The Language of God
Author: Francis Collins
Publisher: Free Press
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A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists -- yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious -- not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.
"The Language of God" makes the case for God and for science. Dr. Collins considers and dismisses 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.
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.
"In today's world, scarred by cultural warfare, it is rare for a scientist to offer a testimony of faith in God. For that scientist to be one of the world's most renowned is rarer still. For his testimony to be so lucid and compelling, combining reason and revelation, science and spirit, is unheard of. "The Language of God" belongs on the shelf of every believer and every seeker." - Dr. Robert H. Schuller
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I heard Dr. Collins speak at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. and I was fascinated by his humility, his distinguished scientific and medical background as well as his spiritual journey from being an atheist to an agnostic and to a follower of Jesus Christ. He heads up the Human Genome Project in Washington D.C.
I did not know that he had written this book; I came across it while browsing through bookstores in Pakistan, and I am glad I did. Dr. Collins does not disappoint. He is an intelligent man, a scientist of great depth and humility. He writes about his journey of faith and the discovery of the human genome (the hereditary code of life) that â€œconsists of text that is 3 billion letters long and a reading of that code at a rate of one letter per second would take 31 years, reading day and night.â€œ
His writing, powerful yet in laymenâ€™s terms that I could understand, addresses the chasm between science and faith, the origins of the universe, the world of the scientific community and their belief in God as well as the moral challenges posed by science and medicine. His spiritual journey was affected by C.S. Lewis to whom he refers quite a bit (by whose writings I myself have been thoroughly challenged over the years).
Dr. Collins writes about some strongly debatable issues such as evolution, creationism and intelligent design and his rigorous mind will make you think from page one. I have to agree with William D. Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics and his comments on this book. â€œEveryone who questions how faith could be reconciled with scientific knowledge, everyone who fears that modern science attacks the heart of religious faith, everyone interested in an enlightened discussion of a crucial issue of our time should read this book.â€
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