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 and scripture. 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.
He explains his own journey from atheism to faith, and then takes listeners 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 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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"Collins' credibility as a scientist and his sincerity as a believer make for an engaging combination, especially for those who, like him, resist being forced to choose between science and God." (Publishers Weekly)
I feel that this book addressed some of the more superficial or commonly argued issues with regard to the merging of science and religion, but glossed over what, to me, are the more fundamental philosophical issues and took answers to those more fundamental questions as a given. Some of the information regarding how DNA works was interesting, but I was looking for more detail around the mechanisms and the elegance of DNA. The book did have some of that, but not as much as I would have expected. After all, God is in the details.
Definitely recommend if you are a science-minded individual. We sometimes struggle with the potential conflict between science and faith. Collins does a great job at presenting a case for harmonization between the two with a logical, factual driven approach.
Utterly fascinating. This is one of the few books so compelling that I've had to recommend to family. It does require a rudimentary base of knowledge in the sciences and in faith, but across that spectrum, it appeals to a wide variety (from myself, with a basic knowledge to my father, a Ph.D with a degree in molecular biology). Thought-provoking and extremely well-presented, the theology is a bit 'off' from traditional presentations of faith and the sciences, but compelling for all that. Highly recommended.
This book was fascinating, fair and far reaching. As a Christian Pastor the author answered many questions. As a follower of Christ having come out of strong belief against Christianity the truth of his own experience resonated with my own. Christianity is a mystery but also very rational.
While I found the parts of the book meant to convince believers to accept science more persuasive than the parts meant to convince scientists to believe, I did find the entire book to be well thought out and interesting. Collins calming tone and unique perspective allows the science/religion debate to detoxify enough to see that the current fight-to-the-death attitude on both sides is not necessary. I would love for him to write further on the subject - perhaps more in depth on an explanation of his personal beliefs and how he got there. I see how he is a diest, but I am still unsure how he made the jump to theist. Since hearing his book and I am putting more time and effort into deciding where my own beliefs lie. All in all, a great listen and highly recommended.
If you are a believer, read C.S Lewis' Mere Christianity then follow with this outstanding book.
If you don't believe, then read "The Language of God" and when compelled read C.S. Lewis.
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