes the case for God and for science. Dr. Collins considers and rejects several positions along the spectrum from atheism to young-earth creationism -- including agnosticism and Intelligent Design. Instead, he proposes a new synthesis, a new way to think about an active, caring God who created humankind through evolutionary processes.

He has heard every argument against faith from scientists, and he can refute them. He has also heard the needless rejection of scientific truths by some people of faith, and he can counter that, too. He explains his own journey from atheism to faith, and then takes readers on a stunning tour of modern science to show that physics, chemistry, and biology can all fit together with belief in God and the Bible. The Language of God is essential reading for anyone who wonders about the deepest questions of all: Why are we here? How did we get here? And what does life mean?

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ISBN-13: 9781597224192
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Series: Wheeler Hardcover Ser.
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the last hundred years a battle between Christian fundamentalists and evolutionists has been greatly intensified. As more and more scientific evidence for evolution has been revealed, many Christians (including myself) started to feel that science was attacking their beliefs. In response to this attack, they have closed their eyes, ears, and minds to the overwhelming facts that point to evolution as the process that created mankind. In his book The Language of God Francis S. Collins, who directed the Human Genome Project, writes to both sides of the argument arguing that Christianity can, and does, work in perfect harmony with evolution. For most of my life I have included myself as a follower of young earth creationism, a group of people Collins calls a ¿well-meaning, God-fearing people, driven by deep concerns that naturalism is threatening to drive God out of human experience.. I, along with the rest of this group, often fill gaps in our knowledge of the formation of the world with God. When science then fills those gaps, the foundation that we have set our beliefs on crumbles, and often our faith crumbles with it. Collins urges Christians to change their foundation to science, whose rules were made by God, and will only support the argument for his presence and his creation of the earth. In a time where science seems to be attacking religion from all angles, the brilliant Collins raises a clear, intelligent voice that speaks up for believers of both religion and science. For Christians and seekers alike, The Language of God can give harmony within by showing the harmony that exists between science and God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a non believer, I am sort of attracted to this opposing point of view. However, this book had a greater affect on me and I am starting to reexamine the possibility that I may have been arrogant to be so certain of my position. This is a difficult realization to have as a very well established scientist myself. Congratulations, Dr. Collins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I assumed the tag line "A scientist presents evidence for belief" meant the author would present (or at least try to present) scientific evidence for belief. The only thing the author points to as evidence is what C. S. Lewis called the "Moral Law". While that might be compelling to some, I read this book hoping to be presented evidence informed by the author's amazing career. With that said, this was a fun read about genetics and it was cool to learn about the Human Genome Project and the author's own faith journey. But again, nothing new as far as evidence for belief
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a book looking to indoctrinate Intelligent Design upon the reader. Rather Dr. Collins rejects the ID concept entirely. Rather he proposes the concept of theological evolution (BioLogos), which was a revelation to me and one that I was entirely unaware of. Dr. Collins offers amazing insight into the compatibility of science and faith. Dont be intimidated by the subject matter. In a world that frequently marginalizes faith as a fairy tale or mythology Dr. Collins offers hard science as a means to counter those that reject God and forces them to realize it takes a leap of faith of their own to back their own belief system. Challenge yourself no matter your belief and read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We continue to fight the battle of Creation: Evolution vs. the Bible. Collins in this short but thorough treatment has shown us that science and religion can reach the same conclusions, there is no reason for the constant bickering. He presents powerful scientific evidence to support the concept of evolution while at the same time giving strong support to faith and a belief in a Divine Creator. His arguments are cogent and his data lend strong evidence to his argument. He says, in effect, "Let us reason together." He gives equal weight to the values of both science and religion. Perhaps some of the most convincing evidence comes late in the book in the words of Darwin himself. Collins is trying to bridge the gap between the two warring factions and points out the strengths of both sides. To him, there is no reason for the dispute. "Blessed are the peacemakers..."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and does have value but its argument for belief is extremely weak. Dr. Collins' conversion from atheism to belief is clearly based on C.S. Lewis' argument that morality is proof of God. This Moral Law argument is based on very simple analogies, the assumption that all humans have the same moral values, and seriously flawed logic. In my eyes, Dr. Collins loses credibility by embracing the Moral Law with such enthusiasm and his failure to critically analyze C.S. Lewis' argument. The book does pose a serious threat to those that believe in Intelligent Design. Dr. Collins' comparison of the DNA of humans and animals clearly supports Darwinian evolution. He argues that the second human chromosome is a fusion of the second and third chromosome in primates, convincing him that humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor - not exactly the kind of information that will be embraced by the literal readers of the Bible. This observation is clearly not the 'evidence' promised in the subtitle as it does more to advance the cause of atheists and agnostics. Dr. Collins ultimately settles on a belief system that he calls BioLogos, a renaming of Theistic Evolution. This is nothing more than Deism with more scientific understanding. It promotes the view that God 'who is outside of space and time' got the universe started, jump-started life and then evolution took over. This view has no need for theology, the Bible, a belief in Jesus, or any of the dogma of the world's religion. It is a view that has so little claims that there is no need for proof or no logic to analyze. It is, in my opinion, a very lazy approach to religion with no room for critical analysis. In summary, Dr. Collins gives much 'evidence' of evolution but does not offer any for God - nor does his belief system require any. His aim does not seem to be to prove that God exists but to say that science and faith can exist together in harmony. I agree that science has not proved that God does not exist but Dr. Collins does not give any 'evidence' that He does either. Because of this, I find the subtitle misleading. Dr. Collins may have 'belief' but what that belief relates to is not necessary the God believe in by the Abrahamic religions. For those interested in evolution, I strongly recommend Part Two. Part One and Three, however, hold little value to the believer or the skeptic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very powerful novel written discussing the relationship of science and religion with reason. Collins is finally the voice of reason we have long awaited. Collins discusses how evolution and faith are compatible. Collins a former atheist, discovers god and sees his faith in a new light. He discusses the bond between science and faith. As well as the great questions of Human existence, and the origins of the universe, and our existence on Earth, and in the end lessons of the Human Genome. In the end Collins leaves you with the discussion of Faith in Science and Faith in God. A book that is a must read for anyone wishing to look deeper into their faith and believe in a new repect.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
The language of God had a profound effect on me. As a corporate director for a fortune 500 company I continually strive to incorporate spirituality in the workplace. Not as an in-your-face endeavor, but rather as an example. With the way the world is becoming and indeed, our own nation, I find this to be an ardous task.

This book, helped me over some rough spots. Having recently read the God Delusion and God Is Not Great, I was in dire need of a refreshing view from my side of the fence.

This book will fortify what you already know and will be a great comfort to you as you live out your life in this changing time.

Now I only need for the author to continue the tread and write several more books. I can assure you that I will buy and cherish all of them.

Michael L. Gooch, SPHR
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually hate the Christian non-fiction selection of books, but this one was intelligent, thoughtful, and portrayed an acurate view of what science is and is not. More importantly is shows how Christians should not be afraid of science, even more, that they should encourage their children in the sciences as much as any other school subject. Dr. Collins shows that you can be an evolutionist and still a faithful, God-honoring, Biblically based Christian. Yeah!
Mason Smith More than 1 year ago
It seemed like it took forever to explain a christians belief in evolution through biologos but it was deeply satisfying and an excellent thought provoking read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw Dr. Collins at a scientific lecture, at which time he mentioned that later that evening he would be presenting a lecture on Science and Religion. I found him a dynamic speaker and decided to buy the book. This book presents insightful and thought provoking arguments for why Science and Religion are not truly at odds with themselves as many would like you to believe. A portion of it was his journey from atheism to faith as well as the experiences of several other believing scientists, which lightens the reading to keep it from being to much like a textbook. The rest of it analyzes how the big bang theory, evolution and other hot-button topics in relation to religion. It is written so that someone without a strong scientific background can understand both the theory and the reason that the theory is not incompatible with faith. One of my favorite quotes from the book is a quote from Galileo, "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
Guest More than 1 year ago
very good investment of your time and money. One of the best things I've ready in a long while - If you liked Blink or Tipping Point by Gladwell - you'll like this even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is rare. A first rate scientist relates his scientific understanding and his faith in terms which can be understood by those not formally trained in the laws of chemistry and physics.Science helps my faith walk with Christ. It does not hinder.
Rendfest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Of course it matched up pretty well with my own ideas about how religion and science co-exist. If you didn't enjoy Biology class this book might be a bit heavy.
GarycUT More than 1 year ago
One of the worlds top bio scientists explains his change from an agnostic thru a wondered to a careful consideration about the wonders of all living things. He is not preaching any single religion, but shares his amazement at the complexities of DNA & what it means & implies. Very carefully thot out, should be a "must read" for all who think about life & it's meaning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the most powerful aspects of the author's arguments for a harmony between faith and objective science center on debunking the most popular theological perspectives that oppose Evolutionary Theory. Arguments like Intelligent Design are carefully and gracefully swept out of the way in favor for the author's own creationism meets evolution narrative. Ironically, the author seems to do more to forward the case for an atheistic point of view by dispmissing the creationist perspectives of today with the most strength and following. Relying of C.S. Lewis, the author rests the foundation of his premise on the claim that all people have a preprogrammed sense of Morality that is universal across all people and which cannot be explained by evolutionary theory. The moment the reader discounts that, as many before have discounted C.S. Lewis' arguments based on recent anthropopical findings on the metabolite of moral law across cultures, the author's argument falls flat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evolution is a lie , this book presents powerful case for creator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent
ria bela More than 1 year ago
love this it. books
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
All books that seek to reason a way to belief in God (or a god) suffer from the same problem, which is that ultimately you can't prove what must be a faith-based decision. However, Collins does a good job of looking at the juxtaposition of faith and science, and how each seeks to address the greater questions of life. He then looks at four different world-view options, and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each. The strength of this book is actually in his explanation of the scientific perspective, but as a believer he represents that position well, and one can learn a great deal about both science and religion without feeling either side is overrepresented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows -with an easy to understand language- how rational the belief in God can be. Francis Collins is one of the greatest modern scientists in the world, and a Christian. So no surprise if he is absolutely convinced about theistic evolution. As a scientist, I was so happy to read about a faith so similar to mine. Corrado Ghinamo (author of "The Beautiful Scientist")
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whataboutthekurds More than 1 year ago
This guy sure likes to wear his rdeligion on his sleeve. I don't care what he believes. A dr. knows no more about God than a starfish. As for "Faith", it's anhj emotion, not a mkaterial thing. I wish everyoneb would getn that through their heads. Faith means nothing more than hope. It's not a real measurable thing. Should not be used in language like it's some kind of gem or something. Religionists have been getting away using that word like it's gold forever. It should stop. Faith doesn't warrant "respect". No more than a comfortable chair. It's just a good feeling. No5thing more. Like this: "I believe it because I have "faith". See? Itn means hope. Nothing more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply an exceptional book.